We're thrilled to be a part of the Archdiocese of Dubuque Pastoral Leadership Study Day.
The Spring 2021 Pastoral Leadership Study Day will take place virtually on Tuesday, April 13th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, with an optional Q & A and discussion session from 1:00-2:00 PM. The topic will be “The Art of Accompaniment” with keynote speaker Kristin Bird (www.burningheartsdisciples.org). There is no cost to participate..
For more information, contact the Archdiocesan office..
Many participants find that attending a single seminar or retreat day is only able to provide a brief overview of some of the key elements to discipleship and evangelization. Spending time reflecting, praying, and learning both individually and as a group will help ensure you take the concepts from theories and apply them in practice in your own life and in your parish.
Here you can find the handouts and resources used during the Pastoral Leadership Day as well as a list of resources we recommend for both individuals and groups to help you as you work to more fully and frutifully live out the Church's mission to evangelize through the Art of Accompaniment.
What can monastery life can teach us about how to thrive during "social distancing"?
We reached out to some retreat masters, monks, and monasteries of the Catholic tradition for their wisdom on how to handle isolation and social distancing.
These folks - who have intentionally chosen varying levels of isolation and distancing for a variety of reasons - had some incredibly helpful insights for those of us who are struggling with (and didn't choose) this life we're finding ourselves living today.
Evangelizing Answers to Every Catholic's Favorite Ash Wednesday Question
We don't presume to have the right response for every situation, but there are a few suggestions below that might help give you a foundation whether the questioner is a stranger just trying to be helpful...
Hey, you've got a little something on your forehead.
A fellow Catholic who forgot it was Ash Wednesday:
Ashes! Oh man, is it really Ash Wednesday today? I totally forgot and didn't go.
Or a confused friend:
Ummm...what's that dirt on your head?
In the Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis talks about the essential role of listening in evangelization and discipleship:
“We need to practice the art of listening, which is more than simply hearing. Listening...is an openness of heart which makes possible that closeness without which genuine spiritual cannot occur. Listening helps us to find the right gesture and word which shows that we are more than simply bystanders. Only through such respectful and compassionate listening can we enter on the paths of true growth and awaken a yearning for the Christian ideal: the desire to respond fully to God's love and to bring to fruition what he has sown in our lives.”
The resources below expand on the role of listening and can provide additional reflections, practical tips, and suggestions on how to begin listening with the openness of heart which makes true conversion possible.
“Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love.”
Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium)
“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.”
Pope Paul VI (Evangelii Nuntiandi)
“The witness of Christians, whose lives are filled with the hope of Christ, opens the hearts and minds of those around them to Christ.”
USCCB, Disciples Called to Witness
The most valuable way to share our faith is by telling our own story, our testimony of the difference Jesus Christ has made in our lives, in a firsthand account. This session helps participants identify the key elements of their personal journeys to discipleship.
The resources below expand on the role of story in evangelizing and can provide additional reflections, practical tips, and suggestions on how to think about both incorporating story and sharing your own story.