Category Archives: Summer 2011

Cultural Challenges In Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Positive Progress I had a chance to sit down with several staff members from Instituto Fe Y Vida to talk about what questions the work of the symposium was raising in light of their ministry.  We had an in-depth conversation … Continue reading

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Bishop Blase Cupich: Advancing Excellence

A Great Opportunity Bishop Blase Cupich of the Diocese of Spokane described the National Symposium as an important phase in contributing to the request on the part of the bishops for more research and dialogue around lay ecclesial ministry as … Continue reading

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Somos uno iglesia!

We are one church! A significant point of discussion has come up in almost every conversation this week… How are we incorporating a multicultural approach and sensitivity into all this work on lay ecclesial ministry? I talked with Sergio Canjura … Continue reading

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Young Adults in Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Questions on the Table Julie Billmeier serves in Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Diocese of Dallas.  She is an inspiring young adult herself and has added a wealth of insight and wisdom to the work and conversation at … Continue reading

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Dr. Bob McCarty: Changing Territory

We need to change our maps. “One of the things that has become really clear in this symposium on lay ecclesial ministry is that the territory in which we do ministry is changing rapidly… What this is going to require of … Continue reading

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Vocation and Authorization

What’s all the talk about? The whole campus has been abuzz with conversation surrounding vocation / authorization / theological points of convergence / challenges and implications.  If you’re on campus and haven’t heard the phrase “lay ecclesial ministry” at least … Continue reading

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Fr. Tom Henehan: A Maryknoll Priest in Bolivia

Lay ecclesial ministry formation is just as challenging in Bolivia as it is in the United States.  Fr. Tom describes two major challenges of gaining credibility with the priests and bishops and overcoming intercultural tensions. We focus on the mission … Continue reading

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Dr. Jeff Kaster: Points of Resonance

The challenge of today’s work at the symposium has been described as a “grappling with the risks and rewards regarding authorization in lay ecclesial ministry”.  Through intense discussion, participants have been trying to assess the theological points regarding vocation and … Continue reading

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Exploring the Landscape

Religious/Cultural/Sociological Landscapes Dr. Nancy Ammerman… Professor of Sociology of Religion from Boston University’s School of Theology presented an insightful and thought-provoking look at how the religious, cultural and sociological landscape in the United States is impacting religious leadership. Three particularly … Continue reading

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Bishop Kinney: Co-Workers is ground-breaking.

Bishop Kinney from the Diocese of St. Cloud presided at the opening Mass for the 2011 Collegeville National Symposium for Lay Ecclesial Ministry.  He quoted the late Archbishop Pietro Sambi… Apostolic Nuncio to the United States… “This is where God … Continue reading

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