Make Lent a Pilgrimage
Life is a journey, not an experience to cling to but a passage to union with God. Lent helps us to continue on this journey trusting that God is with us at every step and blessing those we meet along the way.
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
Show Up With Our 'Yes'—Mary's Story
Mary, who lost her sight suddenly in adulthood, gains insight about her call to be a loving witness to Jesus in her parish and beyond.
Mary's story is part of a new video series from RENEW International entitled Turning Points: Witness Stories
. The videos offer a way to help parishioners start a dialogue about faith with family and friends who have left the Church or who are religious “seekers.”
Photo by Christopher Luchis/Today's Catholic News
Six members of the St. Joseph Parish ARISE group developed the "My Friends are Cold, #click2warm" social media campaign.
ARISE Group Brings Warmth to Local Community
Led by members of an ARISE group, an initiative to assist those struggling wtih homelessness in South Bend, Indiana, raised $7,644, more than doubling its goal.
Small-Community Ideas That Work: Storytelling
Embracing the reign of God, facing the challenge of conversion, and embarking on our spiritual journeys are frequently made possible through the storytelling that takes place in small communities. When men and women share faith stories, and their parish respects and values these stories, both the individuals and the parish community grow deeper in their faith life. In the large parish, there is often nowhere to tell the stories of our faith journeys; yet, it is clear that telling our stories, and listening to others’ stories, are valuable aids to interpreting the meaning of our lives.
RENEW thanks our religious sisters for their dedicated service (left to right): Sr. Terry Rickard, OP; Sr. Eileen Carmody, PBVM; Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP; Sr. Marie Cooper, SJC; and Sr. Honora Nolty, OP.
Celebrate Consecrated Life February 7-8
World Day for Consecrated Life reminds us to pray for those in consecrated life. The day is celebrated in the Church on February 2, and it is transferred to the following Sunday to be celebrated in parishes to highlight the gift of consecrated persons to the whole Church.
For more resources and prayers for World Day for Consecrated Life, click here.
Create Your Own Custom Parish Merchandise
RENEW International is now offering custom parish merchandise to help you spread the word of the spiritual renewal happening in your parish. Items including t-shirts, hats, banners, and lawn signs encourage participation in all by those who see them.
RENEW Staff Gives to Center for Women, Children
Instead of exchanging Christmas gifts with each other, members of the RENEW International staff donated diapers, baby clothes, gift cards, and other supplies to the Center for Great Expectations
in Somerset, New Jersey. The center is "a safe place, a safe presence and a safe path" for homeless, pregnant, or parenting adult women and adolescents and their children to overcome, and break, the destructive generational cycle of trauma, abuse, homelessness and addiction. When we dropped off the gifts, the center's president and CEO, Peg Wright, gave us a tour and an update on the center. Please pray for the success of their important work.
Conference Calendar—Come Meet Us
Mid-Atlantic Congress for Catholic Leaders
February 12-14, 2015
Hilton Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
Join RENEW International at the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Congress.
Members of RENEW’s pastoral staff, Dr. Laura Zane Kolmar and Fr. Alejandro López‐Cardinale, will offer workshops in English and Spanish. In addition, RENEW’s staff will exhibit resources at our booths in the convention hall. This gathering, sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers, draws diocesan and parish ministry leaders from more than 40 dioceses.
LA Religious Education Congress
March 13-15, 2015
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
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 will have an exhibit booth and is sponsoring a book signing by Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, the author of our two‐book resource for Hispanic Catholics, La justicia brota de la fe, following his workshop appearance.
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