Homegrown clergy: The case for a new kind of priesthood

By Bishop Fritz Lobinger| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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Mmusong is a small but vibrant Catholic community of about 700 high in the mountains of South Africa. On Sundays the simple church building is full, but most of the time not for Mass, only for a service of the Word.

Mass is something rare in Mmusong. The priest of the distant parish center serves nine communities, and he is able to celebrate Mass in Mmusong only once a month.


Homegrown clergy: The case for a new kind of priesthood

By Bishop Fritz Lobinger| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
Mmusong is a small but vibrant Catholic community of about 700 high in the mountains of South Africa. On Sundays the simple church building is full, but most of the time not for Mass, only for a service of the Word.

Mass is something rare in Mmusong. The priest of the distant parish center serves nine communities, and he is able to celebrate Mass in Mmusong only once a month.


Let's make parishes senior centers of theology

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Season's Greetings: Let's welcome Catholics home

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If we're going to invite disaffected Catholics to come on home, let's also warm up the welcome they're likely to receive.

There's no shortage of programs to draw missing Catholics back to church, but few can boast of their efforts in a single diocese as "an increase of 92,000 souls who came home!" Such is the claim of Catholics Come Home, a new evangelization effort first tested in the Diocese of Phoenix and now expanding to 16 others, including my own Archdiocese of Chicago, which hired Catholics Come Home for a holiday TV ad campaign designed to bring back the lapsed.


Season's Greetings: Let's welcome Catholics home

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
If we're going to invite disaffected Catholics to come on home, let's also warm up the welcome they're likely to receive.

There's no shortage of programs to draw missing Catholics back to church, but few can boast of their efforts in a single diocese as "an increase of 92,000 souls who came home!" Such is the claim of Catholics Come Home, a new evangelization effort first tested in the Diocese of Phoenix and now expanding to 16 others, including my own Archdiocese of Chicago, which hired Catholics Come Home for a holiday TV ad campaign designed to bring back the lapsed.


It takes a parish: Msgr. Arturo Banuelas on creating a vibrant church

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The key to a thriving parish is not so much what goes on inside, says this longtime pastor, but what its members are doing beyond its walls.

It takes a parish: Msgr. Arturo Banuelas on creating a vibrant church

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Article Hispanic Catholics Parish Life
The key to a thriving parish is not so much what goes on inside, says this longtime pastor, but what its members are doing beyond its walls.

Non-parishable goods: The value of a faith community can't be crunched on a balance sheet

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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The value of a faith community can't be crunched on a balance sheet.

Thirteen in Miami, 52 in Cleveland, 33 in Albany, New York. No, these aren't Chrysler dealerships or Starbucks franchises closing due to the recession but parishes that will be shuttered this year in three dioceses. The diocesan announcements do, however, share something in common with their corporate counterparts: The news comes with the just about the same amount of pastoral care and sensitivity-little if any.


Non-parishable goods: The value of a faith community can't be crunched on a balance sheet

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
The value of a faith community can't be crunched on a balance sheet.

Thirteen in Miami, 52 in Cleveland, 33 in Albany, New York. No, these aren't Chrysler dealerships or Starbucks franchises closing due to the recession but parishes that will be shuttered this year in three dioceses. The diocesan announcements do, however, share something in common with their corporate counterparts: The news comes with the just about the same amount of pastoral care and sensitivity-little if any.


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