Finding my place: Stories of religious life
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
Three ways parishes can welcome young Catholics
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
An interview with Father Jack Wall, the president of Catholic Extension
Better Know A Parish: St. Julie Billiart, Tinley Park, Illinois
Becoming a three dimensional catechist
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
Parish name: University Parish Newman Center
Location: Kent, Ohio
Date founded: 1962
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.
Better Know A Parish: The Catholic Community of Saints Peter and Paul, Hoboken, New Jersey
Parish Name: The Catholic Community of Saints Peter and Paul
Location: Hoboken, New Jersey
Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark
Pastor: Msgr. Robert Meyer
Number of Parishioners: More than 1,000 families
Parish website: www.spphoboken.com
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