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October 28, 2016

St. Monica Catholic Community Journeys to Africa

In 2002 St. Monica Catholic Community forged a relationship with Holy Cross Dandora Parish, a dynamic yet under-resourced community on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Now, fourteen years later, the Holy Cross Africa Ministry (HCAM) a...

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October 21, 2016

Connecting Kinship with Community: The North Lawndale Kinship Initiative

The storied and iconic Old St. Patrick’s Church of Chicago’s West Loop is no stranger to creatively engaging the social issues of the city.  The parish’s North Lawndale Kinship Initiative represents the l...

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June 24, 2016

Small Groups: Room for God

Life is better connected. As a result, many parishes are finding their way toward small groups. Rev. Erik Arnold, Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Parish in Ellicott City, MD, describes their church...

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June 24, 2016

Missions- Be Restorers

It’s been said that, “It’s not the Church that has a mission, but a mission that has a Church.” At many churches, including Church of the Nativity in Timonium, MD, “missions” is the name of the form of ministry that serves the unmet physi...

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June 24, 2016

Ministry for the Poor

"Where did all this come from?" asked a parishioner from my former parish. This “it” was the care or predilection for the poor. Not that I was adverse or blind to the poor before, but my excuse was that I did not have the opportunity.  I was n...

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June 24, 2016

Get Out of the Office

If there is one thing that I learned and could put into practice from the late St. John Paul II, it is to get out of the office. He was the frequent flyer pontiff. It is so easy to bury ourselves in our office. We have our impressive desk, our phone...

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