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FROM THE C21 CENTER DIRECTOR [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
FROM THE C21 CENTER DIRECTOR Dear Friend, The Church in the 21st Century Center is happy to present "Handing on the Faith," the first of four special C2l Resources issues to celebrate Boston College's Sesquicentennial. BC proudly celebrates 150 years since a small Catholic college, originally founded to serve Boston's Irish immigrants, has grown to be counted among the nation's premier universities. The C2l Sesquicentennial issues will be rolled out over the next year and a half. The 2012-2013 academic year also marks 10 years since Boston College founded the C2l Center in response to the clerical abuse crisis that came to light in 2002 in Boston and subsequently across the nation. A decade later, C2l continues to work as a catalyst and resource for the renewal of the Catholic Church. Each C2l Resources issue in the Sesquicentennial series will address the state of the question on a C2l focal theme. We begin with "Handing on the Faith," a critical issue for a Church envisioning its ...
CONTENTS [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
CONTENTS HANDING ON THE FAITH: MORE THAN INSTRUCTION 2 by Thomas H. Croome Jesus in the Midst 8 by Kevin Dowd Pass It On: Renewing One's Own Faith Is the First Step to Evangelizing Others 10 by Cardinal Donald Wuerl Eight Keys to Keeping Kids Catholic 12 by Carol Cimino, SSJ Both Caught and Taught: The Faith Education of a Catholic School 14 by Brad Rothrock Benedict XVI: Address to Bishops of the United States 16 by Pope Benedict XVI Finding a Home in the Church 17 by Amelia Blanton Raised on Faith, but... 20 by Valerie Schultz Teen Retreats: A Path through the Wilderness 22 by Julie A. Collins Service Immersion: Diving into Deeper Faith 25 by Mike Quinn My Place at the Table 26 by Allison Cornelisse Crowing in Faith Along the Way: Pilgrimage as Education in Faith 28 by Patrick Manning Instilling Faith: The Power of Religious Symbols 30 by Nancy Pineda-Madrid How One Jewish Family Hands on Its Faith 32 by Rabbi Ruth Longer The Window Effect: Music Ministry in Evangelization and Cat...
ABOUT THE EDITOR [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
ABOUT THE EDITOR THOMAS H. CROOME was born in County Kildare, Ireland. Professor Groome holds the equivalent of an M.Div. from St. Patrick's Seminary in Carlow, Ireland, an MA from Fordham University, and a doctoral degree in religious education from Union Theological Seminary/ Columbia University. Professor Groome has served for 36 years as a faculty person in theology and religious education at Boston College's Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry (IREPM). He has helped to establish IREPM as a worldrenowned center for the study and advancement of educating in faith. He currently serves as chairperson of IREPM, known as DREPM, now a department within Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. His most recent publication is Will There Be Faith?: A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples, and he is also the primary editor of various religion textbook series, most recently the Credo series. This fall the book, Catholic Spiritual Practices, A Treasury of...
Handing on the Faith: More than Instruction [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Handing on the Faith: More than Instruction Thomas H. Groome The mandate for Christians to hand on their faith to the rising generations originated on a hillside in Galilee some 2,000 years ago. That's where the Risen Christ assembled his little community and sent them to "make disciples of all nations" by teaching faith in him and in what he had taught. Note well that this commission was given to all there present; it's the responsibility of every disciple to share the faith. Jesus promised to be with us always in continuing his mission (see Matthew 28:16-20) and to send "the Spirit of truth" (John 16:13) to guide his community's evangelizing. Yet, it has never been easy and is likely more difficult than ever in our time. Reasons for the heightened challenge are myriad; sociologically, the commentators gather them under the label of secularization. That means the conditions of contemporary Western culture no longer mediate or encourage faith of its people as in previous eras. In fa...
A LITANY OF THE WAY [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
A LITANY OF THE WAY Prayer for the Journey As Jesus sought the quiet of the desert Teach us to pray. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples Teach us to love. As Jesus promised Paradise to the thief on the cross Teach us to hope. As Jesus called Peter to walk to him across the water Teach us to believe. As the child Jesus sat among the elders in the temple Teach us to seek answers. As Jesus in the garden opened his mind and heart to God's will Teach us to listen. As Jesus reflected on the Law and the Prophets Teach us to learn. As Jesus used parables to reveal the mysteries of the Kingdom Teach us to teach.
Jesus in the Midst [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Jesus in the Midst Kevin Dowel At the age of four, having just returned home from the doctor's office, I deftly climbed onto the bathroom sink, opened the medicine cabinet, and absconded to my bedroom with a bottle of pills. Like many children, I loved playing roles, and today I was the doctor and my younger brother, Mike, the patient. Behind the closed doors of our bedroom, while my mother prepared dinner downstairs, Mike and I consumed the entire bottle of medicine. The haunting silence that ensued prompted my mother to investigate, and what she found was a two-year-old on the verge of death and a four-year-old not far behind. She and my dad rushed us to the hospital—only a couple of blocks away —where I was induced to vomit; but Mike was in much more serious trouble. Only years later did I learn that my mother was in tears as she asked the doctor, "Is my baby going to die?" In my toddler's mind, on the other hand, I found the entire affair pretty exciting. I still remember seeing...
Pass It On: Renewing One's Own Faith Is the First Step to Evangelizing Others [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Pass It On: Renewing One's Own Faith Is the First Step to Evangelizing Others Cardinal Donald Wuerl In spite of the genuine and sometimes heroic efforts of parents and teachers in Catholic schools and parish religious education programs, sometimes the Gospel message simply is not heard the first time around. In today's culture, it cannot be assumed that baptized Catholics will embrace discipleship and become active followers of Christ. Many Catholics are affected by the secularism, materialism, and individualism of our society, as are many of their friends, families, and neighbors who do not profess the faith. It is difficult for the Church to be heard through the pervasive noise. Many Catholics have embraced a postmodern mentality that rejects belief in a universal and objective truth, leading to a rise in relativism. Many mistrust institutions, including the Church, and do not turn to her for guidance. A self-referencing individualism evaluates in terms of what is best for the sel...
Eight Keys to Keeping Kids Catholic: A Teacher and Catechist Shares Her Hard-earned Wisdom [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Eight Keys to Keeping Kids Catholic: A Teacher and Catechist Shares Her Hard-earned Wisdom Carol Cimino, SSJ U ■ can't understand it," she wailed. "I sent her to I Catholic school for 12 years and she doesn't even -M-go to church!" If I had a nickel for every time a parent said those words (substitute "religious education" for "Catholic school"), I would be gainfully unemployed. While some parents couldn't care less or, worse, don't even notice, most parents and even grandparents are appalled that their children, especially their 16- to 2 2-year-olds, seem to have forsaken their heritage, their Catholic faith. While I have over 40 years of experience as a teacher and catechist, it's what I have learned from young people that fortifies me to hand out some advice to teachers, catechists, and, yes, parents and grandparents. While nothing will guarantee that our kids will stay close to their Catholic faith, there are some great ways to cultivate their faith—and some important truths to ...
Both Caught and Taught: The Faith Education of a Catholic School [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Both Caught and Taught: The Faith Education of a Catholic School Brad Rothrock From its earliest days, the Church has conducted schools as an aspect of its mission to continue God's saving work in the world. For the past 2,000 years, then, Catholic schools have educated from faith and for faith. In other words, they are inspired by and arise from the core convictions of Catholicism and are to educate people in Catholic identity. They continue to be most effective in this dual mission today. The start of fourth-grade found me in a new school: Our Mother of Sorrows. This was by my own request; I simply felt drawn there to the amazement of my irreligious parents. The transition from a public to a private school was disorienting, to say the least. Upon reflection, this disorientation turned out to be a rather good thing. The strangeness I felt was a sign of a new identity about to be born; an identification of myself as a Catholic Christian. Prior to attending Our Mother of Sorrows, the...
CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS BEAR WITNESS TO CHRIST [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS BEAR WITNESS TO CHRIST Central to a Catholic education is the Catholic school teacher. Since the time Christ said to Simon, "Thou art Peter," they have been called by many titles: apostle, disciple, follower, Father, Sister, Brother, teacher. All, regardless of their outward presence, witness to their inner faithfulness, to their commitment to spreading God's Good News. They have dared to touch the hem of the garment of the Master Teacher and follow Him on a journey on the road less traveled. God called them; He qualified them, to do His work. And they, and their families, regardless of the sacrifices, have said "yes." They weather the winds of change and the ridicule of a secular world. They hold fast to the mission. They are "heirs to the world through the righteousness of faith ... who against hope, believed in hope" (Romans 4:13, 18). It is the Catholic school teacher who creates the environment, not only for instruction in the right information, but als...
Benedict XVI: Address to Bishops of the United States [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Benedict XVI: Address to Bishops of the United States (Ad Limina Visit: May 2012) The essential task of authentic education at every level is not simply that of passing on knowledge, essential as this is, but also of shaping hearts. There is a constant need to balance intellectual rigor in communicating effectively, attractively and integrally, the richness of the Church's faith with forming the young in the love of God, the praxis of the Christian moral and sacramental life and, not least, the cultivation of personal and liturgical prayer. It follows that the question of Catholic identity, not least at the university level, entails much more than the teaching of religion or the mere presence of a chaplaincy on campus. All too often, it seems, Catholic schools and colleges have failed to challenge students to reappropriate their faith as part of the exciting intellectual discoveries which mark the experience of higher education. The fact that so many new students find themselves dis...
Finding a Home in the Church [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Finding a Home in the Church Amelia Blanton When I was 12 years old, my mother and I had a conversation about where we felt the most comfortable. I looked at my mother and in the most matter-of-fact way told her that I felt the most comfortable in church, an odd assertion for a child of that age. As I reflect on this moment 10 years later, I am drawn to my memories of St. Elizabeth's Catholic University Parish, located in Lubbock, Texas, my home parish for all of my childhood and young adult faith formation. St. Elizabeth's helped plant deep roots in my faith by integrating me into the parish community. My parish priest and many other adults knew my name and encouraged me to be involved at a young age. One such involvement was altar serving, where I developed lifelong friendships with not only my fellow servers, but also the adults who directed us. As I served and stood closer to the altar than anyone else in the congregation, I felt an intense connection with my parish and with God...
Untitled [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
SEPTEMBER THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 LECTURE Women and Interreligious Dialogue PRESENTER: Rosemary Radford Ruether, Carpenter Emerita Professor of Feminist Theology, Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union LOCATION/TIME: Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, 5:00 p.m. SPONSORS: BC Theology Department, STM, and C2l Center TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 INTERVIEW Handing on the Faith in the 21st Century PRESENTERS: Thomas Groome, professor, STM interviewed by Fr. Robert P. Reed, president, CatholicTV LOCATION/TIME: Gasson Hall, Room 100, 5:30 p.m. SPONSORS: C2l Center and CatholicTV OCTOBER MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012 EPISCOPAL VISITOR LECTURE An Archbishop's Perspective on Handing on the Faith PRESENTER: Most Rev. Harry J. Flynn, D.D., Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis LOCATION/TIME: Gasson Hall, Room 100, 4:30 p.m. SPONSORS: C2l Center and STM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012 FILM A DISCUSSION Women Religious Handing on the Faith in America Viewing of ...
1863 150 2013 BOSTON COLLEGE [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
1863 150 2013 BOSTON COLLEGE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 INAUGURAL EVENT Liturgy at Fenway Park , 4; 00 p.m. Receptions at park to follow COSPONSOR: Boston College High School RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 16, 2012 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2012 Academic Symposium I: Public Education (K-12) and the Future of Democracy WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER TO, 2012 Scholarship and the Academy Sesquicentennial Speaker Series and Awarding of Sesquicentennial Medal SPEAKER/M EDALIST: Drew Faust, president, Harvard University THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8-9, 2012 Academic Symposium II: Religion and the Liberal Aims of Higher Education For more information or to register for events, please visit: bc.edu/150
CONTRIBUTING PUBLICATIONS [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
CONTRIBUTING PUBLICATIONS INFORMATION FOR EVENTS: www.bc.edu/c2l 617-552-0470 4 U Worship Team is a Christian ministry team that grew out of a music ministry that brought original and contemporary Christian music to the Catholic Church in Hopedale and Milford, Massachusetts. In its past 10 years of service to the Catholic Church, the group has grown to be a global mission team and missionary work bringing music, worship, and service to many Christian faith-based communities. Catholic Digest connects with readers through personal stories of triumphs and struggles, joys and challenges, and also the lighter side of Catholic living. We are a source of support and encouragement for those who love their faith, those who struggle with their faith, and those who long to learn more about the richness of Catholic tradition. Twenty-Third Publication's was founded in 1967, after the conclusion of Vatican Council 11, and was acquired by Bayard, Inc. in 2001, yet its goals remain the same and its...
Raised on Faith, but... [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Raised on Faith, but... Valerie Schultz What of parents who strive mightily to share their faith with their children but seem to "fail" nonetheless? This brings us face to face with the mystery of faith and of God's ways. It also reminds us, as Jesus did, that "in my Father's house there are many dwelling places" (John 14: 2). Many will take another path home to God; yet, the values they learned in their Catholic family will stand them in good stead along the way. Catholic parents may well imagine that raising the child Jesus was a picnic compared to parenting today's children. How hard can it be to turn an infant who is fully divine into a decent adult? Yet Jesus was also fully human and so, one can assume, a challenge and a riddle to his mother and foster father. Like modern mothers and fathers, Jesus' parents were given the task of modeling compassion and wisdom—the prerequisites of social justice—as they brought their child up in their Jewish faith. As Catholics raising our chil...