How are you and your parish preparing for to mark the upcoming Synod on the New Evangelization in Rome and to celebrate the Year of Faith, which runs from October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013? Here are some exciting possibilities:
1) Give a copy of the book to someone else. To start the conversation, we are offering $2 off the retail price for each copy of Forming Intentional Disciples that you purchase to give to someone else or for a book or study group. If you appreciate the work of CSI, please buy the book from us. You'll be making a small donation to us as well as getting the fruit of eight year's work in parish-based evangelization by a whole network of pastoral evangelizers and collaborators who are really making it happen on the ground. Give copies of Forming Intentional Disciples to your friends, family, bishop, pastor, parish staff, RCIA team, or fellow parishioners.
2) Consider organizing a “Year of Faith” or “New Evangelization” reading and discussion group in your parish. Start the conversation by reading Forming Intentional Disciples.
3) Bring me and our other fabulous Making Disciples teachers out to speak to your parish or diocese during the Year of Faith about what we have learned about making disciples at the parish level. I have already received a number of book related invitations, but I still have some space in my fall, 2012 or 2013 calendar for your group. If you are interested, contact Austin Eli at
4) The power, love, provision of God that flows through the charisms is absolutely essential to the mission of evangelization. Sponsor a live C & G in your parish to celebrate the Year of Faith or using our small group process to enable you and a group of friends or parishioners to begin your discernment. Discerning and exercising our charisms is a great way to play your part in the New Evangelization.
Thanks Tom for getting the word out! As Tom put it:
"A fully formed Catholic is not just a Catholic who follows the precepts of the Church, can hold his own in doctrinal disputes, prays the Rosary, and is faithful to the Magisterium. A fully formed Catholic is a disciple of Jesus Christ."
(Sherry: Yes, yes, yes!)
"1. Read this book.
2. Have your pastor read this book.
This is an important book, if only because it's perhaps the only such book on a hugely important subject."
I second Tom's recommendation.
But he also touches upon the great and abiding mystery. Why have we failed so conspicuously to evangelize the sacramentalized, to make disciples of the baptized? And why is it so difficult for us to talk about it? We met with bewilderment, incomprehension, passive hostility, open resistance, and tears from pastors and pastoral leaders in nearly every Making Disciples seminar we put on over the past 8 years. My stomach used to churn at the prospect of another MD because I knew it was going to be so difficult at an emotional and spiritual level. And now suddenly, praised be Jesus Christ, we are desperate enough, open enough to look at our real situation. Suddenly, people can hear what we've been saying over and over for years.
I found out a few hours ago that the first printing is almost gone after the one month and the order has been given for a second printing. I'm under no illustions. It isn't about my golden prose. it is about a incredible vacuum in the lived life of the Catholic community that we are just beginning to be able to acknowledge because our institutions are in danger and we finally KNOW they are in danger.
It's always easy to be the best opera singer in Tulsa when you're the only opera singer in Tulsa.
It runs 31 minutes and it is mostly me babbling about intentional discipleship and its implications for parish life, but Jonathan did ask about my conversion and the beginning of the Institute as well.
Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path of Knowing and Following Jesus was published July 5. The response has been intense and the reviews five star. Dioceses and parishes have ordered 50 and 100 copies at a time. 1,500 paperback copies were sold in the first three weeks and no one knows how many Kindle versions have been purchased!
What's truly bizarre is that Amazon is currently selling FID for S16.63, which is 68 cents above the OSV-set retail price. And they tell you that shipping will take 1 - 3 weeks!
Even better, for the month of August, we are going to re-institute our $2 off per copy price of 13.95 for all copies purchased to give to someone else or for a group to read together and discuss.
It is time to really talk about one of the most fundamental issues of our time - our failure to make Intentional Disciples - and how we can take steps today to change this dynamic in our parishes and dioceses.
Here's what would surprise many conservative Catholics. Her spiritual interest has been roused primarily by her Jesuit high school. I've heard wonderful things about the Kairos retreats over the years and am so glad, that for Missy, Catholic high school is having the impact that it was created to have.
"Franklin is not a Catholic, but she said life as a student at a Jesuit-run high school has her considering joining the church.
“My experiences at Regis Jesuit have absolutely impacted my spiritual life, in so many ways. I am considering converting to Catholicism; I’m currently Protestant,” she said.
“Going into Regis Jesuit, my faith was not a very big aspect of my life. Taking my first theology classes, going to my first Masses, going on my first retreats, I began to realize how important God is in my life and how much I love him and need him,” she continued.
Franklin said her relationship with God grew so much in her first three years at the school. “I am very happy with where I am with him right now, although there is a lot of more work to do,” she added.
Her junior year really affected her. “I have had two of the best experiences of my life,” she said, referring to the annual Kairos retreat for juniors she attended and her participation in a two-week service project.
“Both of these changed my life,” Franklin said. “I am so thankful for Regis Jesuit, for they have brought God and so much meaning into my life.”
I attempted to get to my nearest Chick Fil-A. Major fail. Even at 10:30 am, you couldn't get into the parking lot, much less the door. Lots of people were parking across the road and walking in but I realized that it wasn't a good use of my time today. I'll try to drop by tomorrow.
So share your experience: Have you gone to Chick Fil-A today? Are you going? Where are you located?
Why are you going? (People are going to do so for varying reasons - marriage, religious freedom, freedom of speech, the Constitution, I was hungry, etc.)
How crowded was it? What was the atmosphere like?
We'd love to hear your experience.
Here's a video of the line outside a Massachusett's Chick Fil A today.
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