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March-April 2018
Mid-Lent call: Get back on the Way of Jesus 
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In the early Church, those who followed Jesus were said to be on "the Way." We are in mid-Lent, a good occasion to take some quiet time to talk with God about how you are doing with your Lenten promises and if and how they are helping you grow in friendship with the Lord. If you have failed in your Lenten plan, ask God for the grace to get back on the Way.
Click HERE to read my blog post and give your Lenten observance a fresh start.
In Christ,
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Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director 

RENEW sponsoring April 19 symposium on parish renewal 
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As part of its 40th anniversary observance this year, RENEW International will sponsor a major discussion of parish renewal, the focus of RENEW’s work for four decades. The event will be held at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., on April 19 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The keynote speaker will be William Simon Jr., chairman and founder of Parish Catalyst and author of Great Catholic Parishes.
Click HERE for details and registration. 

Join RENEW for this inspiring visit to the spiritual capitals of Italy 
Article ImageRENEW International is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the spiritual capitals of Italy.  
The journey, which is part of RENEW's anniversary observance, will include time for prayer, sightseeing, contemplation, fellowship, and of course exquisite cuisine, all against a backdrop of historic Italian cities and iconic Tuscan countryside.
Deluxe and conveniently located accommodations and unique activities will make for a memorable experience.
For more information, click HERE 

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Going to the LA Congress? Visit RENEW International!
RENEW International will participate in the LA Religious Education Congress, March 16-18, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Hosted by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, this is the largest annual gathering of parish-ministry leaders and volunteers in the country, with more than 25,000 attendees.
The theme of this year’s congress is “Rise Up!  Levántate! Hãy Đứng Lên!”
Come visit RENEW at booths 213 and 215, and view our resources.
For information, visit 

The RENEW International display at the Mid-Atlantic Congress 
Article ImageRENEW continues 40th anniversary 
celebration at national meeting
An annual gathering of pastoral and administrative leaders was an opportunity for RENEW International to continue its 40th-anniversary celebration. The occasion was the Mid-Atlantic Congress, held in February in Baltimore. 
Ms. Adriana Visoso-Valverde (photo at right) was the winner of RENEW’s 2018 MAC Raffle. Adriana, who lives in Maryland, is associate director of formation programs for Instituto Fe y Vida which provides leadership training empowering Latino youth in churches and society nationally.
To read about the celebration, click HERE. 

LEVÁNTATE makes its mark in the Dominican Republic 
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LEVÁNTATE Unamanos en Cristo, the Spanish-language version of ARISE Together in Christ, is having an impact in the Dominican Republic where faith-sharing groups began meeting in the fall of 2016.
RENEW launched LEVÁNTATE in collaboration with the Sister Parish Ministry, a partnership of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Ponte Vedra, Florida, and the parishes of Domingo Savio and San Antonio de Guerra, which serve profoundly poor people in the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo. In the photo at right, José Manuel Castillo, co-coordinator at San Antonio De Padua parish, captures some of his compatriots in a selfie.
RENEW was introduced to the ministry by Bob Hart, a co-founder.
More than 36 small communities, with members from two parishes and five mission churches, are meeting in the Caribbean republic.  
Click HERE to read testimonies from some of the participants.
March-April 2018

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Bishop Bartchak
RENEW International
making news
Sister Terry Rickard, OP, president and executive director of RENEW, discussed our "Forward at 40" anniversary with Kevin Nelson on Catholic TV. You can see the broadcast by clicking HERE.
Sister Terry also talked about the past, present, and future of RENEW with John Allen, editor of the Catholic publication Crux. You can watch that interview by clicking HERE.
Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, where about 70 parishes are faith sharing with ARISE Together in Christ, talked about the process on the Catholic TV program Proclaim! which airs weekly on the local ABC affiliate station. You can see that interview by clicking HERE.

With your help ....
Springtime coincides with Easter, and as you read this, our celebration of the joy of the Resurrection is nearly upon us. In this period of new beginnings, we invite you to join our ministry of parish renewal by making a spring gift to RENEW. Click HERE to learn how your donation can help us to create one book or resource, contribute to delivering a RENEW process to a parish, or cover the cost of a start-up kit for a parish in need.  With your help, we can accomplish so much!
Prayer Requests
You are invited to submit your prayer intentions. Your prayer intentions will be placed before the altar in our chapel and will be remembered in the prayers of our entire staff when we gather to celebrate Eucharist. Click here to request a prayer.

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