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- It wasn't feeding me
- Is bigger better?
- Don't get lost in translation
- Baptized and evangelized
- Reconfiguring religious communities
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- The leadership instinct: Love and fear?
- We are all theologians
- Catholicism is a living tradition
- Lex orandi, lex credendi
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- All religion is local
- Cultivating Catholic commitment
- Religious but not spiritual
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- People groups, varied and diverse
- Generations: Connecting young with the old
- Invitation by example
- A commitment to reversing church decline
- Practice, practice, practice
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- The power of play
- From the baroque to the disenchanted and back again?
- Religion rightly understood
- Is being Christian second nature?
- Risking trust
- What—and who—is truth?
- Learning from social communications
- Engage culture or counter it?
- A monopoly not to be taken for granted
- Mystics or nothing
- It takes 19 times to know
- And the jaws of death . . .
- Strategic planning: See grace first
- All is not well
- When one plus one does not equal two
- Secularity is the child of religion
- The stickiness of sacramentality
- Things aren’t what they used to be
- How to understand the Trinity
- Beyond the “being” of God
- Faith: A value proposition
- Church and social media
- An abundant gospel in a time of institutional scarcity
- New opportunities, “New Evangelization”
- Vocation awareness: Discerning one’s life vocation today
- Vocations to consecrated life: Community needed
- What the church can learn from improv
- For Latino Catholics, it’s all in the family
- Megatrend: Church and society
- New social media and church messaging
- Family: It’s complicated
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- Stewardship: Do you have any idea?
- What is the state of the laity?
- Be Catholic, be compassionate
- There's no "mystery" when it comes to faith and reason
- Games worth playing
- Interfaith dialogue: In-different ways
- The church and the financial system
- Dialogue needed about parish ministry
- Participation is more than a laughing matter
- More than Mass times
- Seek an encounter with the Divine
- Where is religion going?
- “Not an era of change but a change of era”
- The end of Protestantism?
- Irreconcilable differences
- Be a witness, not a control freak
- God has no grandchildren
- Pursuing gospel truth
- Jesus IS Justice
- Resurrection = Incarnation
- Strong institutions keep the richness of Catholic tradition
- A crosscultural symphony
- Engaging the individual
- Retrieving the insights of See-Judge-Act
- Transform the world as adult disciples of Christ
- Faith communities: embracing the culture
- Catholics agree on the basics
- Reframe an alternative story
- Nourish the culture of learning
- It’s the culture!
- Growth or decline, there are no accidents
- A healthy balance, part I
- A healthy balance, part II
- Saved by science?
- Marriage prep: More important than ever
- Simplify the message
- Speaking to independent thinkers
- Individuals at a communal experience
- Vocation: Is invitation enough?
- Behind the model of parish life
- Several parishes in one
- What do Catholics look like around the world?
- Look at the whole picture
- The flip side of stewardship
- Making the connection
- The worship business
- What can we still learn from See-Judge-Act?
- Generativity is not an option
- Preaching in a time of political choices
- The end of a parochial system
- Focus on the basics
- Nostalgia doesn’t work, part I
- Nostalgia doesn’t work, part 2
- Believing implies belonging
- Parishes as faith communities, first and foremost
- Mass: Not the only form of worship
- Concerning Catholic identity
- Everyone matters: Catholicism is about pluralism
- What is our central focus?
- Generations affect church connection
- Believer to disciple
- We live for love
- Attendance challenges
- Have trust, give permission
- Effectively leading worship
- Parish networks
- Parishes: Develop a hybrid model
- Religious trends reflect who we are
- The church needs disciples
- Offer a challenge to young people
- Relate to a new generation of Catholics
- Religion, not therapy
- Defining Catholic identity
- What is our brand identity?
- The Craft of Preaching
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- Standard lectionary summaries for funeral readings
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- Homage to our dead
- The blessing of memory
- The good listener
- Simple gestures take the lead
- No one left behind
- Christian mysteries
- Not just a movie star
- Limit his golf game to nine holes
- Celebrating those heroic souls
- We didn't lose the game
- I have not failed
- Ready to meet his Maker
- The funniest person in the room
- Death can be sweet
- Renouncing Satan
- Waking from a troubled dream
- Death matters
- The light of life goes out reluctantly
- Meeting death at home
- Giving death a whirl
- Recalling, remembering, and reciting
- Last words
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- Prepare the funeral
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- Questions Catholics ask
- The Holy Year of Mercy: Reflections
- Go and do likewise
- How much wrong we do ...
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- The prodigal father’s parable
- The mark of the sinner
- Let us . . . remember Peter
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Peg Ekerdt is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator. She has served as a parish pastoral associate for more than 30 years, working in the areas of pastoral care, bereavement, marriage preparation, liturgy, adult formation, and religious education. She has written for Celebration, National Catholic Reporter, Abbey Press CareNotes, Liturgy Training Publications, and as a scripture columnist for the diocesan paper. She continues to write for Take Five and Prepare the Word.
Father Dominic Grassi
Father Dominic Grassi is retired pastor emeritus of St. Gertrude Catholic Parish in Chicago and the author of several award-winning books, including Death in Chicago: Winter (ACTA, 2018) and Living the Mass with Joe Paprocki (Loyola Press, 2005). He is the 2017 recipient of the St. John XXIII Award, which is given by the Association of Chicago Priests for excellence in priestly ministry and for significant contributions to the life of the Church of Chicago.
Daniel Grippo, Ph.D., co-founder of TrueQuest Communications, is an editor and author with 40 years experience in religious publishing. He is a specialist in Latin American history, a meditation teacher, and a certified spiritual director.
Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann
Originally from Panama, Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann, is a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Toronto at Holy Martyr's of Japan Parish in Bradford, ON and producer and host of The Salt + Light Radio Hour. He lives north of Toronto with his wife, Sheri, their two sons, Nicolas and Daniel, and their dog, Max.
Tom McGrath is a veteran Catholic publisher, recently retired from Loyola Press. He was a co-founder of TrueQuest Communications and, prior to that, director of publishing at Claretian Publications. He is author of Raising Faith-Filled Kids and The Meal Box.
Jennifer Tomshack is a veteran journalist who has written and edited for numerous publications, including U.S. Catholic magazine. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in English from DePaul University.
Patrice J. Tuohy
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Carmen F. Aguinaco
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Father Gregory Apparcel C.S.P.
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Veteran religion journalist Kevin Axe lives with his wife, Jacquie, in Evanston, Illinois.
Father Britto M. Berchmans
Father Britto M. Berchmans is pastor of St. Paul of the Cross Church in Park Ridge, Illinois.
Father Paul Boudreau
Father Paul Boudreau is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich and the author of Between Sundays: Daily Gospel Reflections and Prayers (Twenty-Third Publications) as well as articles in U.S. Catholic, Catholic Digest, and Today’s Parish. He serves weekends at San Gorgonio Parish in Beaumont, California. A former professional motorcycle racer, he is a regular columnist for Racer X Illustrated magazine.
Kathleen Chesto is a family-life author, retreat leader, and speaker living in Connecticut. Her recent works include Know Me, Hold Me, Sing to Me: What My Grandchild Taught Me about God (Ave Maria Press, 2004) and Holy Ground: Beatitudes as Gifts (Twenty-Third Publications, 2006).
Kevin Clarke is America magazine’s chief correspondent and the author of Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out (Liturgical Press).
James F. Colaianni Sr.
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James F. Colaianni Jr.
James F. Colaianni, Jr. is the editor/publisher of Sunday Sermons—serving clergy worldwide since 1970.
A graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Catherine Collins is a spiritual director, a retreat leader, and directs the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Bryan Cones was managing editor of U.S. Catholic Magazine.
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Carol DeChant is an author who lives with her husband Stan Reinisch in Ocean Ridge, Florida and spends hurricane season in Evanston, Illinois.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan is the cardinal archbishop of New York.
Brian Doyle, deceased, was the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland and author of many books, including The Wet Engine, about the "muddle & music & miracle of hearts."
Robert Ellsberg is the author of several books, including All Saints, The Saints’ Guide to Happiness and Blessed Among All Women.
Father George Fitzgerald C.S.P.
Father George Fitzgerald, C.S.P. is a Paulist priest who has served as rector of St. Paul's College in Washington, D.C., an editor of Paulist Press, and instructor in homiletics at Catholic University as well as at All Hallows Theological School in Dublin and at the Angelicum and North American College in Rome. He lives in Southern California.
Sister Susan Rose Francois, C.S.J.P.
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Bryan Froehle, Ph.D. is professor and director of the Ph.D. program in practical theology in the School of Theology and Ministry of St. Thomas University in Miami. His publications include Catholicism USA, Global Catholicism, and hundreds of national and local surveys of church trends and Catholic attitudes and behavior.
Alex García-Rivera, deceased, was an associate professor of systematic theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in California and author of a number of books, including A Wounded Innocence: Sketches for a Theology of Art (2003) and numerous articles on Catholic sacraments and culture.
Frank Gaughan, president and CEO of FMG Productions, is a seasoned Catholic communicator, writer, and dramatic artist.
Sister Colleen Gibson S.S.J.
Sister Colleen Gibson, S.S.J. is a Sister of Saint Joseph who currently serves as the coordinator of services at the Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Center in Camden, New Jersey. She is a regular contributor to various Catholic publications.
Peter Gilmour was a director of the master of religious education program at Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Pastoral Studies.
Father Richard J. Hauser S.J.
Father Richard J. Hauser, S.J. teaches theology and is currently director of the Masters Program in Christian Spirituality and rector of the Jesuit Community at Creighton University. He is the author of In His Spirit: A Guide to Today’s Spirituality (Paulist), Moving in the Spirit: Becoming a Contemplative in Action (Paulist), and Finding God in Troubled Times (Loyola).
David Heim is executive editor of the Christian Century, a magazine of religion, politics, and culture based in Chicago.
Mary Lynn Hendrickson
Mary Lynn Hendrickson is a director of parish catechetical ministry in the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin. Previously she was the executive director of the Associated Church Press and worked for 20 years in Catholic publishing as an editor and writer.
Tina Hernandez Lasquety
Tina Hernandez Lasquety is president and CEO of With Mercy and Justice, a start-up nonprofit organization which addresses domestic, sexual, and clergy abuse and violence through the teachings, liturgy, and sacraments of the Catholic Church. She is pursuing her master of arts in liturgical studies at the Liturgical Institute of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.
Caroline Hopkinson is a school social worker, and former Catholic parish youth minister and social media editor for TrueQuest Communications.
Vicki Ix received an M. Div. from Saint John’s School of Theology-Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota, in 2002.
Father Larry Janowski O.F.M.
Father Larry Janowski is a Franciscan Friar of the Assumption of the B.V.M. Province. His ministries very much involve words: listened to, preached, and written in poetry. He has an M.A. in spirituality from Aquinas Institute and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Vermont College. A native of Chicago, Father Larry assists on weekends at St. Barbara Parish, Brookfield, Illinois.
Thomas Johnson is a writer and pastoral minister in Minneapolis.
Father Terry Keehan
Father Terry Keehan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago serving as pastor of Holy Family Parish in Inverness.
Father Donald Klein
Father Donald L. Klein is pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Sister Maxine Kollasch I.H.M.
Sister Maxine Kollasch, I.H.M. is co-founder of and current consultant for A Nun's Life Ministry. She is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe, Michigan.
Sister Margie Lavonis C.S.C.
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Phil Loftus is executive director of the National Fund for Catholic Religious Vocations and a member of St. Mary of the Woods Parish in Chicago.
Father Sebastian MacDonald C.P.
Father Sebastian MacDonald, C.P. is a member of the Passionist community at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He has an S.T.D. from the Angelicum in Rome, and with Carroll Stuhlmueller he edited A Voice in the Wilderness, on Barnabas Ahern, and is the author of Moral Theology and Suffering.
Jim Manney is a popular writer on Ignatian topics (God Finds Us, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer) as well as the editor of many books on Ignatian spirituality, including What Is Ignatian Spirituality? He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Katherine Martin is a lifelong Catholic and graduate of Gonzaga University. She is currently pursuing a career as a firefighter and paramedic.
Evelyn Mautner is a lifelong educator and learner, spending many years teaching fourth- and fifth-grade students, and a regular contributor to various Catholic publications.
Robert McClory, deceased, was professor emeritus at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and author of As It Was in the Beginning: The Coming Democratization of the Catholic Church (Crossroad, 2007) and Radical Disciple: Father Pfleger, St. Sabina Church, and the Fight for Social Justice (Chicago Review Press), among other books.
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Rev. Mary Kendrick Moore
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Bishop Robert F. Morneau
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Pat Morrison writes from Ohio. A vowed laywoman in the Carmelite tradition, she is a member of the Association of Contemplative Sisters.
Linus Mundy was the publisher at Abbey Press, a Benedictine publishing firm in St. Meinrad, Indiana. He is founder-director of CareNotes publications and author of the books Slow-down Therapy and Prayer-Walking.
Father Henri Nouwen
Father Henri Nouwen was a diocesan priest from the Netherlands who lived much of his life in the United States and Canada. He was a university teacher and a writer, and during the last years of his life he lived with mentally handicapped persons as pastor of L’Arche Daybreak community in Toronto, Ontario.
Ann O'Connor, deceased, was the author of The Twelve Unbreakable Principles for Parents (Except When Necessary) from ACTA Publications.
Siobhán O'Neill Meluso
Siobhán O'Neill Meluso, former TrueQuest editor, currently serves as communication coordinator for the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago and is a member of the Board of the Communicators for Women Religious (CWR).
Catherine O’Connell-Cahill was senior editor at Claretian Publications and U.S. Catholic magazine in Chicago. She grew up listening to her father’s stories about the many colorful pipe-coverers who belonged to Local 17.
Sister Rosa Pereda C.V.M.
Gregory F. Augustine Pierce
Gregory F. Augustine Pierce is a copublisher of ACTA Publications and author of Finding God @ Work: Practicing Spirituality in Your Workplace (ACTA Publications, 2004) and Spirituality at Work (Loyola Press, 2001).
Sister Vivian Ramos O.S.B.
Sister Vivian Ramos, O.S.B., is a Benedictine Sister of Ferdinand, IN, a practicing veterinarian, and an occasional writer.
Sean Reynolds, director of communications for the Midwest Augustinian Friars, worked as an intern at TrueQuest Communications and studied at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York.
Father Richard Rohr O.F.M.
Father Richard Rohr, O.F.M. is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and an internationally recognized author and spiritual leader. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation.
Father Ronald Rolheiser O.M.I.
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Joel Schorn is former managing editor of TrueQuest Communications and author of Holy Simplicity: The Little Way of Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day and Thérèse of Lisieux (Servant Books).
Father Donald Senior C.P.
Father Donald Senior, C.P. was president of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and author of a number of books on scripture.
Father Richard Sparks C.S.P.
Father Richard C. Sparks, C.S.P. Father Sparks is a Paulist priest and the author of several books, including Contemporary Christian Morality (Crossroads, 1996).
Terry Tuohy is a longtime church fundraiser and former development director for St. Matthias Parish in Chicago.
Sister Julie Vieira I.H.M.
Julie Vieira, I.H.M. is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe, Michigan. She co-founded A Nun's Life Ministry to help people discover and grow in their calling and life of faith.
Mary Vineyard is an author living in Maine.
Nick Wagner is a parish trainer and the author of Whole Community Liturgy (Twenty-Third Publications). Log on to his website at www.nickwagner.net.
Father Andrew Carl Wisdom O.P.
Father Andrew Carl Wisdom, O.P., D.Min. is a preacher and member of the Dominicans, Order of Preachers, Province of St. Albert the Great. The Liturgical Press published his book, Preaching to a Multi-Generational Assembly, which won a Catholic Press Association book award.
Sister Marcia Ziska O.S.B.
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