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April-May, 2017
St. Dominic and the Gospel of Matthew
Dear Friend,
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As a Dominican Sister, I have a special love for the Gospel of Matthew, because our founder, St. Dominic, carried with him copies of this Gospel and of the letters of St. Paul. It is said that he knew them by heart! In fact, Matthew’s Gospel was central to St. Dominic’s prayer and preaching. Because of this background, I have been especially inspired by the newest book in the RENEW Scripture Series. Click HERE to read about the riches I am finding in this book, Matthew: Come Follow Me by Martin Lang.
In Christ,
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Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director

RENEW International plans 18th annual gala
On June 8, 2017 RENEW International will celebrate its 18th annual Gala at Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange, N.J. We will be honoring four people who have connected their faith with their lives in remarkable ways:
Dave and Sue Janazzo will receive The President’s Award
Tony Coelho will receive the Spirit of RENEW Award
Msgr. Ed Ciuba will receive the Msgr. Thomas A Kleissler Award.
Click HERE for details about these honorees and how to attend the Gala.


  RENEW to mark 40 years of ministry! 
In 2018, RENEW International will celebrate 40 Years of ministry throughout the world. Celebrate in your small groups! Tell others of your RENEW experience! Join us for these events:
  • Symposium on Parish Renewal, April 19, 2018, Seton Hall University
  • Pilgrimage to Italy, September 21-30, 2018
  • Anniversary Gala, June 7, 2018 Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange, N.J.
  • Anniversary Mass, November 4, 2018, Our Lady of Mercy Church , Park Ridge, N.J.
For information call Maggie Carpen at (908) 769-5400, ext. 114, or write

Small-group ideas that work:
Make Scripture the heart of faith-sharing
RENEW International has been creating small-group resources for nearly forty years and has always placed scripture readings at the core of every session. We do this because sacred Scripture is the inspired word of God and contains everything we know about Jesus. Click HERE to read about how your small group can make the most of the scripture content in your faith sharing.

Duncan Hyman, in the center on the left, with a group recording the RENEW program for Radio Veritas.
Duncan Hyam, center on left side of table, with
a group recording a RENEW program for Radio Veritas
RENEW on the air in South Africa
Residents of southern Africa will have a chance to get a taste of small-group faith-sharing on a program to be broadcast twice a week on Radio Veritas, a Catholic broadcast station and web site. The program was the brainchild of Duncan Hyam, coordinator of RENEW Africa and Why Catholic? in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg.  
The recorded one-hour programs, which Duncan will produce and host, will feature a pre-rehearsed small-group faith sharing with one of the RENEW resources. Various language groups of South Africa will participate. Duncan said the program, which will run continuously rather than in seasons, will eventually use Lenten Longings, At Prayer with Mary, and ARISE as well.
Duncan said listeners who own the RENEW faith-sharing books will be invited to follow along.

Live Webinars—Register now!
Thursday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 17
2 p.m. eastern time
Join us for two upcoming live webinars as two pastoral experts help you, your small group, or your parish find a richer, deeper experience while you explore spirituality and Scripture. Each webinar will delve into themes from a RENEW faith-sharing series and give you a closer look at how to use them most effectively. See below for details and to sign up.

Thursday, May 4, 2 p.m. eastern time 
Discover how the series Spirituality for Everyday Life with Ronald Rolheiser explores the noted author's wisdom on the phases of discipleship and how to live as Christ's disciples in today's world. Based on the best-selling books The Holy Longing and Sacred Fire by Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI.
This webinar will be presented by Richard R. De Lillio, OSFS, professor of homiletics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He has a doctorate in ministry from The Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Father De Lillio is a well-known retreat director, having given retreats in the United States, Australia, and India. He is a contributor on the topic of homiletics to ´╗┐The Priest ´╗┐magazine.

Wednesday, May 17
2 p.m. eastern time
Find out how you and your small group can experience each chapter of the Gospel in a deep and meaningful way. The RENEW Scripture Series brings the teaching of Jesus to everyday life with a unique combination of reflections, Old Testament background, and sharing questions. Series books on the Gospels of Luke and Matthew, written by Martin Lang, professor emeritus of religious studies at Fairfield University, are now available.
This webinar will be presented by Stephen J. Connor, who holds a master's degree in divinity from The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Stephen has had 30 years of experience ministering in parishes and on campuses and facilitating workshops and retreats. 

Calendar of events 
May 22-25 | National Conference of Catechetical Leaders (NCCL) Conference | Hyatt Regency, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Calling everyone involved in adult faith formation, catechesis, and evangelization! On Tuesday, Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, president and executive director, will deliver a major keynote themed, “Sacred Innovation: Transforming Faith Communities through Bold and Creative Action.” This session will offer insights and a process for applying principles of innovation to different ministry contexts. Please stop by to visit us at our exhibit booth No.16.

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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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