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Forming Intentional Disciples: Path to Know and Follow Jesus


How can we transmit a living, personal Catholic faith to future generations? By coming to know Jesus Christ, and following him as his disciples.
There are immense challenges facing the Church today.
Follow author Sherry Weddell through the steps that will help Catholics make the conscious choice to follow Jesus as his disciples, transforming parish life and ultimately the life of the whole Church.

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December 2009
A Call Within a Call PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Fones   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 14:37
by Fr. Michael Fones, O.P., co-director, Catherine of Siena Institute

In the early 1980’s, Fr. Joseph O’Brien, OP, seemed to be settling into a long ministerial career.  He was vice-principal at Mater Dei High School in Orange County, CA, and was engaging his substantial musical gifts (he’s an Irish tenor) teaching in the school’s excellent music program.  He figured he would be engaged in music and high school teaching for the rest of his ordained life, but something disturbing began to happen.

Catholics are "Dead," Protestants are "Stupid" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 14:36
by Sherry Weddell, co-director, Catherine of Siena Institute

First Things is hosting a terrific article by Gerardine Luongo, (link: a Catholic - the sole Catholic - working in an evangelical missionary organization, CURE, in Africa. Luongo has written an all too familiar description of the historic, hard-wired assumptions that Catholics and Evangelicals have about each other’s spiritual state. Assumptions that I long ago summed up for myself (painting with the broadest possible brush) as "Catholics are dead. Protestants are stupid."
Christmas Giving in Hard Times PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Fones   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 14:34

By Fr. Michael Fones, O.P., co-director, Catherine of Siena Institute

I’m a friar with little in the way of disposable income, so when the Christmas advertisements begin to appear in the media touting the next, big thing, I’m reminded that I can’t afford to buy it for my loved ones.  Or maybe, if I could buy it, it would be the only gift I could give that year.  With the economy still recovering slowly, I imagine there are more folks sharing my predicament than is normally the case. In this season when we celebrate God’s gift of His own Son to us, how do we imitate Him when our wallets are thin?