It is true that going out on to the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded church that goes out on to the streets and a sick, withdrawn church, I would definitely choose the first one. —Pope Francis
I hope you are enjoying these summer days. The quote above is one of the first quotes from Pope Francis that captured my heart and imagination. It envisions a church in the midst of the people—a church visible to those on the “outskirts.” It brought to mind Sr. Lauria, a member of my Dominican congregation, who ran a mobile kitchen from a van.
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
¿Por qué ser católico?
Venezuelans to Encounter
Jesus in Everyday Life
“See, I am doing a new thing! ... do you not perceive it?” —Isaiah 43:18
If anything could add to the joy of the Easter vigil, it would be the unlikely occasion of three couples beginning their lives together in matrimony. And that’s exactly what happened last Easter when three couples were married during the vigil Mass at Santos Ángeles Custodios Parish in the Archdiocese of Valencia in Venezuela. The extraordinary occasion was the direct result of RENEW International’s faith-sharing process, ¿Por qué ser católico? (Why Catholic?), through which small Christian communities explore the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
'God Is Somewhere in This'—Bob's Story
In this modern-day conversion story, a man shares that he grappled with anxiety and depression since his youth. After marrying his college sweetheart and joining the Catholic faith through RCIA, he began to encounter Christ on a personal level. His parish priest helped him to see that his struggles were actually drawing him closer to God.
Justice Flows From Faith: New Resources
As LEVÁNTATE. Unámonos en Cristo drew to a close in the Diocese of Stockton, diocesan leaders sought to continue to engage the large, vibrant Latino population in a way that would help Latinos connect the Catholic faith to social action.
Working with noted author and pastoral leader Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, RENEW International developed La Justicia brota de la fe: Formación en la fe y la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia (Justice Flows from Faith: Formation in the Faith and the Social Doctrine of the Church). In June, RENEW's Manuel Hernandez presented this initiative to an enthusiastic gathering of leaders from Stockton’s Spanish-speaking parish communities. Parishioners will soon be signing up for small communities to begin their faith-sharing experience in October.
From the RENEW International Blog
'There Must Be Mercy'
By Deacon Charles Paolino
Jesus challenges us to love one another, but that includes those who may be hard to love. To read, click here
The Perfect Day
By Amy Reed
What looked like a disaster in the making turned out to be a gift-wrapped blessing. To read, click here
St. Ignatius: Finding God in All Things
By Sr. Marie Cooper, SJC
The founder of Pope Francis' religious order met some twists and turns on the way to holiness. To read, click here
Tree of LIfe Prayer Garden Dedicated
The RENEW International Tree of Life Prayer Garden was dedicated on June 20 during a Mass celebrated in honor of those memorialized in the garden. The dedication, originally scheduled for All Saints Day, was delayed until damage from Superstorm Sandy was repaired.
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in August? Please Stop By and Meet Our Staff!
August 6-9, 2013
Catholic Marketing Network—Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ
Representatives of RENEW International's Customer Service Sales Team, in collaboration with Holy Cross Family Ministries, will be exhibiting RENEW’s Marian and Advent spiritual resources at booths #315-317. The 17th annual CMN show will bring together hundreds of retailers, ministries, and businesses that are involved in the distribution of Catholic books, music, art and religious articles and gifts of all sorts.
August 26-29, 2013
National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors of Hispanic Ministry—Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas
NCADDHM is joining with other Hispanic ministry organizations for their annual conference. Father Alejandro Lopéz-Cardinale, RENEW International's Hispanic programs coordinator, will represent RENEW at this conference, themed Pastoral Hispana de Conjunto a la Luz del la Nueva Evangelization. The goal of this conference is to bring about a greater collaboration among these ministries as they move into the future serving the Catholic Latino community.
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