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May-June 2018
Hundreds attend RENEW symposium
More than 200 laypeople and clergy from nine dioceses attend RENEW's symposium on parish renewal. To see more photos from the symposium, click HERE.
Gathering on parish renewal full of enthusiasm and hope
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I was so moved when I entered a large conference room at Seton Hall on April 19 and found it brimming with priests, deacons, pastoral staff, and lay leaders, and also with a hopeful feeling of energy and enthusiasm. The occasion was a symposium, named to honor the founders of RENEW and dedicated to exploring plans, ideas, and dreams of parish renewal.
 
Monsignors Thomas Kleissler and Thomas Ivory launched the RENEW process 40 years ago  through a deep faith commitment, a willingness to take a risk, and holy innovation. We at RENEW are determined to continue their legacy of parish renewal and revitalization in today’s cultural context.
 
Read my blog post to learn more about the symposium.
 
In Christ,
 
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Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director 

 
 
Keynote speaker William Simon, Jr., left, and symposium panelists Leisa Anslinger; Fr. Bismark Chau; Sr. Terry Rickard, O.P.; and Chris Lowney listen to remarks from moderator Fr. Matt Malone, S.J., president of America Media.
 
Symposium speakers, participants explore 
future of parishes
 
More than 200 lay people, clergy, and religious from nine dioceses gathered at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., on April 19 for the Monsignors Thomas Kleissler and Thomas Ivory Symposium on Parish Renewal, one of a series of events marking the 40th anniversary of RENEW.
 
The keynote speaker was William Simon, chairman of Parish Catalyst and author of Great Catholic Parishes. The keynote was followed by four panelists, each an expert in one of the four foundational practices Simon describes in his book. Fr. Matt Malone, S.J., president and editor-in-chief of America Media, acted as moderator.
 
Details and more photos from the symposium.
 
 
Joseph Cardinal Tobin, archbishop of Newark, presents Monsignors Thomas Kleissler, photo left, and Thomas Ivory with framed honors: the cardinal's personal letters and apostolic blessings from Pope Francis. The presentation took place at the symposium named for the two RENEW founders.
 

 
 
'Creativity and commitment' called keys to reenergizing the Church 
 
Chris Lowney, author of Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church;Sister Terry Rickard, O.P., president of RENEW International; and Father George Farrell, pastor of the Catholic Community of St. Joseph, North Plainfield, N.J. (left to right in photo above), recently participated in a public discussion on how "creativity and commitment" might reenergize the Church.
 
The discussion took place on April 26 at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, an initiative of the Archdiocese of New York. (Photo courtesy of "Crux")

 
 
May-June 2018
 
RENEW Gala on June 7
RENEW's annual Dinner Gala will be held on Thursday, June 7, at the Pleasantdale Chateau, 757 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, N.J. Cocktails and auction begin at 6 p.m. and dinner and awards at 7:30 p.m.
 
This year's Gala is part of RENEW's 40th anniversary observance. Join us as we celebrate and look forward to a future of of providing innovative programs and resources to Catholics around the globe.
 
Reservations deadine is May 25.
 
Contact Sr. Honora Nolty, O.P. for more information:
gala@renewintl.org
908.769.5400 x162
 
 
Mother's Day is May 13 
 
"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you." Exodus 20:12
 
This Mother’s Day, remember your mother, grandmother, stepmother, godmother or any woman who’s made a difference in your life… with a donation in her honor to RENEW International. Your gift will help us to develop our new BAPTISM Matters program and help to engage young families in the Church.
 
 
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RENEW Takes Part 
in LA Congress
 
RENEW International participated in the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, which is the largest Catholic gathering in the nation. this year, more than 33,000 persons attended over the four days.
 
The theme of this year's Congress at the Anaheim Convention Center was "Rise Up!"
 
Demetria Barrozo of St. Bede Catholic Church in Hayward, California, was the winner of the annual raffle at the RENEW location. Ms. Barrozo's prize conssited of copies of multiple RENEW faith-sharing resources.
 

 
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