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Don't do witness; BE a witness 
 
Dear Friend,
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The act of sharing your faith, being a witness to Christ, can be difficult, a bit scary, and sometimes risky. Recently a young mother shared with me how she took that risk in a very natural and authentic way. Amy admits that her faith used to be more cultural than a personal faith in Christ. But she now has a living faith and tries to give her crazy, busy life over to God each day with intention and joy. And what's more, she's sharing that faith with others.
 
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In Christ,
 
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Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
 

 
ARISE takes root in Diocese of Brooklyn 
RENEW staff members Sr. Maureen Colleary FSP, at right in photo, and Manuel Hernandez presented information needed to launch ARISE Together in Christ and LEVÁNTATE. Unamanos en Cristo to parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Leadership workshops, in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole, gathered parish teams to discuss the steps needed to lead this small-group process of evangelization in their communities. In May, RENEW’s staff will return to present  training on Catholic evangelization in a parish setting. For more information about ARISE Together in Christ, please visit: www.renewintl.org/arise.
 

 
   
RENEW to honor three at annual Gala
 
 Three Catholic laypeople will be honored at RENEW International's 17th annual Gala, held June 2 at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, New Jersey. The honorees, pictured from left to right, are Joseph Franzetti, receiving the President's Award; Mary Ryan, receiving the Msgr. Thomas Kleissler Award; and Renée DeGagné, receiving the Spirit of RENEW Award. To read more about these outstanding personalities, click here.
 

 
Parish at historic church pioneers Be My Witness 
 
Article ImageA parish that is housed in a 166-year-old church in New Jersey's largest city  is among the first parishes to enroll in Be My Witness/Sean mis testigos, a new offering from RENEW International for evangelization.
 
The congregation, comprising English- and Spanish-speaking parishioners, worships at St. Patrick Pro-Cathedral, Newark, where Fr. Bismark Chau (photo at right) is pastor. The church was dedicated in 1850 and soon became the cathedral when the Holy See created the Diocese of Newark, which included all of New Jersey.
 
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Author discusses his path 
to ´╗┐Creation at the Crossroads
Article ImageMonsignor Ed Ciuba talks to parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish in Westfield, N.J. about how his background as a scripture scholar led him to care deeply about how we care for the environment. After speaking, he signed copies of his book Creation at the Crossroads, a faith-sharing resource from RENEW International based on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. This event was one of several held at area churches where small faith-sharing groups are using the book.
 
For more information and to download a sample session of Creation at the Crossroads, click here.
 

 
Calendar of Events - Join us! 
 
May 22-26 | National Conference of Catechetical Leaders (NCCL) Conference Hyatt Regency, Jacksonville, Florida
Calling everyone involved in adult faith formation, catechesis, religious education! RENEW’s staff will be travelling to Jacksonville to make presentations and meet with pastoral leaders from around the country. On Monday, Greg Kremer, RENEW’s director of diocesan sales and services, will offer a workshop themed “Forming Missionary Disciples through Parish Small-Faith Sharing Groups.” On Tuesday, Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, RENEW’s president and executive director will present: "Mission Matters: The Social Dimension of the New Evangelization." Please stop by to visit us at our exhibit booth No. 101.
 
June 15 | Author Book Signing | Fairfield University Book Store, Fairfield, Connecticut
RENEW author and scripture scholar Martin Lang will sign his book Luke: My Spirit Rejoices!, the first in the new RENEW Scripture Series and a 2016 Association of Catholic Publishers award finalist. The event will take place at the Fairfield University Book Store, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield, Connecticut, on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m.
 
June 18 | Catholic Bible Summit | New York Catholic Center, New York City
RENEW International will be exhibiting at the New York Catholic Bible Summit at Cathedral High School, 350 East 56th Street in Manhattan. RENEW author Martin Lang will be on hand at the RENEW table from 10:30 a.m. until noon to sign copies of his book on the Gospel of Luke: Luke: My Spirit Rejoices! To register for the summit, click here.
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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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