The Holy Spirit and the Celtic Wild Goose
There are a variety of images in both Scripture and tradition that help us to grasp the meaning of the Holy Spirit. In the Celtic tradition the Holy Spirit is represented not as a peaceful dove but instead as a wild goose. The wild goose reveals a spirit which is passionate, noisy, and courageous.
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
Small-Community Ideas that Work: Invitation
How many of us have ever needed help? How many of us see the same folks on every committee, every project, every team? Whether you are in need of small-community leaders, new members for your RENEW parish team, or any other ministry, RENEW suggests four easy steps to get the results you want.
To learn about RENEW's four easy steps, click here.
Participants listen intently during a Theology on Tap gathering
in the Diocese of San Jose.
Theology on Tap a Hit in Silicon Valley
In the Diocese of San Jose, California, a group of young adults have successfully reached out to their peers by using RENEW International’s Theology on Tap program. Theology on Tap is a series of events centering on faith topics that are of interest to young adults. These events are held in restaurants, parish halls, coffeehouses, and bars — places where young men and women are comfortable. ToT events feature a speaker who presents a theological topic and then provides time for discussion, faith sharing, and community building.
To read more about Silicon Valley's Theology on Tap program, click here.
Antigonish Bishop Brian Dunn is flanked by Fr. Abraham Orapankal and Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP.
Priests of Antigonish Begin
Renewing the Priestly Heart
Fr. Abraham Orapankal and Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP, introduced the priests of the Diocese of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, to Renewing the Priestly Heart at the diocese’s annual convocation of priests June 2-4.
Renewing the Priestly Heart is RENEW International’s resource to engage priests in small groups for faith conversations. Presentations included:
- Experience of Priests Today: A Call to a Renewed Heart
- Building Priestly Communion and Fraternity for the Sake of Mission
- Presbyterate: A Community of Small Communities
Fr. Abraham and Sr. Maureen said they were very moved by the faith sharing that took place over the two days of the convocation, and the priests were touched by the depth of their brothers’ commitment and love of the priesthood.
Bishop Brian Dunn said he was very pleased that 55 (98 percent) of the diocese’s active priests attended the presentations.
Interns, from left, Halie Burns, Matt Doeing, and Richard Malacrea
Meet Our Summer Interns
The offices of RENEW International have had an infusion of youthful energy with the arrival of three college students who are serving internships at RENEW headquarters in Plainfield, New Jersey.
The interns are Halie Burns and Richard Malacrea, both undergraduates, and Matt Doeing, who will begin graduate school in the fall.
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From the RENEW International Blog
St. Aloysius Gonzaga—a Model of Compassionate Service
By Charles Paolino
Saint started out as a boy soldier.
Midsummer Gratitude—Gratitudes de medio verano
By Sr. Terry Rickard, OP
There's no vacation from our encounter with God
I Can't Hear You When the Water is Running
By Sr. Eileen Carmody, PBVM
What is drowning out God's voice?
At left, parishioners gather around RENEW co-founder Msgr. Thomas Kleissler as he autographs copies of his memoir, Beyond My Wildest Dreams: From Local Ministry to Worldwide Mission at the Church of the Presentation, Upper Saddle River, NJ, May 18. At right, Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, poses with Don Daniels, who received the President's Award, at RENEW International's annual gala June 5.
La justicia brota de la fe
Wins Second Place in Publishing Excellence Awards
RENEW International’s latest resource on Catholic social teaching for Latino Catholics, La justicia brota de la fe
by Rev. Allan F. Deck, SJ, has been selected as a second-place winner in this year’s “Excellence in Publishing Awards” given by the Association of Catholic Publishers. These awards, which were given out at the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit in May 2014 in St, Charles, Ill., recognized the best in Catholic publishing.
At left, RENEW's Sr. Terry Rickard with Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, assistant director of the USCCB Sub-Committee on Hispanic Affairs. At right, RENEW's Dr. Laura Kolmar with Dr. Peter Murphy, executive director of the USCCB Office of Evangelization and Catechesis.
RENEW Creates Culture of Witness at NCCL
Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, delivered a workshop entitled, “Creating a Culture of Witness in the Parish” at the recent National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in St. Louis, MO. Pastoral leaders in attendance then joined RENEW at a breakfast gathering and at roundtable information sessions led by Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP, and Dr. Laura Kolmar. Others visited our booth to learn more about our pastoral offerings to help parishes become evangelizing faith communities. RENEW staff networked with current diocesan contacts, while meeting new potential contacts for follow-up.
Tree of Life Mass to be Celebrated June 19
RENEW International will host its annual Tree of Life Mass in the Tree of Life Prayer Garden on June 19, 2014 at 2 p.m. At this Mass we remember with gratitude all those living and dead who have been supporters of RENEW and whose names are engraved in the pavers of the Tree of Life Prayer Garden. All are welcome to join us for this liturgy. In the event of poor weather, the Mass will be celebrated in our chapel.
If you plan to attend, please call (908) 769-5400, ext. 112.
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