This Lent, Choose the Road Less Traveled By 
  
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Dear Friend,  
 
Life is an endless series of choices, and that often means choosing what God wills even if it conflicts with what we may want at the moment. The season of Lent helps us to focus on that by encouraging us to both discipline our will by acts of self-denial and do the will of God by acts of reconciliation and charity.

To read my reflection on Lent, click here.
  
In Christ, 
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
 

 

ARISE Bears Fruit in Texas Parish
 
“Walking the walk” became much more than a cliché when members of a parish in Texas participated in the first season of ARISE Together in Christ, a process of spiritual renewal and evangelization from RENEW International.
 
According to Racheal Garza, who leads the parish program, more than 350 men and women joined the small Christian communities at St. Michael Church in Levelland, a city of more than 13,000 people in the Diocese of Lubbock in the northwestern part of the state.
 
To find out how parishioners responded to the first season of ARISE, click here.


 
RENEW staff members pose at MAC, from left to right: Dr. Laura Kolmar, Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, Mary Beth Oria, and Deirdre Malacrea
 
Evangelization Matters: RENEW at Mid-Atlantic Congress
 
“Evangelization matters.” So said RENEW’s Sr. Terry Rickard as she opened the Mid-Atlantic Congress on Thursday March 27, delivering the keynote address to an audience of more than 1,400 diocesan and parish leaders from 40 dioceses. Drawing on the gospel account of the woman encountering Jesus at the well, her stirring talk reinforced that all Catholics are called to be witnesses to Christ in their daily lives. This is especially true for those serving in pastoral ministries.
 
The next day, Sr. Terry continued this theme in a standing room-only workshop designed to empower people to share their faith story in the parish, home, work place and social arena, and to find ways to encourage others to do so. RENEW was also represented through workshops by Sr. Marie Cooper, SJC, on the evangelizing power of small communities, and by Manuel Hernandez, who presented key topics in Catholic social doctrine in Spanish to a Latino audience.
 
Throughout the three-day event, staff was on hand to exhibit RENEW’s growing array of faith-sharing publications and media resources and discuss ways that parishes and dioceses can effectively pursue the evangelizing mission of the Church. 
 
For more images of RENEW at MAC, click here and here.
 
 

 
Spanish Videos for the New Evangelization: 
Cambios de rumbos Now Online
 
Now Spanish-speaking Catholics have a resource to help them effectively reach out to evangelize family and friends. This series of short, engaging videos present real-life stories of awakened faith and new life through the sacraments. These stories can inspire faith discussion among family members, friends, and parishioners.
 
 
Anibal 

'Él Me Cambió la Vida'—La Historia de Aníbal
 
In Aníbal's story, a man with a troubled past experiences kindness and converts his life to follow Christ.
 
To hear Aníbal's story, click here.
 
A video series is also available in English as Turning Points: Witness Stories.
  
 
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To learn more, visit www.renewintl.org/turningpoints.
 

 
Why Join Why Catholic?
 
Laurita Miller has gone a long way since RENEW 2000. In fact, she has gone more than a thousand miles to the Florida Keys.
 
Laurita experienced RENEW 2000 many years ago as part of a small Christian community at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Absecon, New Jersey. Now she lives in Big Palm Key, which is west of the Seven Mile Highway in the Florida Keys. She attends St. Peter Catholic Church there.
 
Her parish will participate in Why Catholic? Journey through the Catechism, an adult faith-formation process the Archdiocese of Miami is offering in collaboration with RENEW International. Laurita, who is a co-leader of the process in her parish, recently appeared at a Why Catholic? information session at San Pablo Catholic Church in nearby Marathon, and she described the “profound effect” RENEW has had on her spiritual life.
 
To hear Laurita's testimony about RENEW, click here.
 

 
Small-Community Ideas That Work: Evangelization 
 
Small Christian communities can take part in the evangelization that all baptized Christians are called to. We do that by allowing ourselves to be touched by the Gospel so profoundly that we in turn become Good News and attract others.
 
How can that happen in your parish? To find out, click here.


 

Meet the Honorees: First in a Series
Msgr. Connolly to be Honored at RENEW Gala

Msgr. Connolly
Msgr. Neil Connolly, a pioneer in lay ministry formation, is the recipient of this year’s Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler Award. He will receive the award at RENEW International’s 15th Annual Gala on June 5. The award is named for RENEW’s co-founder and is given to a person or persons who exemplify one or more of the remarkable qualities of Father Tom.
 
To learn more about Msgr. Connolly, click here.
 

 
It's Not Too Late to Order for Lent!
 
Offer your parishioners a six-week retreat this Lent as they experience the blessings of faith sharing in small Christian communities.
 
Encourages participants to embrace the teaching of Christ that authentic loving involves self-surrender.
 
Also available as an ebook.
 
Experience the gentle spiritual guidance and practical wisdom of best-selling author Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI.
 
RENEW’s Sr. Terry offers daily Lenten reflections drawn from her unique perspective and diverse ministry background in a pocket-sized devotional prayer book entitled The Living Gospel.

Tambien disponible en espanol
 
 
To order, call 1-888-433-3221
 
*Offer valid through March 7, 2014. Selected Lenten resources only. Not available on prior purchases.
               
Journey Through Lent with RENEW International
on Facebook, Twitter, RENEW's Blog, and YouTube
 
Offering timely reflections, prayers, and spiritual insights
 to help you make the most of this important spiritual season.
  
    
 

 
 
 
From the RENEW International Blog
Enjoy reflections on the popular saints' days of March.
 
Carpenter, Father, Saint
By Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
We know little about St. Joseph, but we know enough: He was a model of faithfulness for all of us.
 
To read, click here.
 
Saints in Green and Red
By Anne Scanlan
Joseph and Patrick and all the saints were ordinary people who set examples by living in extraordinary ways. 
 
To read, click here.
 
A St. Patrick's Day Blessing on You
By Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP
Hope for future of the Church in Ireland is in the hands of the people.
 
To read, click here.
 
Conference Calendar - Come Visit Us! 
 
LA Religious Education Congress
March 14-16
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
RENEW International is sponsoring a book signing featuring author
Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ. He will sign copies of
La justicia brota de la fe, which presents Catholic Social Teaching in the Latino context, on Friday, March 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Hall A-Table E. All visitors are invited to stop by Booth 150 to buy a book or visit. For more information about La justicia brota de la fe, visit www.renewintl.org/justicia
 

 
Consider a Gift to RENEW International 
 
Your tax-deductible donation to RENEW International helps us engage more people to strengthen their faith and find God in everyday life.
 
March 2014: In This Issue
Beyond My Wildest Dreams cover

Journey With Fr. Tom as the Seeds of RENEW Were Planted Around the World
 
For more information or to read an excerpt, click here
 

 
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