At NCR, we believe the independent journalism we provide is relevant and necessary for our next generation of readers. Bob Weber, a longtime reader and donor, agrees with us.
Bob, who recently turned 90, says NCR is “a lifeline to my church. It helps me see how the church can transform from the middle ages to the 21st century.”
Two years ago, Bob was invited by his friend Peggy Heile to co-teach a religious education class to six teenagers preparing for confirmation. In his classes, Bob has supplemented his teaching material by assigning NCR articles for them to read. His intention in doing so, he says, is that they “not just take things as given, but ask ‘why do I believe this? Why do I go to Mass?’ ’’
Examples of NCR articles Bob has used in class include “A Church that young adult Catholics can believe in” by Nicole Sotelo, “Looking at God” by Patricia Datchuck Sanchez and Joan Chittister’s “The normalization of insanity.”
The articles help stimulate deeper discussion and reflection on what it means to be Catholic, Bob says. So far, all six teenagers are on track to be confirmed next year, and Bob and Peggy will continue as teachers.
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“If we can get enough young people to think in terms of being in charge of their church and their parish, that they’re accountable for their decisions, then the church has a chance of succeeding,” Bob says.
Here at NCR, we’ve always known we are blessed with wonderful readers and supporters. Bob’s story is just one example. Thank you, Bob, for sharing your gifts and your faith, and for including NCR on your journey.
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[Marge Gasnick works in NCR’s development office where she is the annual fund director.]
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