Before a parish can effectively reach out to a lapsed Catholic, parish leaders must be willing to listen attentively to why he or she left the flock, even if the break was precipitated by something that occurred in their own backyard, said educators charged with brainstorming ways to help non-observant Catholics heal and return to practice of the faith.
A familiar concept was reinforced in spades at Loyola University’s three-day Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership: For Catholic educators to be the most effective evangelizers they can be, they must first be rooted in prayer themselves and be forever seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance as they minister to the young people in their care.
Fathers of all types – biological, role models, father figures, coaches – were recognized for making a difference in the lives of children
There are endless ways young adults make a difference in a local community. Douglas Alexander decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to help improve high school physics labs.
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