Leadership Institute Webinars - Catechist as Evangelizer

Category: Catechist as Evangelizer

A series of webinars focused on “Catechist as Evangelizer”. Click on the "Webinar" link to view each webinar video. For more webinars on other topics, click on a category link in the right column.

Overview of the Theological Foundations of the New Evangelization

The concept "evangelization" is as ancient as the Church herself. However it is a concept not familiar to many Catholics, or it is associated with Protestant denominations. Considering the pluralistic challenges to theology and the syncretistic attitude that may be present even among those involved in ministry, evangelization is often reduced to a social call to action or a weakened pastoral activity seen as one among many. Father Wehner's presentation will identify the theological foundations of evangelization that provide the basis for Pope John Paul II's and Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic mandate -- the Church is called to embrace the "new evangelization" as the mission of the Church.

Webinar | Discussion Questions | © 2012 Very Reverend James A. Wehner, STD. Used with permission


wehner-james-frVery Reverend James A. Wehner, S.T.D

Father Wehner is currently rector-president, Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. After completing seminary studies at the North American College, Father Wehner was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1995. He served as personal secretary to Bishop Donald Wuerl for two years then was assigned to graduate studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University where he earned the doctorate in sacred theology, summa cum laude, specializing in ecclesiology and writing on the new evangelization. He served as Rector of St. Paul Seminary, Pittsburgh, for six years, Director of Evangelization, Director of Clergy Formation, Director of the Permanent Diaconate, and Vocation Director. He was appointed Pastor of Saint Thomas More Parish in 2008. In 2009 the Holy See's Congregation for Catholic Education appointed Father Wehner the 15th Rector/President of the Pontifical College Josephinum. Father Wehner held that post until the summer of 2012, when he was appointed rector-president of Notre Dame Seminary. Father Wehner recently published The Evangelization Equation by Emmaus Publishing.

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Personal Prayer in the Catholic Tradition

This one-hour presentation will explore, first of all, the fundamental meaning of personal prayer as a "space" in which we turn to God first of all to receive what God wants passionately to offer us: the divine life and love. Deeper than any particular requests we may bring to God, authentic prayer yearns for deeper communion with God the Father through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Next, Lectio Divina will provide a rich framework within which to consider the different kinds of personal prayer. Finally, suggestions will be offered about how to grow as a person who lives according to the invitation to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thes 5:17).

Webinar | Q & A | © 2011 Rev. Brian McDermott. Used with permission


Leadership Institute - Fr Brian McDermottRev. Brian McDermott, S.J.

Fr. Brian McDermott, S.J. is a Catholic priest and a member of the Jesuits, the Society of Jesus. He is currently the Rector (religious superior) of the Jesuit Community of Loyola University Maryland, and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Departments of Theology and Pastoral Counseling. He received his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 1973. From 1973 to 2000, he was a member of the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, one of the two national Jesuit theological centers sponsored by the Society of Jesus for the training of Jesuits, other religious and lay persons for ministry in the Church. While at WJST, he taught systematic theology, Ignatian spirituality, and authority and leadership. For eight years (1991-1999) he was academic dean at the school. Fr. McDermott is the author of two books, What Are They Saying About the Grace of Christ? (Paulist Press) and Word Become Flesh: Dimensions of Christology (Liturgical Press) and numerous articles and book reviews. He has produced two audio CD series for Now You Know Media, Inc: "Who Is Jesus?: An Introduction to Christology" and "The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola." A third series on the dynamics of God's grace is in production. He has been a spiritual director, helping people with their prayer lives, for thirty-seven years. Since 1996 he has been the director of tertians for the Maryland and New York provinces of the Society of Jesus. In that capacity he has accompanied fellow Jesuits as they made, for the second time, the full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, prior to being fully incorporated into the Society of Jesus.

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Sacramental Life

St. Augustine defined sacrament "as a visible sign of an invisible grace." The Church, itself a sacrament, not only celebrates liturgical sacraments but it views the world from the perspective of sacramentality which calls us to live a life of justice and charity

Webinar | Q & A | © 2011 Sister Kate Dooley, OP. Used with permission


Leadership Institute - Sr Kate DooleySister Kate Dooley, OP

Sister Kate Dooley, OP is a Sinsinawa (WI) Dominican Sister who is currently teaching theology at Dominican University in River Forest, Il. She holds an MA from The Catholic University of America, a MTh from Harvard Divinity School, and a MA and PhD from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. Dr. Dooley has published widely in catechetical and liturgical journals, and written a number of texts and resource materials for religious education.

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Life in Christ: Renewal of Moral Theology

The moral life is fundamentally the human person's response moved by attraction to beatitude as revealed in Christ. This presentation considers the renewal of moral theology as called for by the Second Vatican Council. The believer is sustained through the grace of Jesus Christ to live the life of virtue in such a way that the Beatitudes are the lived expression of faith. Attention is given to the manner in which the Holy Spirit prepares the believer to undergo the struggle and temptation which confronts the Christian in his or her attempt to follow the summons of Christ.

Webinar | Q & A | © 2011 Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield. Used with permission


Leadership Institute - Fr Brian BransfieldMonsignor. J. Brian Bransfield

He is the Associate General Secretary of the Office of the General Secretary of the USCCB. At the time of recording this session entitled "Life in Christ: Renewal of Moral Theology", he served as Assistant General Secretary of the Office of the General Secretary and Executive Director of the Secretary of Evangelization and Catechesis. He earned the doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. He is the author of The Human Person: According to John Paul II and Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ available from Pauline Books.

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