Showing posts from January, 2011

Mission on the home front

Marriage is in the news a lot.   In all the debate, one thing I haven't heard much about is the connection between marriage and mission.   The reason this comes to my mind is that today I presided at the convalidation of the marriage of a couple involved in the parish RCIA process.  They been civilly married several years and have a couple children.  During their preparation we had the chance to talk about why they would want to have their marriage "blessed" or affirmed by the church.  

In California, not much more is required for a marriage license than a photo ID.   For this couple, they came to appreciate that marriage was much more than legal recognition of their partnership.   They realized that the third party to their partnership is God and that God is the source of their love.  This meant that  their marriage has a deep spiritual context and that God is interested and even invested in their relationship.  So much so, they are confident that they can call on God to…

New Blog: Best Practices for Mission Education

Check out our new blog dedicated specifically to Best Practices for Mission Education.

In his most recent mission message, Pope Benedict states unequivocally that the responsibility of mission (carrying on Jesus' mission of proclaiming the Good News of God's love) belongs to every baptized Christian.   So with baptism comes a job.  Unfortunately, we are not well trained and formed for that job.

Maryknoll has a long history of helping Catholics in the U.S. do mission.   A key aspect of that is helping teachers, catechists and ministers incorporate a stronger mission identity and develop the skills and tools they need in their ministry to help educate, support and form the next generation of missioners.

In addition to our new blog for best practices in mission education, we are offering a Mission Education Training Program.   Join us Feb. 25-27 at our San Lorenzo Mission Center.

Pope Benedict's Mission Message For 2011

On the occasion of the Jubilee of the year 2000 Venerable John Paul II, at the beginning of a new millennium of the Christian era, forcefully confirmed the necessity of renewing the commitment to bring the Gospel proclamation to all with “the enthusiasm of the very first Christians” (Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, 58). It is the most precious service that the Church can render to humanity and to every individual seeking profound reasons for living his or her existence to the full. Therefore that same invitation re-echoes every year in the celebration of World Mission Day. In fact the ceaseless proclamation of the Gospel also revitalises the Church, her fervour, her apostolic spirit; it renews her pastoral methods so that they may be ever more suited to new situations – also those that require a new evangelization – and animated by missionary thrust: “Missionary activity renews the Church, revitalizes faith and Christian identity, and offers fresh enthusiasm and new incentive…

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Retreat: Forgiveness, the Path to God

Contact Kris East
Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers Western Region
510 276-5021
When Friday February 11, 2011 at 6:00 PM PST
Sunday February 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM PST

Where Maryknoll Regional Center
16642 Ashland Ave.
San Lorenzo, CA 94580

How to Register Online at:
Call Kris:  510-276-5021 ________________________ Suggested donation of $100 to cover the costs of accom-modation, food and materials, but please feel free to give what you can and if you cannot afford to give now, to join us as our guest.
Retreat: Forgiveness, the Path to God
"Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." Unfortunately to be human is to hurt and be hurt by others.  However, we have a choice about what to do when that happens. Over and over again, Jesus makes it clear that a major stumbling block to right relationship with God is failure to forgive.   Experts from a variety of different disciplines agree …

Diarmuid O'Murchu: The Missionary Shift in Our Time

Diarmuid O'Murchu:  The Missionary Shift in Our TimeFr. Diarmuid O'Murchu Tuesday, January 18th 7:30 pm
Maryknoll Center

Join us for a special Mission Forum with renown author and speaker, Fr. Diarmuid O'Murchu. 
He will share with us his reflections on the changes, challenges and opportunities of doing mission today.
The missionary endeavor today adopts as a primary focus the tripartide challenge of "Peace, Justice and the Integrity of Creation." It marks a distinctive shift from earlier understandings, with a significant shift to adult catechesis, growth and development. Diarmuid O'Murchu, drawing on his international experience as lecturer and workshop leader, will explore the implications of this new approach. ----
His best known books include Quantum Theology (1996 - revised in 2004), Reclaiming Spirituality (1998), Evolutionary Faith (2002), Catching Up with Jesus (2005), The Transformation of Desire (2007), Ancestral Grace (2008), Jesus in the Power of Poetry …