The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope

ReformerOne thing that gives a new book on the pope, The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope by Austen Ivereigh a lot of credibility is the pre-publication reviews. The list is impressive along with their comments. Reviewers include: Cardinal Timothy Dolan; Archbishop Charles, Chaput, OFM Cap; Father Thomas Reese, SJ; Father Thomas Rosica, CSB; John Allen, Jr.; David Gibson; and George Weigel. Using Weigel’s comment as an example, “Ivereigh has written the best available chronicle of the formative events in the life and thinking of Jorge Mario Bergoglio and demonstrates how his call for a ‘Church in permanent mission’ extends and deepens the ‘New Evangelization’ proclaimed by St. John Paul II.” The volume contains extensive Notes, Notes on Sources, and Index sections.  Published by Henry Holt & Co.

The First Five Years of the Priesthood: A Study of Newly Ordained Catholic Priests

A 2002 collaborative work by the NFPC and Catholic University of America’s Life Cycle Institute which explores the experience of early priesthood and is based on a pilot study of two groups—recently ordained priests (1992 and after) in active service and those who have already resigned.

From Seminarian to Diocesan Priest: Managing a Successful Transition

Father Knott provides helpful insights on this delicate transition. The book’s Introduction gives some hints as to what readers can expect. The path to priesthood is a hero’s journey,” he writes, “a quest.” “This book is written,” he notes, “to encourage today’s heroes, the newly ordained who are setting about on a quest of diocesan priesthood in today’s contentious Church.” Each chapter in 102-page book begins with a scriptural verse and ends with a list of “Discussion Starters.” (2005, Sophronismos Press).

Intentional Presbyterates: Claiming Our Sense of Purpose as Diocesan Priests

Father Knott writes that the newly ordained are often not prepared during their seminary training on how to be members of a diocesan presbyterate. “It seems to be taken for granted that the newly ordained will pick that up by osmosis or that individual dioceses will tend to that matter,” he states. A few chapter topics include: What is a Presbyterate? Why Do We Need Intentional Presbyterates? and A Sample Presbyteral Assembly. A helpful book for all diocesan priests. (2003, Sophronismos Press).

Father Tony’s April 16th Relevant Radio Interview

NFPC President Father Tony Cutcher was interviewed again on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air® with John Harper on April 16th. He summarizes how NFPC serves all priests, and then speaks about our 47th Annual Priests’ Convocation, April 20-23 in Louisville, KY and why it is so important that priests come together in fellowship: “Welcome to the family reunion!” Listen below.

Father Tony Cutcher interviewed on Vocation Boom! Radio

NFPC President Father Tony Cutcher was interviewed by host Jerry Usher on EWTN’s Vocation Boom! Radio on April 11th. Father Tony talked about his personal call to the priesthood, and then spends time clearly explaining NFPC and the communication focus that is key to all NFPC does. Listen below.

Father Tony Cutcher interviewed on Relevant Radio

NFPC President Father Tony Cutcher was interviewed on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air® with John Harper on March 5th, speaking on NFPC, which he states is “the best kept secret of the Catholic Church in the United States.” Listen below.

A Retreat for Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians, June 15-19, Franciscan University

Steuben_A Retreat for Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians, June 15-19, Franciscan University

A Retreat for Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians sponsored by Steubenville Conferences is being held June 15-19 on the campus of Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. The theme for the retreat is, Father- I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4

Presenters include: Most Rev. Sam Jacobs; Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR; Deacon Ralph Poyo; Dr. John Bergsma; Fr. Dan Heusel; Mary Bielski; Fr. Andrew Apostole, CFR, Fr. Shawn Roberson, TOR.

Registration discounts and scholarships are available! To learn more, visit: https://bitly.com/priestsdeaconsseminarians

For more information go to:

http://www.steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/priests-deacons-and-seminarians-retreat

From Seminarian to Diocesan Priest: Managing a Successful Transition

2015 NFPC National Convocation of Priests

Make plans to join us for the 2015 NFPC National Convocation of Priests. April 20-23, 2015 at the Galt House in Louisville, KY.

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