Models of Catholic mission over the past century succeeded, in part, because they were the right forms for the right time, but new models are needed for today, two plenary speakers told those gathered for the Maryknoll Centennial Symposium today at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
This is how I remember it. In late 2008 or early 2009, Tom Roberts broached the idea of setting out on a trek across the United States to find Catholic communities that are alive and life giving, that aren't bogged down in the mire of church politics and scandal.
From that idea came first a series of stories for our newspaper and website. You can still read those stories here: In Search of the Emerging Church.
Next came a book for Orbis, The Emerging Catholic Church: A Community's Search for Itself, which has just been released.
Tom was guest on Interfaith Voices, a public radio show hosted by Sr. Maureen Feilder, who also blogs for NCR Today. Here's a link to Tom and Maureen's conversation, which is titled The Changing Face of the Catholic Church.
On this day in 1879, Joe Hill (Joel Emmanuel Hägglund) was born in Gävle, Sweden.
His family was destitute, and sometimes there was no food. There was music, however, and Joe Hill, who would become famous for writing the IWW's "Starvation Army" songs, got his start at home.
Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Three Activist Women. The winners were Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Africa’s first elected female president — her compatriot, peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen, a civil society campaigner.
Catholic Charities in the Illinois Diocese of Peoria announced today that its staff and clients would transition to a newly formed non-profit organization with no affiliation to the Roman Catholic Church, which will provide adoption and foster care services to couples in civil unions, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Rumor has it that the Wall Street Occupiers are coming to D.C. today. And they are spreading to other cities nationwide. It's about time. For many people, these protests are a welcome sign that the predatory attitudes and practices of Wall Street are seeping into the consciousness of ordinary citizens. Best of all, many of the young are beginning to act.
This past week 4,100 California prisoners confined in maximum security sites have refused at least nine consecutive meals, meeting the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) standard for reporting a hunger strike. About 12,000 prisoners are reported by the Federal Receiver's office to have refused some meals this week.
On this day, 200 years ago, Eulalie Durocher was born in this house in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada.
In 1831, after her mother died, Eulalie and her father went to live with Eulalie's brother, Theophile, a priest at Beloeil. Eulalie managed the "household and the parish rectory. For the next thirteen years she learned a great deal about the spiritual and social needs of a parish, especially the need for schools. In 1843 the new bishop suggested that Eulalie form a religious congregation dedicated to education. Her brother strongly objected to losing his trusted right hand, but Eulalie overcame his resistance and with two companions founded the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary."
--The Big Book of Women Saints, by Sarah Gallick, HarperOne, 2007, page 315.
Opinion: Faithful Citizenship in 2012
There will be no same-sex marriages performed at West Point's Catholic chapel, according to the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.
The U.S. bishops stepped firmly back into the political arena this week, with two moves aimed at influencing both government policies and Catholic voters. Taken together, the moves seem to indicate a new focus for the bishops’ conference on stressing issues of conscience in political debates.