Where do clerical collars come from?

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Mark Twain once remarked that “clothes make the man” because “naked people have little or no influence on society.” Since clergy aren’t known for appearing nude in public, we should probably stick to the question of whether or not they should be distinguished by their dress. 
 

Finding my place: Stories of religious life

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In August's issue of our print magazine, we featured the stories of seven priests, sisters, and brothers, who shared their stories of discernment and how they chose to join their specfic religious commmunities. Found here are three additional narratives of religious life.


Proud to be a cafeteria Catholic

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I once found great comfort in the black-and-white world of apologetics. The Catechism of the Catholic Church provided the answers to all of my questions concerning faith and morals. It was the definitive voice of the church, and I believed everything that voice said. And then my black-and-white world began to fall apart.
 

Three ways parishes can welcome young Catholics

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Jenny, a 27-year-old graduate student in microbiology at the University of Washington, has positive memories of the first time she left home to attend the University of Georgia. There, she reconnected with her Catholic faith, thanks to the ministry of the school’s Newman Center. “It got me caring about Mass,” she says. “By the time I graduated from Georgia, I had a great support network and wonderful friends.”


Building dynamic faith communities in surprising places

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An interview with Father Jack Wall, the president of Catholic Extension

Have you missed the excitement in Browning, Montana? Camden, Mississippi? French Camp, California? In each of these towns stands a Catholic community that is young, vibrant, afire with ideas and energy. Doubt it? Spend five minutes talking to Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension.
 

Better Know A Parish: St. Julie Billiart, Tinley Park, Illinois

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Parish name: St. Julie Billiart

Location: Tinley Park, Illinois

Date founded: 1973

Diocese: Chicago

Pastor: Father Lou Tylka

Parishioners: 2655 families

Website: http://www.stjulie.org/


Becoming a three dimensional catechist

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Have you met Flat Francis? In an effort to drum up excitement about Pope Francis’ visit to the United States in the fall of 2015, the Catholic Extension Society launched a media campaign encouraging people to take photos of themselves with “Flat Francis” and post them on social media. There’s only one problem with Flat Francis. He’s FLAT! He’s one dimensional. And while that works nicely for social media, in reality, it’s not good to be one dimensional.


Better Know A Parish: University Parish Newman Center, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

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Parish name: University Parish Newman Center

Location: Kent, Ohio

Date founded: 1962

Diocese: Youngstown

Pastor: Rev. Steven J. Agostino

Parishioners: 225 families plus 200 registered students and many more. There are currently 27,000+ students on our campus; we estimate about one-third are Catholic.

Website: www.kentnewmancenterparish.org


Better Know A Parish: The Catholic Community of Saints Peter and Paul, Hoboken, New Jersey

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Parish Name: The Catholic Community of Saints Peter and Paul

Location: Hoboken, New Jersey

Founded: 1889

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark

Pastor: Msgr. Robert Meyer

Number of Parishioners: More than 1,000 families

Parish websitewww.spphoboken.com


Seven steps for transforming your next mission trip

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Is your parish, school, or diocese planning a mission trip? Here are some recommendations to make it a better experience for all involved.

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