Two weeks ago I read an incredible new book. In Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus, Sherry Weddell tackles the challenges and opportunities facing evangelization and catechesis in the Church today. Weddell’s book is a synthesis of every deep conversation about catechesis and evangelization I’ve had with my local and national colleagues for the past four years. She was kind enough to take some time to talk with me about the book.
Note: We ran into some connection issues with Skype early in the recording; the sound does clear up after a few minutes. My apologies for the inconvenience.
This month I am pleased to welcome to the podcast John Rinaldo – diocesan director, podcaster, and founder of REAL Ministry, a web site about developing church leaders to serve the kingdom of God. We discussed what it means to be a leader in the Church, what we can learn from business leaders, how we can develop our leadership skills, and some of our favorite resources including
I had an interview all lined up for this month, but then my interviewee wound up sick (hope you’re feeling better, Lisa!). Instead I’ve got a round-table discussion on Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement of a Year of Faith to commence in October. This Year of Faith has been called to commemorate both the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The round-table was hosted as an open invitation Google+ Hangout. I was very happy to be joined by
Many Catholics experience a disconnect between their worship and prayer on Sunday and their “normal” lives the rest of the week. They may fail to see how their faith impacts how they live, or they may just not know how to integrate their spirituality into the rest of their lives. How can we help people live out their faith the other six days of the week — especially in the places where they spend the most time away from home, their jobs?
We’re getting ready to launch the second season of the Catechetical Leader podcast next week. But today we’ve got a clip that came too late to include in the NCCL convention episode. It’s the speech given by Greg Erlandson at the OSV luncheon in May.
Enjoy — and check back next week for an interview with Dr. Eugene Gan on faith and media!
I just got back from the 75th annual NCCL convention and expo in Atlanta, Georgia. I had a great time meeting new friends, catching up with old friends, engaging in learning sessions, and experiencing TED-style general sessions.
I also took a portable audio recorder with me to talk with some of the presenters, attendees, and NCCL leaders at the conference. This “audio postcard” gives just a glimpse of what we all heard, saw, and felt during our five days in Atlanta. Enjoy!
This month on the program I’m featuring a topic about catechesis outside the parish and school. Most of the time when we talk about catechesis in the Church we’re referring to PSR programs, adult faith formation, or the Catholic school. But those aren’t the only settings in which the Church explains it teachings.
For this episode I recorded separate interviews with two administrators who “catechize” in Catholic hospitals:
Mary Homan, Mission Integration Coordinator at St. Francis Health Center (Topeka, KS)
Ben Wiederholt, Vice President of Mission Integration at Flaget Memorial Hospital (Bardstown, KY) and St. Joseph Mt. Sterling Hospital (Mt. Sterling, KY)
In the interviews they talk about what mission integration is, why it is important to Catholic health care, and how they explain the faith to the associates in their hospitals.