Pastoral Formation Monthly Update
What's Buzzin' in Pastoral Formation?
From the desk of Sr. Kathy....
I pray each of you had a wonderful Triduum and Easter season! One of the reasons Catholics and non-Catholics alike love the church is the rich traditions we have. When I was a Campus Minister at my alma mater, Duquesne University, and had the responsibility of welcoming new students to the church or full communion, I remember many being enthralled with the traditions and rituals the Church offers. Easter is such a special time for each of us to live the Paschal Mystery once again. The readings after Easter are so beautiful and profound.
May this issue of Buzz News be meaningful to you. I repeat some things previously mentioned in other editions in the hopes that you may reconsider attending a conference or a particular action.
I recently received a grant from the Bikulege Family Foundation to use for next year’s Formation for Mission and Ministry Seminar. When Stan and Paula discovered about the formation efforts of the diocese, specifically the Office of Pastoral Formation, they were only too happy to support us. I am indebted to this family for allowing us to look at “Church Ministry and the Meyers Briggs Type Inventory.” Many of you may be thinking, “I’ve taken that assessment already”, but you haven’t taken it as a Diocese of Charleston teammate. We will explore the assessment and begin to reflect on how we can understand ourselves better as well as those with whom we work. The new sessions begin in September, 2018.
Sr. Kathy Adamski, OSF
Pope Francis Calls Us to Holiness
Looking for good spiritual reading? Maybe something that might provoke an interesting discussion? Or maybe just the latest from Our Holy Father?
Look no further than “(Gaudete Et Excultate) Rejoice and Be Glad ,” Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world. The complete document is available here:
What Catholic Leaders Had To Say About US Missile Strikes in Syria (Catholic News Agency, April 7, 2018)
The following excerpt from the leaders of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops comes to us as matters of morality and not as having to do with politics or partisanship:
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, and the head of the International Justice and Peace Committee, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, issued the joint statement.
“The use of internationally banned indiscriminate weapons is morally reprehensible,” they stated of the chemical attacks. “At the same time, our Conference affirmed the call of Pope Francis to attain peace in Syria 'through dialogue and reconciliation.'”
“The longstanding position of our Conference of Bishops is that the Syrian people urgently need a political solution. We ask the United States to work tirelessly with other governments to obtain a ceasefire, initiate serious negotiations, provide impartial humanitarian assistance, and encourage efforts to build an inclusive society in Syria that protects the rights of all its citizens, including Christians and other minorities.”
To ready the full article, please click here: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/what-catholic-leaders-had-to-say-about-us-missile-strikes-in-syria-99046
Education for Justice Project
The Education for Justice site was created to help teachers, social action directors, parish members, campus ministers, and others in leadership roles to meet the challenge of sharing Catholic Social Teaching and bring greater awareness to social justice issues.
The mission of the Education for Justice site is rooted in the biblical call of justice. As disciples, we are called to see, hear, understand, and respond to the message of the gospel and the manifestations of injustice that demand the engagement of our heads, hearts and hands.
Reading and responding to the signs of the times is an urgent call of living our faith today. Love of God and love of neighbor are one.
The Education for Justice site offers a wide range of print-ready educational materials that can be used with groups and in classes to provide information, promote critical thinking, and spark discussion.
Current Project Activities
- Research on current trends in faith formation, pedagogy, and Catholic Social Teaching
- Resource creation of timely materials for a broad range of educators and leaders promoting Catholic Social Teaching
- Convening of a national group of Catholic Justice Educators which includes NCEA, CRS, USCCB, NETWORK, Maryknoll for Global Concerns, JustFiath and others.
- Collaborating with members across the country
- Convening educators through summer workshops and symposiums
- Presenting workshops, seminars, and in-service trainings for faculties, staffs and parish groups, and others.
To go directly to the Education for Justice site click this link: https://www.educationforjustice.org
NALM Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary with a NALM/NCCL/FCH Combined Conference May 30 - June 2, 2018
Inspiring Encounter. Authentic Accompaniment. Modern Proclamation.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Moment of Encounter
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Walk of Accompaniment
Friday, June 1, 2018
Proclaiming the Joy Experienced
Saturday, June 2, 2018
The Journey continues…with hope, courage & joy
Participants unpack the themes of encounter, accompany, and proclaim with a hopeful, courageous, and joyful heart. Challenged by the early disciples in their brave responses to “Come Follow Me,” which required the abandoning of all they knew and owned, even those they loved, participants will reflect on what steps need to be taken to say YES! to following Jesus and sharing the Gospel with God’s people in today’s realities.