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.

The Changing Face of Church: Emerging Models of Parish Leadership

This is the fourth in a series of five books based on findings of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project. The volume looks at data from experiences of more than 500 of today’s pastoral leaders in the Catholic Church and documents best practices for the approaching massive, rapidly evolving challenge of pastoral planning. The book contains nine chapters in 4 parts: Spiritually Alive and Healthy Parishes, Visible Commitment to Building the Life of the Parish, Total Ministering Communities, and Emerging Practices. An essential book for pastors and parish leaders. Published by Loyola Press.

USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations

WitnessingFather Shawn McKnight, executive director of the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, has informed us that pre-ordering is available for the Guidelines on Receiving Pastoral Ministers in the United States, 3rd Edition. Click here to pre-order the document.

In addition, a link is available for registration for the one-day implementation workshops for the document on the CCLV landing page: www.usccb.org/cclv

Please note: The registration for the implementation workshop includes a hard copy of the Guidelines.

Please see the memorandum below regarding the Guidelines on Receiving Pastoral Ministers in the United States from the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations, US Conference of Catholic Bishops. For the memorandum in MS Word, click here. For the PDF, click here.

For more information contact Fr. Shawn McKnight at: (202) 541-3037. E-mail: [email protected]

Resources for Ongoing Formation of Priests for the New Evangelization

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations has asked NFPC to pass on information about New Evangelization resources available for priests in regard to implementation of the committee’s theme for 2014 – The Sacrament of Confession. Click here for CCLV Resources!