Episode 006 – Parents and the Priesthood

006This episode is a little different. Instead of an interview it features a talk given by Fr. Andrew Carl Wisdom, O.P., to a group of DREs last year. In it he talks about some of the fears shared by the parents he talks to as their sons discern a vocation to the priesthood.

Fr. Wisdom is the promoter of vocations for the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great. He is also author of the pamphlet Why Should I Encourage My Son To Be A Priest? and the book Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Episode 005 – InterActive Connections

005In just the short time since the Catechetical Leader podcast started there have been tremendous technology innovations that will effect the way we do catechesis in the future. From increased adoption of e-readers to the introduction of the iPad to the ever-expanding reach of broadband access, the Church will have to decided when and how to use these technologies to pass on the faith to a generation that doesn’t know any other way to process information.

This month we talk to a catechist at the forefront of these conversations: Sr. Caroline Cerveny, SSJ, is the founder of InterActive Connections, a faith-based educational technology ministry, and Digital Catechesis, a social networking site for technology-based catechists.

Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think about the increasing importance of technology in the catechetical mission of the Church!

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Episode 004 – Memory Mansion

004How well do you know the Catholic faith? Can you name the Twelve Apostles? The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy? How about the 44 Daughters of the Capital Sins?

This month’s guest, Dr. Kevin Vost, has written a book designed to help Catholics memorize these and many more elements of the faith. Memorize the Faith! (and Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters presents a classical method for memorization endorsed by St. Albert the Great and St. Thomas Aquinas. The book utilizes this method to help the faithful memorize the Cardinal Virtues, the Beatitudes, all 73 books of the Bible — and more.

You can find out more about Dr. Vost and his latest book, From Atheism to Catholicism: How Scientists and Philosophers Led Me to the Truth, at his web site: www.DrVost.com.

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Episode 003 – The Future Soon

003In this month’s show we ask the question: what will faith formation in our parishes look like in 2020, just 10 years from now? What are the forces shaping religious education and what are some possible scenarios for the future?

These are the questions being asked by John Roberto, the president and founder of LifelongFaith Associates. John gave a presentation at this year’s NCCL conference on his Faith Formation 2020 initiative and he was kind enough to join me by phone to talk a little more about it.

Here are links to some of the resources mentioned in the show:

This month’s closing music is “The Future Soon” by Jonathan Coulton.

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Episode 001 – The Once and Future Catechist

001Welcome to the inaugural episode of Catechetical Leader, a new podcast from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. Catechetical Leader will come out every other month and features interviews and discussions related to religious education, faith formation and evangelization in the Church.

This episode features Lee Nagel and Anne Roat of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership discussing the past and future of catechesis in America.

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