Welcome Pope Francis!

Welcome Pope Francis!
We are excited about Pope Francis’ visit to the United States in a few days. We feel it is a great opportunity to come together as a Church and share in the Pope’s message of faith, hope and mercy. The …

Advent Retreat with Fr. Paul Philibert O.P.

Advent Retreat with Fr. Paul Philibert O.P.
This past December, St. George Parish held its annual Advent Retreat for the laity in Southeastern Utah.  This retreat is part of the adult faith formation program designed by the parish and the Congar Institute.  “Disciples Welcoming Their Master: Advent …

News from the Board of Directors

News from the Board of Directors
The Congar Institute Board elected fr. Jorge Presmanes, OP as its new President following Paul Philibert’s completion of two terms as first President of the Board. fr. Jorge is Director of the Institute for Hispanic/Latino/a Theology and Ministry and …

Implementing the Vision of Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord

Implementing the Vision of Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord
Recently, I attended my first meeting as a Consultant to the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service. It was enlightening and encouraging to find the bishops of the Subcommittee dedicated to moving forward the vision of the …

Forming Ambassadors of Christ’s Reconciliation

Forming Ambassadors of Christ's Reconciliation
Franciscan Spirituality Center in Tampa, FL for its annual meeting in February. Focusing on the theme, “A New Creation: Ministry as Reconciliation,” the members reflected on reconciliation on the global, ecclesial, and institutional levels. They also gained insights on …

Two Good Books

Two Good Books
Two excellent books for those in ministry are Introducing the Practice of Ministry by Kathleen Cahalan, which provides a contemporary interdisciplinary introduction to pastoral theology, and A Concise Guide to Adult Faith Formation by Neil Parent, a practical look at …