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Ten Tips From Sister Terry for a Happier New Year 
Dear ,
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As this new year moves along, it's natural to think about ways in which we can live a happier and healthier life in mind, in body, and especially in spirit. I have read several articles on this topic, and I have gleaned 10 suggestions that I now pass on to you.
Have a happy and peaceful year!
To read my blog, click HERE.
In Christ,
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Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director

Part of the crowd that celebrated the completion of Season One of ARISE/LEVÁNTATE at St. Leo Parish in Brooklyn 
ARISE/LEVÁNTATE launched in Brooklyn Parishes 
Thirty-six parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn have completed the first season of ARISE Together in Christ/LEVÁNTATE. Unámonos en Cristo. Participation among Spanish-speaking parishioners was enthusiastic. For example, the Church of St. Leo in Corona had 26 Spanish small groups; St. Michael’s Church in Brooklyn had 14; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also in Brooklyn, had 12 Spanish, three English, and one Haitian Creole. Some 432 people attended the last ARISE workshop, which was held in September.

 Step up your Lenten experience!
This Lent, you can really experience the season in a fresh way with a new resource from RENEW International. LIVE LENT!—written by RENEW’s own Sr. Terry Rickard, OP—helps you create a personal 40-day Lenten plan. It invites you to explore the Sunday Gospel readings for each week of Lent along with Old Testament insights. What’s more, each day, you will find short reflections and prayer prompts in a journal format. Along the way, action suggestions encourage you to truly “live Lent.”
Perfect for use with your small group, as well as on your own.
Visit to learn more or to order. Use Promo Code LENTFRIEND15 for a 15% discount on new orders of Lenten books through February 15, 2017.

ARISE has an impact in Monterey parishes 
St. Patrick's Church, Arroyo Grande, California
Members of small groups in the Diocese of Monterey, California, have completed the fifth season of ARISE Together in Christ / LEVÁNTATE Unánamos en Cristo, and participants have been enthusiastic in their accounts of the experience. A participant from St. Patrick's parish in Arroyo Grande reported that some small groups took food to homeless people living in nearby parks, and they were received with a great deal of appreciation.
To read participants' testimonies about their experience, click HERE.

Giving the gift of life — insurance
Recently, a friend of RENEW International called to ask if we accepted gifts of life insurance. The answer is absolutely yes—through the Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler Legacy Society. Our caller had determined that his coverage was more than sufficient for his family needs, and there was some additional coverage that he was going to drop. He transferred the excess coverage to RENEW as the new owner and beneficiary.Situations like this can benefit both the recipient and the donor—for whom the donation is a potential tax advantage. Please contact Sr. Honora Nolty at 908-769-5400, extension 162, to discuss a gift of life insurance. We will put you in touch with advisors who can help you make the right decision, for you and your family, about your life … insurance!

Calendar of events 
February 16-18, 2017 | Mid-Atlantic Congress | Baltimore, MD
RENEW International will play a major role in this year’s Congress.We are presenting one of the Evangelization Showcases on Thursday morning. President Sr. Terry Rickard, OP will offer a megaworkshop on Friday. Pastoral staff Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP and Fr. Alejandro López-Cardinale will present in English and Spanish respectively. Stop by our booths 408 & 410 in the convention hall to say hello and enter our drawing. This gathering, sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers, draws diocesan and parish ministry leaders from more than 40 dioceses.
For information, visit
February 24-26, 2017|LA Religious Education Congress| Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles hosts the largest annual gathering of parish ministry leaders and volunteers in the country, with more than 25,000 attendees. RENEW’s Sr. Terry Rickard, OP will be giving two workshops: “Be My Witness: Practical Ways to Share Powerful Faith Stories,” and “The Mission-Driven Parish: Forming Missionary Disciples.” Come visit Sr. Terry and staff at booths 559 & 561 and view our resources.
For information, visit
March 11, 2017 | Diocese of Fall River Women’s & Men’s Conference |Stone Hill College, Easton, MA
Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, will keynote this Lenten-themed gathering of women and men of the diocese.

January 2017
 Fall catalog
Our Catalog
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Annual Report
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Prayer Requests
You are invited to submit your prayer intentions. The RENEW International ministerial community gathers to celebrate Eucharist each day. Your prayer intentions will be placed before the altar in our chapel and will be remembered in the prayers of our entire staff. Click here to request a prayer.

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