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Parish Life / Ministry

 A critic of ministerial religious life
Sandra Schneiders is a member of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe, Mich., and is professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.  Her four-page article in the Oct 2 issue of the National Catholic Reporter is the best, most compact, and most significant study of the biblical and historical foundations of ministerial religious life available today.

 A Faith That Works
Is the task of faith and ministry today the resolution of intellectual quandaries, or is it something else? Does one confront pastoral situations in order to explain the “why” of events, or to be pastorally present to the “what” of events, even without an immediate theory? How a person answers those questions will disclose his or her theological method or “first principles.”

 A love for transformation
In a broken New Jersey city, a priest expands the idea of community
At a time when parishes are leaving the inner city and Catholic schools are closing by the score, Sacred Heart Parish in Camden, NJ and its elementary school are thriving.

 A Pastoral Council Resource Guide
From the Diocese of Austin, Texas, norms and guidelines for those planning and/or implementing short and long term pastoral policies and activities in the parish.

 A Spirit-Led Future
Today the church in much of the country is contracting. Schools have closed, hospitals merged, novitiates shuttered—moments rarely captured on film. With priestly and religious vocations and Mass attendance in decline, the church can no longer do all it once did.

 American Association of Pastoral Counselors
AAPC was founded in 1963 as an organization which certifies Pastoral Counselors, accredits pastoral counseling centers, and approves training programs.

 American Catholic demographics and the future of ministry
The trends outlined in this article by John Allen suggest challenges and headaches aplenty, but they’re also rich with potential for creative new energies in the American church, depending on how they play out.

 Association of the New Covenant
An international organization located in the U.S.A, Poland and Malta, specializes in training parishioners in the new evangelization called for by Pope John Paul II.

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