Station to Station: An Ignatian Journey through the Stations of the Cross

Station to Station: An Ignatian Journey through the Stations of the Cross, by Gary Jansen is a different kind of Station of the Cross book than one might expect. As Jansen writes in the Author’s Note, this 147-page volume, “focuses exclusively on events that are found in the Bible.” He goes on to note, “Encounters such as Jesus meeting his mother or meeting Veronica, who wipes his face along his way to Calvary, while traditionally rich in imagery and feeling, do not actually appear in the Bible. The focus here is on Scripture, because reading the Word of God, the Bible, brings us even closer to the Word of God, Jesus.” The book is divided into two parts: Part 1 – Why This Journey? And Part 2 – Now We Go, with Jesus. Available for $9.95 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.

Busy Lives & Restless Souls: How Prayer Can Help You Find the Missing Peace in Your Life

In Busy Lives & Restless Souls: How Prayer Can Help You Find the Missing Peace in Your Life, Becky Eldredge examines how the spirituality of St. Ignatius can help and show readers “… how to find God in our most mundane minutes and amid our most difficult questions. He can help name the restlessness in our lives. He can show us how to find God right where we are.” The 10 chapters include the following titles:

– Acknowledging the Restlessness

– Creating Space

– Beginning of a New Identity

– Living Awake

– Awakening to God’s Love

– Re-situate Your Life

– Prayer within the Reality of Life

– Through the Tough Spots

– Sent Forth

– Embracing the Railways

This volume helps make Ignatian spirituality accessible. An excellent primer for the Spiritual Exercises. Available for $13.95 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.

The First Easter Bunny Is Here Again

The First Easter Bunny is a charming narrative aimed at a youthful audience.  It deals with the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus—as seen through the eyes of a little rabbit.  In the story, the bunny is the first creature to see the resurrected Jesus, and so is bestowed with the honor of bringing sweet treats to children every year at Easter to celebrate and emphasize the actual meaning of the Easter event.

With Easter approaching, parents, grandparents, clergypersons and religious educators search for a tool to teach children the truth about this feast day. Father Richard Lewandowski, Sacramental Minister at St. Richard Parish, Sterling, MA, first published his story, The First Easter Bunny, in 1999. Illustrations by Anne Schaper Englot. The paperback edition has been reprinted, and is being distributed through Amazon. Also available at many bookstores.  Available for $7.50 plus S & H. For more information, click here.

Collaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, Theology

Collaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, Theology, edited by William A. Clark, SJ and Daniel Gast is a collection of essays that came forth from a study conducted in the United States by Project Inspire attached to Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies and the Archdiocese of Chicago, and in Germany by the CrossingOver program led by Dr. Wilhelm Damburg at Ruhr University who partnered with the Diocese of Essen. Essentially this volume is a report of research on the development of Pastoral Leadership Teams in the US and Germany. It employs practical-theological methods, rooted in pastoral experience and integrated with scholarly reflection. The following chapters present comparative case studies of collaborative leadership in various settings: multicultural parishes in different parts of the US, parish clusters consolidating into single parishes using very different processes, and parishes in Chicago and Mexico City meeting similar urban challenges. Contributors include: Bryan Froehle and Mary Froehle, Brett Hoover, Peter Gilmour, Elfriede Wedam, Marti R. Jewell, Father Robert Schreiter, CPPS, and more. The research was funded through a grant from The Lilly Endowment, Inc. Sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative. Recommended for diocesan and parish pastoral ministers. Available in hardcover for a 30% discounted price of $63.00 from Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 15200 NBN Way, P.O. Box 191, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214-0191. Tel: Toll free: (800) 462-6420 ext. 3024. Fax: (800) 338-4550. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.rowman.com. To obtain the 30% discounted offer use code: LEX30AUTH17 when ordering. To download an order form, click here.

Polarization in the US Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal

Polarization in the US Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal, edited by Mary Ellen Konieczny, Charles C. Camosy, and Tricia C. Bruce is a collection of essays that developed out of a conference of the same name held at the University of Notre Dame in April 2015. That conference gathered nearly sixty Catholic pastors, public intellectuals––primarily theologians and social scientists––from across the US. The participants included people of widely different and often opposing views on divisive issues within the Catholic Church. Included also were people of Vatican II and post-Vatican II generations, Millennials, and younger, newer, racially and ethnically diverse voices in the conversation. Contributors include: Brian P. Flanagan, David Gushee, Most Rev. Daniel Flores, Rev. John Jenkins, CSC, Michael McGillicuddy, Hosffman Ospino, Susan Crawford Sullivan, Michael Sean Winters, and more. Available for $19.95 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.

Collaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, Theology

Collaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, Theology, edited by William A. Clark, SJ and Daniel Gast is a collection of essays that came forth from a study conducted in the United States by Project Inspire attached to Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies and the Archdiocese of Chicago, and in Germany by the CrossingOver program led by Dr. Wilhelm Damburg at Ruhr University who partnered with the Diocese of Essen. Essentially this volume is a report of research on the development of Pastoral Leadership Teams in the US and Germany. It employs practical-theological methods, rooted in pastoral experience and integrated with scholarly reflection. The following chapters present comparative case studies of collaborative leadership in various settings: multicultural parishes in different parts of the US, parish clusters consolidating into single parishes using very different processes, and parishes in Chicago and Mexico City meeting similar urban challenges. Contributors include: Bryan Froehle and Mary Froehle, Brett Hoover, Peter Gilmour, Elfriede Wedam, Marti R. Jewell, Father Robert Schreiter, CPPS, and more. The research was funded through a grant from The Lilly Endowment, Inc. Sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative. Recommended for diocesan and parish pastoral ministers. Available in hardcover for $90.00 from Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 15200 NBN Way, Bldg. C, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214. Tel: Toll free: (800) 462-6420 ext. 3024, Local: (717) 794-3800. Fax: (800) 338-4550. Local fax: (717) 794-3803. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.rowman.com.

To Love and Serve: Our Mission to Transform the World – Daily Reflections with The Message (Lent 2017)

To Love and Serve: Our Mission to Transform the World – Daily Reflections with The Message (Lent 2017), is a very helpful 48-page resource to help users to focus their mind and heart on what God is asking of them during this season of preparation, reflection, prayer and repentance. The Scripture passages used in this booklet come from The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition [Click here for an annotated review of The Message.] . Each day has a short Scripture reference, A Reflection, and Action components. Written by nationally respected writer and speaker on the lay vocation and spirituality of work, Gregory Augustine Pierce. Available for $1.25 from ACTA Publications, 4848 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640. Tel: (800) 397-2282. E-mail: [email protected]. Website: www.actapublications.com.

Connections

Connections (Vol. 4, No. 1, Winter 2017) is now available in PDF format. Connections is a publication of SLIconnect, the education resource of St. Luke Institute. Topics for this edition focus on “Healthy Tech Use” and include: Finding your digital media balance, Reducing social media stress, Authentic communication in the digital age, and Setting digital boundaries. Go to: https://www.sliconnect.org/category/articles/connections/

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