Fashion Me a People

Curriculum in the Church

Fashion Me a People

"A beautiful, insightful, and creative work that could be fashioned only by a true artist in the art of religious education".---Thomas H. Groome, Associate Professor of Theology nad Religious Education, Boston College

Fashioning a People Today

The Educational Insights of Maria Harris

Fashioning a People Today

Readers are invited into a unique ongoing conversation with Maria Harris, author of Fashion Me a People, which has been a popular book with Catholic and Protestant educators for over seventeen years. Adopting the framework of that book, Gabriel Moran has written a succinct and vibrant commentary that interprets, applies, and expands upon the earlier text. Includes a memoir about the life and death of Maria Harris.

Transforming Congregations through Community

Faith Formation from the Seminary to the Church

Transforming Congregations through Community

In this helpful book, Boyung Lee offers an encouraging vision of the mainline church’s future. Lee grapples with some of the greatest challenges facing the mainline church, offering compelling responses to recurring questions: What does faithfulness to the gospel look like in this changing world? What is our distinctive voice in the larger society? How does theological education have to change if it is to serve the needs of a new century? Lee argues that the church’s future is a promising one if the church can offer a richer and deeper definition of community—one that moves beyond the excessive individualism of western culture and that helps mainline Christians understand their solidarity with one another and with all of God’s people. Lee further explores the crucial role of faith formation at the congregational and seminary levels. More than mere schooling, theological education must engage all aspects of educators’ and students’ lives to prepare seminarians for the challenges that lie ahead. While not dismissing the mainline church’s challenges, Lee offers congregational leaders and seminary educators a vision of a church transformed for the 21st century.

Postcolonial Practice of Ministry

Leadership, Liturgy, and Interfaith Engagement

Postcolonial Practice of Ministry

This groundbreaking anthology explores the intersection between postcolonial studies and practical theology and the practice of ministry. Contributors include well-known scholars who have introduced postcolonial discourse to pastoral leadership, liturgy and music, and interreligious learning and collaboration.

Simply Speaking Inspirations

A Compilation of Inspirational Messages

Simply Speaking Inspirations

Sherry shares her collection of inspirational messages that will lift your spirit. Everyday challenges tug at our emotions leaving us zapped of energy and seeking solace. Well this book is a sure fire way to recharge your resolve. Soothe your mind with the tantalizing words of Simply Speaking Inspirations and experience the serenity of the Spirit.

Reflections on Renewal

Lay Ecclesial Minitry and the Church

Reflections on Renewal

The United States bishops ' document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord is a vital resource for the ongoing development of lay ecclesial ministry. Building upon Co-Workers and affirming the recent renewal of the laity and the flowering of lay ministries, Reflections on Renewal contributes to efforts to reshape ministerial language and practices in the church today. It explores the theological and pastoral foundations of ministry, including how al ministry is rooted in the sacraments of initiation, and suggests ways of refining or redefining our understandings of lay ecclesial and ordained ministries so that we as church can respond more fully to the call of God in our lives and world. At the same time, the book recognizes that lay ministry developed organically as the work of the Spirit and is, foremost, a cause for rejoicing. This collection of essays is grounded in Fordham University's commitment to the church and its mission in the world. It honors the thousands of laypeople who have answered a call to serve the church in ministry. Donna Eschenauer is the director of religious education and the catechumenate at the Cathedral Parish of St. Agnes in Rockville Centre, New York. She received her PhD from the Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. Her recent publication A Second Look at the Directory for Masses with Children appeared as a featured article for Pray Tell, the blog of Liturgical Press and Saint John's School of Theology. Her book on the Triduum is forthcoming. Harold Daly Horell is an assistant professor of religious education at the Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. He received his PhD from the Boston College Institute of Religion Education and Pastoral Ministry. His publications include Human Sexuality in the Catholic Tradition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007), edited with Kieran Scott, and Horizons and Hopes: The Future of Religious Education (Paulist Press, 2003), edited with Thomas H. Groome.

Bless Me, Father, for I Have Sinned

Bless Me, Father, for I Have Sinned

It is not only young boys that Roman Catholic priests abuse; these dysfunctional, deceitful predators, who use God as an excuse for their behavior, emotionally damage many unsuspecting adult women. Bless Me, Father, For I Have Sinned: Confessions of a Priest’s Mistress is the story of one woman’s involvement with a Roman Catholic priest and how it changed her life. Just as the male victims are coming forward to tell their stories, there can be no closure for Maggie Renaldi until this story is told. During a vulnerable period in her life, Maggie meets Father Brendan O'Reilly and embarks upon a clandestine affair. Father O'Reilly's fear of commitment and his "I love you, go away" behavior threaten to destroy their friendship and their love, until Maggie intervenes and O'Reilly seeks therapy to save himself. Unfortunately, he chooses a priest-psychotherapist who adds more guilt and shame. From seminaries that require young men to beat themselves bloody to bring the flesh into subjection to bishops who play politics, from power-hungry nuns to superiors who profess "the party line," Bless Me, Father, For I Have Sinned is also a graphic picture of church politics and hypocrisy. Maggie Renaldi is not her real name. All the names as well as the places have been changed to protect the innocent (as well as the guilty).