“The wood of the cross has brought joy to the world.”

Gustave Doré's 'Le Calvaire'

See, my servant shall prosper,
he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.
Even as many were amazed at him–
so marred was his look beyond that of man,
and his appearance beyond that of mortals–
So shall he startle many nations,
because of him kings shall stand speechless;
For those who have not been told shall see,
those who have not heard shall ponder it.

- Isaiah 52:13-15

10 Steps to Managing Communications in a Crisis


Last week, at our diocese’s annual Principals’ Leadership Conference, Kathie Sass, our soon-to-be-retired diocesan spokesperson, gave a wonderful presentation on the 10 steps leaders should take to anticipate and react to crises in their ministries. The talk was based on the work of Jonathan Bernstein. First, Kathie outlined the steps organizations should take before a crisis […]

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An Invitation to the 2014 NCCL Tweet-Up


For the fourth year in a row we will be hosting a Catholic TweetUp as part of the annual National Conference for Catechetical Leadership convention! This year’s TweetUp will be held on Tuesday, May 20, at the Grand Bar in the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis. We’ll gather around 9p after the Sadlier event […]

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Win an Exclusive Copy of Pope Francis’ First Book


My friends at Loyola Press are preparing for the release of Pope Francis first book, The Church of Mercy, with an opportunity to win a free copy before the book is officially released on April 20th . Simply answer the following questions that will be posted each day this week on Loyola Press’s Facebook page, […]

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Reader Survey Results


A couple weeks ago I sent out a survey to the readers of this blog to get a sense of who is out there and what topics they find most interesting and helpful. In the interest of full disclosure I thought I would share some of the results of that survey. I also asked respondents […]

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Who Will Reap the Seeds You Sow?


Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is […]

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3 Starting Points for Encouraging Non-Practicing Catholic Families


My friend Marc has a challenging post up about what we are teaching Catholic families about who and what they are. After reading through the questions posed for the Extraordinary Synod on the The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization — and its assumptions about the faithful’s familiarity with documents such as Gaudium […]

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7 Ways to Get More Out of a Catechetical Conference


As I mentioned on Twitter the other day my conference season is just around the corner. This year I’m attending both the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) conventions. After five years I think I’m finally getting the hang of attending a conference and getting the most out of […]

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“Would you like to take a survey?”

With the launch of my new site design I’d like to get to know you, my readers, a little better. To that end I’m asking you to take this short, nine-question survey. Your responses will shape my writing over the next year and help me to better meet your needs as catechists and catechetical leaders […]

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Book Review: Brother Hugo and the Bear

Katy Beebe’s Brother Hugo and the Bear is a children’s story based on an incident recounted in a letter by Peter the Venerable, abbot of the Benedictine monastery at Cluny, to the prior of La Grande Chartreuse: And send to us, if you please, the great volume of letters by the holy father Augustine, which […]

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