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Leadership Institute Webinars - Family


Category: Family

A series of webinars focused on “Family”. 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.

Prayer in Communion with Mary

Continue delving into the prayer course on the fourth pillar of the Catechism by joining Sr. Jean Frisk as she discusses Prayer in Communion with Mary. How did it come about that the early Church drew Mary so deeply into its prayer life? Where did the text of the Hail Mary come from? Sr. Jean answer these and many other important questions on Marian prayer in this presentation.

Part 1: The Historical Development of Prayer to Mary and the Saints
Part 2: The Hail Mary Prayer - Scripture and Devotion
Part 3: The Angelus, Rosary, and Examples of Apparitions of Mary with the Rosary

Discussion Questions

Resources for Children: Pre- and Post Tests | Introducing Children to the Holy Family and the Hail Mary

Videos: The Annunciation  |  The Visitation

Additional Resources: Litany to Mary, Mother of Life | The Angelus Prayer with Personal Reflections

Marian Apparitions: Catholic News Service | Rules for Apparitions | Green Bay Apparition

| Webinar © 2016 Sr. Jean Frisk


Sister Jean FriskM. Jean Frisk is a member of the Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. She has rich teaching experience on all levels and has worked with a variety of catechetical programs, including family formation.  She spent twelve years in Germany with a focus on Marian devotion and pilgrimage. During that time she provided catechetical training, pilgrimages, and retreats for NATO military personnel and their families. Upon return to the US, she obtained a Masters (MA) and a Licentiate (STL) in Mariology from the International Marian Research Institute (where she now resides and works) in Dayton, Ohio. For her Licentiate she studied nearly 2000 textbooks to research: What Did We Teach about Mary?. She has authored award-winning devotional works and is a catechetical consultant for Marian content in William H. Sadlier, Inc. textbooks.

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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

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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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