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The Jesuit Post: #Faith #God #Frontiers #Culture #Mystery #Love
Edited by Patrick Gilger, S.J.
The Jesuit Post (Orbis, 2014) is a collection of essays from young Jesuit priests, brothers, and seminarians. These Jesuits explore issues of faith, culture, and lives of Christian discipleship with topics ranging from Quentin Tarantino to mental health in America. Keeping in mind the adage of St. Ignatius of Loyola—the founder of the Society of Jesus—they truly show that God can be found in all things.
New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity
By Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN., Patricia Wittberg, S.C., and Mary L. Gautier
New Generations of Catholic Sisters (Oxford, 2014) is an in depth analysis of women religious from past and present and a prediction of their future. Using data from national surveys, the authors explore the demographics of each generation of sisters and answer questions such as what attracted each group to religious life, what type of religious institutions they were looking for, and how they differ from each other.
Anointed Moments: Everyday Miracles While Transforming Two Schools, Thousands of People and a Dog Named Blue
By Dan Horn
Throughout his time as the principal of two Catholic schools in Los Angeles, Dan Horn has transformed the schools from struggling and economically distressed into nationally recognized education centers. Anointed Moments (Self-published, 2014) is his memoir that records great things that can be done by including everyone, using a little bit of creativity, and having a lot of faith in yourself and others.
Making Sense of Saints: Fascinating Facts About Relics, Patrons, Canonization, and More
By Patricia Ann Kasten
Ever wonder how the canonization process for saints goes? Or what the saints’ symbols mean? Making Sense of Saints (Our Sunday Visitor, 2014) answers both of these questions and more. In this handy and informative book, Patricia Kasten shares fun facts about the saints and discusses why saints matter still today.
Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers
By Edward P. Hahnenberg
Edward Hahnenberg, a past consultant to the U.S. Bishops’ Subcommittee on Lay Ministry, shares his personal experiences to teach ministry students, lay leaders, and others in Theology for Ministry (Liturgical Press, 2014). Hahnenberg shows how our ancient church traditions can add to the main parts of theology that are important for lay ministers: vocations, the doctrine of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, church, and ministry.
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