Pope Francis – With the Smell of the Sheep: The Pope Speaks to Priests, Bishops, and Other Shepherds

Smell_Sheep-croppedPope Francis  – With the Smell of the Sheep: The Pope Speaks to Priests, Bishops, and Other Shepherds, with a Foreword by Bishop Robert Barron is a collection of texts by Pope Francis consisting of all his addresses to priests and bishops, where he shares his vision of the priesthood, ministry, and service to the People of God. In addition, the volume contains his addresses to seminarians, bishops, members of the curia and religious orders, where he also shares words of compassion with victims of clergy sexual abuse. The pope’s addresses and homilies are arranged according to the following headings:

Chrism Masses
Meetings with Priests
Priestly Formation
Meetings with Bishops
Christmas Greetings to the Roman Curia
Other Occasions

Highly recommended. Available for $18.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.orbisbooks.com.

Healing Voices: an online resource for adult survivors of sexual abuse [Feb. 2017, Vol. 2, No. 1]

Heal_VoiceHealing Voices: an online resource for adult survivors of sexual abuse [Feb. 2017, Vol. 2, No. 1] is now available. This issue focuses on victim assistance and survivor ministry. For the PDF, go to: Heal_Voice_Feb_17.pdf

Seminary Formation: Recent History – Current Circumstances – New Directions

In this bookSem_Formation, Sr. Katarina Schuth, OSF examines the many aspects of theologate-level schools including their structures and missions, organization and leadership, student enrollment, backgrounds of both seminarians and lay students, and the evolution and development of degree programs, including human and spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation since 1985.  Essentially a report on research Sr. Katarina conducted, the book contains tables, charts, and statistical analysis about seminaries and seminarians over the past 30 years. The volume ends with commentaries by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, president of the Oblate School Theology, San Antonio, TX; Thomas Walters, professor emeritus of Religious Education, St. Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN; Leon M. Hutton, vice-rector and director of Human Formation and Evaluations (to 2015), St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, CA; Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, Vice president, academic dean, professor of New Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL; and Msgr. Peter Vaccari, rector, St. Joseph’s Seminary and College, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, NY. The Foreword is by Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. An excellent overview of current trends in seminary training. Available for $24.95 from Liturgical Press, 2950 St. John’s Rd., P.O. Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321. Tel: (800) 858-5450. Fax: (800) 445-5899. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.litpress.org.

Catholic Social Thought: Encyclicals and Documents from Pope Leo XIII to Pope Francis

Cath_Encl_Doc Catholic Social Thought: Encyclicals and Documents from Pope Leo XIII to Pope Francis, edited by David J. O’Brien and Thomas A. Shannon is a collection of official statements of the Catholic Church on social issues. With documents ranging from Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum (1891) to Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ (2015), this volume is single most comprehensive collection available of the primary documents of Catholic social thought. Each document is preceded by an introductory essay and helpful notes, making it an exceptional teaching aid as well as reference tool. A comprehensive volume of critical Church teachings.  The 680-page text is divided into four parts:

  • Part I – The Classic Texts of Leo XIII and Pius XI
  • Part II – Catholic Social Thought in Transition
  • Part III – Vatican II and Post Conciliar Catholic Social Teaching
  • Part IV – The Social Teaching of John Paul II, Benedict, and Francis

Available for $40.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.orbisbooks.com.

Piety and Plurality: Theological Education since 1960

Piety_Plural-croppedPiety and Plurality: Theological Education since 1960, by Glenn T. Miler is survey of how changes in Protestant seminary theological education over the past 50+ years have been impacted by studies in biblical criticism, social ethics, field education, including the rise of an increasingly urban, middle class and professional constituency. Of the eight chapters, Miller devotes Chapter 4 to Catholic Theological Education. Of Catholic theological education, Miller writes: “As I read the history, the most amazing thing about the past fifty years is the amount of freedom that the Vatican and hierarchy has given the theological schools and university departments of religion.” He names Fred Hofheinz of Lilly, (Sr.) Katarina Schuth, (OSF), and Jesse Ziegler of being on the forefront of positive change in Catholic theological studies and theological schools. Available for the Web price of $37.60 from Cascade Books, a division of Wipf & Stock Publishers, 199 W. 8th Ave., Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401. (541) 344-1528. Fax: (541) 344-1506. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.wipfandstock.com.

C21 Resources

Conscience-croppedThe Theme for the Fall 2016 issue of C21 Resources, a publication of The Church in the 21st Century at Boston College, is Conscience at Work. Topics include:

The Call of Conscience on Our Daily Lives, Kristin E. Heyer
Examining Conscience in Light of Scripture, James E. Keenan, SJ
Francis’s Call to Conscience: A Bishop’s Reflection, Most Rev. Stephen Blaire
An Ignatian Examen of Consciousness
Our Children’s Wisdom, Brian Doyle
Conscience Formation in the Face of Cultural Sin: The Challenge of Unconscious Racial Bias, Rev. Bryan Massingale

And much more.

This issue of C21 Resources available at:


A free subscription to C21 Resources is available by sending your e-mail address to: [email protected], or call: (617) 552-0470.

Passion of the Christ – Blu-ray and DVD offer

Pass_XstGlory Films, a California faith-based motion picture marketing company is offering a rerelease of the award-winning film, The Passion of the Christ in DVD and Blu-ray formats on Feb. 7.

The 2004 movie depicts the final 12 hours of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem during his crucifixion.

Blu-ray & DVD Special Feature:
– New English, Spanish, and Portuguese Language dub
– Includes original theatrical and recut version edited for Graphic depiction
– Audio Commentaries (original version) with Mel Gibson, Filmmakers and Theologians
– Biblical Footnotes (original version)
– Music Commentary (selected scenes, original version.

Ministry offer includes 60% discount off suggested retail prices of $16.99 Blu-ray and $9.98 DVD. Use Promo Code: PassionLoveGift

Offer good through: 2/28/17.

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For more information (PDF), click here.

A Church of the Poor: Pope Francis and the Transformation of Orthodoxy

Poor_Church-croppedIn A Church of the Poor: Pope Francis and the Transformation of Orthodoxy, Clemens Sedmak uses resources ranging from scripture to Catholic Social Teaching to the early Church Fathers to argue that an authentic and faithful church is not one obsessed with dogma or ceremony, but one that is poor as Christ was poor, in the multifaceted sense of that phrase: compassionate, unattached to material wealth, focused on flourishing and right relationship with God. As Holy Cross Father Daniel Groody states, “Sedmak probes the logic of love in the logic of the paschal mystery, he helps us see the many ways Pope Francis is making more visible the invisible heart of God.” Available for $32.00 rom Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.orbisbooks.com.

Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century

Cath_Par_21-croppedCatholic Parishes of the 21st Century, by Charles E. Zech, Mary L. Gautier, Mark M. Gray, Jonathon L. Wiggins, and Thomas P. Gaunt, SJ with a Foreword by Marti R. Jewell, is essentially an update of the groundbreaking 1989 document called the Notre Dame Study of Catholic Parish Life. In addition to the topics covered in the Notre Dame study, this research, commissioned through the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project and conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, also addresses the phenomenon of multicultural parishes, the emerging forms of parish organizational structure, parish finances, the social ministry roles of parishes, and adult catechesis. One of the key findings from the Notre Dame study was change––that the picture of the church in the 1980s was very different from the church in the 1950s. A key finding from this updated research is that change continues in some surprising and unanticipated ways. A must-read for church leaders, diocesan and parish councils, committees, and staff. An invaluable resource in understanding contemporary Catholic parish life. Available in hardcover from Oxford University Press. Order online at – https://global.oup.com/academic/search?q=Catholic+Parishes+of+the+21st+Century&cc=us&lang=en – with the promotion code – AAFLYG6 – to save 30%. Original price $24.95. Promotional price = $17.47 plus shipping & handling.

Always Discerning: An Ignatian Spirituality for the New Millennium

Discern-croppedIn Always Discerning: An Ignatian Spirituality for the New Millennium, Father Joseph A. Tallow, SJ explains what discernment was thirty years ago and what it is today. Thirty years ago it was whether to become a religious or a priest. Today it is discovering God’s dream for us. Using Pope Francis 2013 apostolic exhortation, Joy of the Gospel [Evangelii Gaudium] as a template where he mentions discernment 20 times, Fr. Tetlow explains how mature believers can discern, and hope, and still deal with uncertainty. This volume provides a powerful and practical way for readers see that the dynamic interrelationship of head, heart, and hands is crucial to the discernment process. Available for $14.95 from Loyola Press, 3441 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60657. Tel: (800) 621-1008. Fax: (773) 281-0555. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.loyolapress.com.