Mary Magdalene: Apostle of the Apostles
Mary Magdalene was one of the many women who accompanied Jesus during his Galilean ministry. Mary was, as St. Thomas Aquinas proclaimed, an “Apostle of the Apostles,” because she was the one who announced Jesus’ resurrection to the Twelve and to the world. And yet most people today think of her as “the prostitute” or as the “repentant sinner” and not as an apostle. There is nothing in the Gospels that supports this idea, so how did Mary get this reputation, and who was she really?
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
Be My Witness: '
The time has arrived!'
In the first century, St. Paul wrote to the infant Church in Rome, "where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more." In our time, the corollary to this might be, "where darkness and doubt increased, inspired resources overflowed all the more."
In this spirit, David Spasia of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, writes that "The time has arrived for us to embrace resources which will be able to equip us for the journey out of the dark valley into the light of the emerging Kingdom.'' David is the Joliet diocesan coordinator of Be My Witness/Sean mis testigos,
a new process from RENEW International to form parishes for the New Evangelization. Read about David's enthusiasm for the process HERE
Kleissler Award winner gives inspiring talk
Mary Ryan, who received the Msgr. Thomas Kleissler Award at the RENEW International annual Gala in June, gave an inspiring talk at the event. Mary, a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Westfield, N.J. is a Eucharistic minister and works in prison ministry. She is a longtime RENEW participant. You can hear her moving talk by clicking HERE
RENEW presents books at Bible Summit
RENEW International featured two of its resources at the Bible Summit of the Archdiocese of New York on Saturday, June 18—OREMOS
and the first in the RENEW Scripture Series, LUKE: My Spirit Rejoices!
Martin Lang, author of the faith-sharing resource based on Luke’s Gospel was present and signed copies of his book. OREMOS
provides Spanish-language Lectionary-based reflections for every Sunday of the year. Some 98 percent of the summit attendees were Latino. The Catholic Ministries of the American Bible Society and the Catechetical Office of the archdiocese sponsored the event. Sister Honora Nolty, O.P. (photo above), assistant director of RENEW greeted visitors to RENEW's display.
RENEW scores twice in press awards
An article by Sister Theresa Rickard, O.P., on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel has won an honorable mention in the annual awards presented by the Catholic Press Association. The article by Sister Terry, president and executive director of RENEW International, appeared in the Winter 2015 edition of HORIZON, the journal of the National Religious Vocation Conference. The award was made in the category of "Best essay originating with a magazine or newsletter: professional and special interest."
Luke: My Spirit Rejoices!, the first book in the RENEW Scripture Series, also won an honorable mention in the annual awards presented by the CPA. The book, written by Martin Lang, a retired professor at Fairfield University, was chosen in the category of Scripture: Popular Studies.
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