Never Let Me Lose My Childlike Heart 
  
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Dear Friend,  
 
On Easter Sunday, I was talking to my three-year-old grandnephew, Kellan, as he was playing with my sister Mary’s cat. I asked Kellan if he had any pets. He responded, “Yes, I have two pets.” I was a bit surprised, because I had not heard of any pets arriving on the scene. His parents, Sarah and Chris, have enough on their hands with three little boys and a recent move into a new home. I innocently asked him, “What kind of pets?” He responded with great confidence, “We have two dinosaurs.”

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In Christ, 
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
 

 
 Javier's Story 
 
'I Put It in God's Hands'—Javier's Story
 
An act of kindness experienced when he was a child gives a young man the courage, years later, to comfort another person in a time of need.

To hear Javier's story, click here.

Javier's story is part of a new video series from RENEW International entitled Turning Points: Witness Stories. The videos offer a way to help parishioners start a dialogue about faith with family and friends who have left the Church or who are religious “seekers.”
 
A video series is also available in Spanish as Cambios de rumbos: Historias de testigos.
  
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To learn more, visit www.renewintl.org/turningpoints.
 
 
Small Community Ideas that Work: Relationships 
 
Building Relationships
Small communities are the heart of the parish community, and relationships are the heart of small communities. Staying in touch—connecting with others, especially when there isn’t a scheduled meeting on the calendar—reveals the sincerity and commitment that you bring to your relationships.
 
For some ideas on building relationships, click here.



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Meet the Honorees: Third in a Series
Don Daniels to be Honored
 
Don Daniels
Donald M. Daniels will be honored with the President’s Award, which is given to a person whose actions and support have advanced RENEW’s mission of evangelization, spiritual renewal, and faith formation and played a significant role in bringing those efforts to people, parishes, and dioceses throughout the world. 

Don is the chairman and co-founder of The Daniels Group, a managed healthcare delivery system. Don has a long history as a leader in the development of health care in the not-for-profit world and has served as chair of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Metuchen as well as on more than 20 healthcare boards of directors in a number of dioceses. He has been a leading spokesperson and architect of healthcare financing at both the state and national levels.
 
To learn more about the RENEW Gala, click here. 
 

 
 
On May 11, the global Church celebrates the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations with the theme: Vocations, Witness to the Truth. In his statement on this occasion, Pope Francis recognizes the many shapes that one’s vocation can take, but affirms the centrality of Christ in all: “Therefore every vocation, even within the variety of paths, always requires an exodus from oneself in order to center one’s life on Christ and on his Gospel.” 
 
Renewing the Priestly Heart
On this day and every day, RENEW International prays for all Catholics in their vocations and for those discerning a vocation. In a special way we offer our prayers for the many priests around the world. In our work with parishes, we observe how priests with zeal for their vocation can inspire others to join in the work and joys of evangelization. Our special resource, Renewing the Priestly Heart, encourages meaningful conversation in supportive and prayerful small groups of priests on today’s priestly life. In the process, priests build fraternal bonds and renew their own hearts and spirits for Christ’s mission.
 
 

 
 
Book Signing: Church of the Presentation, May 18
 
Come celebrate the publication of Beyond My Wildest Dreams: From Local Ministry to Worldwide Mission by Msgr. Thomas Kleissler! Fr. Tom will speak about his memoir and sign copies of the book at the Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, on May 18 following the 11:30 a.m. Mass.
 
Books will be available for sale at the book signing. To pre-order a book and have it inscribed, click here or call RENEW at 1-888-433-3221. 
 

 
 
RENEW and the Spirit of Vatican II
 
Msgr. Thomas Ivory, co-founder of RENEW, reflects on how the spirit of the Second Vatican Council shaped the creation of RENEW International.
 
To watch the video, click here.
 

 
 
From the RENEW International Blog
 
My Journey With Mary
By Anne Scanlan
Mary had a dynamic relationship with God.
 
To read, click here.
 
Church of the People
By Sr. Marie Cooper, SJC
School children struck a blow against apartheid. 
 
To read, click here.
 
'Making' Saints: Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II
By Charles Paolino
Saints 'made' by faithful lives and the grace of God.
 
To read, click here.
 
National Conference of Catechetical Leaders 
2014 Conference
May 19-22, St. Louis, Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri
 
Calling everyone involved in adult faith formation, catechesis, religious education! Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, and RENEW International staff members will be travelling to St. Louis to make presentations and meet with pastoral leaders from around the country. 

Sr. Terry’s workshop theme “Creating a Culture of Witness for the New Evangelization” fits perfectly with the emphasis of this year’s gathering. Dr. Laura Kolmar and Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP, will offer roundtable sessions highlighting RENEW’s resources and the blessings for small faith-sharing communities.

Going to NCCL? Please stop by Booth #52.
 

 
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May 2014: In This Issue
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