Catholic Women Preach offers the theologically informed perspectives of Catholic women on the Sunday readings readings and on some feast days. Visitwww.catholicwomenpreach.org to view preaching videos, to read preaching texts, and to learn more about the preachers.
Preaching for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Emily R. John offers a reflection on living out of our connectedness with God -- especially during tumultuous times:
"That still point, that everyone has within, helps us see that every moment of our lives is reverent. Resting in the love of God not only changes us but also invites us to take on the injustices and systematic oppression in the world. It gives us the spirit and courage to Show Up."
Emily John currently lives in Milwaukee, WI. Throughout her career, she has striven to use her talents best to serve the poor. And currently works with the Cardinal Felix Foundation raising funds for the poor on the Caribbean islands of St. Lucia and Dominica. She received her MA and PhD from St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto.
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Casey Stanton preaches for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on acknowleding and channeling our anger and grief:
"Come turn that hot anger into fuel that sustains your love of creation and the people of God entrusted to your care. Come and be changed, be renewed, be fed -- by the same one who promises that no creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, but that in him we conquer overwhelmingly."
Casey Stanton, M.Div., is the Minister of Social Action and Discipleship at Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham, North Carolina. She holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School where she graduated with a certificate in prison studies. Casey spent a decade working in the field of faith-based and labor organizing where she witnessed the power of collective action to bend decision makers towards justice.
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Preaching for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Anne Koester offers a reflection on finding and sparking joy:
"We should find joy simply in sharing the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ and in building up the reign of God by loving others – as in everyone – not a select few, not just the ones we like or could benefit us, not just the ones whom we think are like us – but loving everyone. The people who make us uncomfortable, those whom we don’t personally know, those who are very different from ourselves, those who need our listening hearts and who likely will not give us some advantage. But here we will find deep and ever-lasting joy."
Anne Koester is with Georgetown University, Washington, DC, where she has been an adjunct instructor with the Theology Department since 2003. She also oversees the RCIA process and is co-facilitator of the “Women Who Stayed” initiative at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in DC. A former trial lawyer, Anne studied theology, with a concentration in liturgy, at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. She has worked at the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy and the Georgetown Center for Liturgy. From 2004-2007, Anne served on the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Women in the Church and Society. She is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and its Christian Initiation Seminar group.
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Preaching for the Feast Day of Saint Mary of Magdala, Nontando Hadebe offers a reflection on claiming the apostolic tradition of Mary Magdalene:
"As we celebrate Mary Magdalene, we rise up as women and we say we have a tradition that can be traced to a direct commandment from Jesus to speak. And we shall speak: we shall speak with authority; we shall speak with intelligence; we shall speak for ourselves..."
Dr. Nontando Hadebe is a lay woman theologian and senior lecturer at St. Augustine College in South Africa, specializing in African Theology, Pastoral & Contextual Theology, Feminist & Womanist Theology, Liberation Theology and Pastoral Psychology.
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Preaching for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Ruth Fehlker offers a reflection on growth and progress even in times of injustice, pain, and uncertainty:
"And so I cling to this unlikely hope: the hope that many small people in many small places who take many small steps will eventually change the face of the earth."
Ruth Fehlker holds a master’s degree in Catholic theology from the University of Münster as well as certificates in pastoral psychology and pastoral theology after training with the Diocese of Münster for four years. She works as a pastoral worker (Pastoralreferentin) in the parish of St. Lamberti in Coesfeld (www.lamberti-coe.de). She is a member of the womens’ council to the bishop in the Diocese of Münster.
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Molleen Dupree-Dominguez preaches on the familiar parable of the Sower and the Seed, offering a reflection on the seeds of racial justice being sown today:
"The weeds and thorns of racial superiority have set excruciatingly deep roots in the institutions of the United States of America as well as in the hearts of Americans. Any skilled gardener will tell you, uprooting entrenched weeds takes persistence and focus. God assures us through the mouth of Isaiah: My work is not wasted. I send out my word, says God, and it will not return to me until it has accomplished its word. God’s Word - these seeds thirsting for justice - will find fertile soil. God is our ultimate model of the skilled gardener - persistent and focused. Let her be our guide."
Molleen Dupree-Dominguez is a teacher, writer, and minister living in the beautiful Bay Area of northern California. She earned a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in 2003, along with a Certificate in Spiritual Direction in 2004.
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Preaching for the Fourteeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Christine Elisabeth Burke, IBVM offers a reflection on Wisdom-Sophia's message of hope during time of struggle and invitation to live in a new way:
"Can we have the humility to come as little ones', asking Wisdom to help us to understand, to change, to live in a new way? Can we let go of some good things to a allow a greater good to emerge?"
Christine Burke IBVM (Loreto) lives in Quezon City, Philippines. She was engaged for many years in various aspects of adult faith education in the archdiocese of Adelaide, Australia. She is currently giving a seminar course at Maryhill School of Theology on Feminist Theology and Spirituality and supervises some post-graduate students. She has published “Freedom Justice and Sincerity: reflections on the life and spirituality of Mary Ward” and “The gift of Mary Ward”, as well as an earlier volume “Through a woman’s Eyes” which presented meditations and feminist insights into Gospel stories.
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Preaching for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, timone davis offers a reflection on living and loving a "Life According to Jesus":
"See, to truly love God is to love self. The love for self manifests itself in how we treat others. My love for Gaud causes me, calls me, to see my goodness and worthiness... and I can't help but share that with others -- evangelization"
After working for the Archdiocese of Chicago as the coordinator of ReCiL – Reclaiming Christ in Life Young Adult Ministry, timone davis* launched PEACE centered WHOLENESS with her husband, Orlando, where they are blending clinical counseling and spiritual companioning. In addition to running a business, timone is an assistant professor in the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago. In her spare time, she serves as the treasurer of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. *dr. timone davis uses lower case letters in the spelling of her name to indicate her willingness to embody the creedal assertion in John 3:30 in her everyday living.
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Preaching for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Joan S. Grey offers a reflection on overcoming fear:
"How do we overcome fear? It’s more complicated than someone saying: don’t be afraid. Taming this emotion requires more than a command or suggestion, even from a trusted source."
From being first-generation American to being in the first class with women at West Point and a 2019 Harvard graduate, Joan Grey hopes her "Didn't See That Coming" experiences may ease the journey for others.
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Preaching for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Susan Haarman offers a reflection on being a Eucharistic people:
"Eucharist isn't a spectator sport. We participate in the body of Christ when we break the bread. We participate in the blood of Christ when we drink from the cup. Living into a Eucharistic reality means participating in it. It means saying yes to that relationship again and again and again. It means trying to model the Eucharistic relationship that God offers us to everyone around us..."
Susan Haarman is the associate director at Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Experiential Learning, facilitating faculty development and the service-learning program. She has degrees from Marquette University, Loyola University of Chicago, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and previously served as the faith and justice campus minister, also at Loyola University Chicago.
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Preaching for the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, Sharon Chipman offers a reflection on our invitation to join the Trinity in the dance of life even in a time of pandemic:
"We are being saved, and we are being called to save others in every possible way we can. Keep dancing my sisters and brothers. Follow the hesed steps of the Creator and Redeemer, and may the music, the rhythm, the kiss and the love of the Holy Spirit Be with you!"
Sharon Chipman is a retired Lay Ecclesial minister who has served in Campus Ministry and Parish ministry for over 40 years. She earned her Masters of Divinity degree from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA, and her MA in Theology from The Graduate Theological Union, also in Berkeley. Sharon has done much preaching over the years in retreat and liturgical settings. She has worked in a variety of ministry settings and with every age group from kindergarteners to seniors.
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Preaching for Pentecost, Dr. C. Vanessa White offers a reflection on listening to the Holy Spirit during a time of Pentecost, while weaving African American Spirituals throughout:
"Like those first disciples in the Upper Room, may we be open to the coming of the Holy Spirit during this time of pandemic to use us and transform us for the good of all."
Dr. C. Vanessa White is Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ministry as well as the Director of the Certificates in Pastoral Studies and Black Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union. She received her Doctor of Ministry and Master of Theological Studies degrees from Catholic Theological Union, with additional post-graduate work at Xavier University of Louisiana and Loyola University Chicago.
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Preaching for the Solemnity of the Ascension, Cathe Shoulberg, RSM offers a reflection on what the readings for the Ascension might offer to our uncertain and frightening times:
"This feast speaks so directly to each one of us amid these uncertain and frightening times - WE are called like the Apostles, WE are being sent, to open our hearts to Jesus; to stand, serve and be with the poor among us; to welcome the marginalized, to help the sick, to forgive one another – simply put, to LOVE as Jesus; to make our World a dwelling as envisioned by Jesus – united with one another, in love. Most importantly, Jesus lets us know, in no uncertain words, that he will send the Holy Spirit to us. Jesus, promises not to leave us orphans for he will be with us, all day, every day until the end of time! "
Cathe Shoulberg, RSM, is a Sister of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Community. Born and raised in East Norriton, PA, Sister Cathe, she received a BS in Education from Gwynedd Mercy University and a Master’s in Education from Arcadia University. For fifteen years, Sister Cathe taught First Grade in various parish schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Camden. She was the principal of St. Elizabeth School in the diocese of Allentown for five years and in June, 2018 completed a thirty year tenure as Principal at St. Helena School, Blue Bell.
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Preaching for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mary Ann Hinsdale offers a reflection on hope, particularly at a time of pandemic:
"...these precarious situations caused by the Coronavirus pandemic: joblessness, food insecurity, our elders and veterans dying alone in nursing homes and hospitals, exhausted parents trying to balance working at home and overseeing their children’s education, seeing the future plans we have made or the provisions for our retirement collapse and disappear. All of these are stressors and have a bearing on whether we are able to 'give an accounting for our hope.' At best, we may feel resigned; at worst, we simply feel paralyzed. And yet, for me, the reading from John’s Gospel for this Sixth Sunday of Easter offers us some 'good news,' – and a reason for our hope, even though we are living with painful situations."
Sr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Monroe, MI), is an Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College. She received her B.A. from Marygrove College (Detroit), her M.A. in religious education from the Catholic University of America, and her Ph.D in Systematic Theology from the University of St. Michael’s in Toronto. Her academic specializations are in theological anthropology, ecclesiology, and feminist and ecological theologies.
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Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Sr. Donna L. Ciangio, OP offers a reflection on making Christ present wherever we are:
"These two lines that I heard in the Gospel today -- 'Where I am you also may be' and 'Whoever believes in me will do the work that I do' -- [are] essential for us. We bring Christ wherever we are. We are given the work to carry on the mission of Christ in our time and in various ways."
Sr. Donna is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey and holds a doctorate from Drew University. She is the director of Church Leadership Consultation and works internationally and nationally in promoting parish vitality and pastoral direction, congregational and leadership development, faith formation, Small Christian Communities, consulting with parishes and dioceses, and in many other areas.
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Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Susan Nagele reflects on the familiar shepherd imagery of the readings through the lens of her experience in East Africa:
"The responsorial psalm is very comforting, 'The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.' But let’s be practical. Jesus left this earth many years ago and it takes more than words to keep people and the animals alive. We, ourselves, must be the body of Christ. I think Jesus is telling us that there is nothing we shall want and we will have abundant life if we take care of one another the way a good shepherd takes care of the sheep."
Susan Nagele is a Maryknoll Lay Missioner and Family Physician who began working in East Africa in 1985. Her service provided primary health care in Tanzania for six years, Sudan for 12 years (all during the second war in what is now called South Sudan) and Kenya for 14 years. She returned to the USA in 2018 and continues to work for Maryknoll Lay Missioners doing medical consultancy, mission education and promotion in the Midwest.
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Preaching for the Third Sunday of Easter, Mary J. Novak offers a reflection that illuminates restorative justice practices with the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus:
"Feeling guilty, infuriated, overwhelmed with grief: we all experience the spiritual desolation that can accompany these feelings in our world and Church today. What can we do besides turn away and run? We can walk alongside one another and listen deeply, restoratively. As we listen in circle, when we feel the healing love of Christ in our midst, slowly, the desolation can turn, widening our perspective. We may even experience spiritual consolation, a sense that our hearts are burning as we listen to each other. From this encounter, we might even begin to trust that a way forward will emerge as it did for the disciples on the road to Emmaus."
Mary J. Novak serves in Washington, D.C. as the Associate Director for Ignatian Formation at Georgetown University’s Law Center and School of Continuing Studies where she also serves as Catholic Chaplain and Adjunct Professor of Law. She is also chair of the Board of Directors of Catholic Mobilizing Network.
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Preaching for the Second Sunday in Easter, Joanna Williams offers a reflection on savoring God's abundance:
" ... the invitation is to a mentality of abundance and not scarcity. As we practice this discipline of cherishing it is not because we are ignorant of suffering, evil, and darkness."
Since 2015, Joanna Williams has been the Director of Education and Advocacy at the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), a binational Catholic and Jesuit ministry in Nogales, Arizona and Sonora that works to promote humane and just migration policy. In her role, she works to ensure that the migrants who arrive to KBI’s aid center are heard by US communities, including schools and parishes, and by policymakers.
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Preaching for Easter, Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, reflects on what resurrection means for community:
"But over the years, as the community has reflected, we have moved away from that individualistic conception of resurrection and the afterlife into one of personal transformation, of being able to move past our ego and our selfishness into a state of love and into a state of community."
Sister Helen Prejean is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty. She has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the Catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to all executions. A Sister of Saint Joseph since 1972, she is the author of "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States," "The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions," and "River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey."
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Preaching for Good Friday, Joan Dawber, SC, offers a reflection on loving like God:
"Good Friday is clearly about deep, faithful, steadfast, merciful love. Jesus shows us how to love, to love like God. Jesus' whole life, ministry, and death show us how to love. The question is, what do we do with so great a love?"
Joan Dawber, SC, incorporated LifeWay Network, Inc. in 2007 as a Not-for-Profit Corporation collaborating to combat human trafficking and has recently retired from her position as Executive Director. She is a member of the Sisters of Charity Halifax and lives in New York City.
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Preaching for Holy Thursday, Virginia Saldanha offers a reflection on responding to God's call to serve God's people:
"Jesus handed his disciples a challenging servanthood. It involves humility in service and sacrifice even to the extent of breaking one’s body and shedding one’s blood. Holy Thursday places before us the challenges involved in following Jesus’ model of service among the People of God."
Virginia Saldanha Virginia is a theologian based in Mumbai, India and has long represented laity, family and women's issues in organizations of Asian and Indian bishops. She is currently involved in advocating for women survivors of sex abuse in the Church in India, as well as advocating for recognition of the rights and dignity of LGBTI+ persons. She is also associated with various Church Reform groups.
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Preaching for Palm Sunday, Jessica Coblentz reflects on resurrrection means in the face of suffering and injustice today:
"Resurrection does not erase the pain of our shattered plans and life’s difficult unknowing. Resurrection does not undo what has been done...Christ’s resurrection reveals that a transformation of our suffering and uncertainty awaits us. And like Jesus’s first followers, it is a transformation far beyond what we can fathom—whether at our best or at our most undone."
Jessica Coblentz is a Catholic theologian. She is assistant professor of religious studies at Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN), where her teaching and research focuses on systematic theology and issues of mental health, feminism, and the relationship of the theology and the psychological sciences. She earned a PhD from Boston College, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA from Santa Clara University.
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Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Krista Chinchilla offers a reflection on accompanying each other out of our tombs:
"What do we need to do to untie ourselves? What is it that keeps us bound? Maybe it’s a fear of the unknown or maybe the thought of leaving our comfort zone; maybe something else entirely. Once we liberate ourselves, we can then ask ourselves how we will accompany and advocate for those who are tied up in suffering."
Krista Chinchilla serves as the Campus Minister for Catholic Social Concerns and Service at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and raised in Southern California, Krista earned an MA in Theology and Ministry from the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College and a BA in Theology and Psychology from Loyola Marymount University.
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Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Dr. Rachel Bundang offers a reflection on walking in the light:
"If we can bring light to others, shouldn’t we do that without delay? If we can bring life and help each other flourish and live in fullness, shouldn’t we do that without hesitation? We can be light for one another now. God is light for us now. Live now. Walk in the light"
Dr. Rachel Bundang is a Catholic feminist ethicist. Presently based in the Bay Area, she teaches on the Religious Studies faculty at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco and the Graduate Program for Pastoral Ministries faculty at Santa Clara University. She has written multiple articles and book chapters and additionally serves on the editorial team for the journal Theological Studies and is a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Religious Research Initiative (APARRI).
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Preaching for the Third Sunday of Lent, Jennifer Delvaux offers a reflection on pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones and into encounters:
"The story reminds us that we have to, as Jesus did, intentionally go out of ourselves. Go out of our parishes. Out of the comfort what is our normal – to find the ostracized and to talk with them. To ask them questions and to listen to their answers. To acknowledge and celebrate their joys. To acknowledge and grieve the tragedies in their lives. To invite them into our communities and to walk with them, so they recognize that they truly belong as God wills it."
Jennifer Delvaux is Senior Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, where she supports parishes in the efforts to develop a culture of evangelization and missionary disciples. She enjoys these opportunities to enter in to conversation with others about faith, social justice, science fiction, the experience of the feminine in the Church, and especially breaking open the scriptures.
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Preaching for the Second Sunday of Lent, Lauren M. Schwer offers a reflection on embracing and living our belovedness:
"May we seek to live our belovedness, relax with knowing we cannot control it, and seek to deepen a genuine relationship of response with the God that loved us into existence."
Lauren serves as the Associate Director of Campus Ministry at Loyola University Chicago. Lauren earned both her Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and her Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. While at Boston College, she was a four-year varsity volleyball player. Her passions include running, traveling, and gathering her loved ones in her home.
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Preaching for the First Sunday of Lent, Marcia Chatelain offers a reflection on joining Jesus in rejecting the empty promises of injustice:
"The temptations are all around us; the rhetoric is all around us. But if we imagine ourselves atop the great mountain, and we see ourselves as people able to reject the empty promises of the Devil, then we were able to reject the empty promises of a society that tells us that that there are only winners and that we don’t have to think about losers."
Marcia Chatelain is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015) and Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (Liveright Publishing Co./ W.W. Norton, January 2020). She is a current co-host of the Slate podcast, “The Waves,” which covers feminism, gender, and current events. At Georgetown, she has won several teaching awards and served on the University’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation.
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Preaching for Ash Wednesday, Karon VanAntwerp offers a reflection on accepting Lent's invitation to transformation:
"May this Lent be a time of recommitment for us, as we say 'Yes' again to our baptismal call to be priests – and leaders of faith; to be prophets – ones who listen to God’s Word and announce it in our communities, our families and our world; and to be kings – ones who willingly and lovingly pour out our lives in service to those who are in need."
Karon VanAntwerp Latham has worked in ministry for the Catholic Church for the past twenty years, serving as a campus minister, hospital and hospice chaplain, parish minister, retreat leader and currently as a high school theology teacher. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from the Franciscan School of Theology.
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Preaching for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Emily Cortina offers a reflection on seeking restorative justice:
"Jesus is calling us to a higher level of justice--one that goes deeper than reason, one that lights our hearts on fire with a love that allows us to look at an enemy and see instead a brother or sister."
Emily Cortina is Coordinator of Outreach and Formation with Kolbe House Jail Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In this role, Emily is responsible for parish outreach and education, ministry to families affected by incarceration, and formation of volunteers participating in faith-based accompaniment ministry in Cook County jail. She entered this ministry after being introduced to restorative justice through a practicum accompanying youth in juvenile detention with Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation and learning from her husband’s incarceration experience as a Mexican immigrant. She earned an MA in Intercultural Ministry from Catholic Theological Union and a BA in Economics and Journalism from Creighton University.
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Preaching for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Kate Ott offers a reflection on following Jesus in fulfilling the Law and the Prophets:
"We must remember: ethics – rules and commandments – are not lived in a philosophical abstraction. Jesus reminds us that following the law and the prophets is difficult work, in need of discernment, open to the Spirit, and guided by integrity."
Dr. Kate Ott is a feminist, Catholic scholar addressing the formation of moral communities with specializations in technology, youth and young adults, sexuality, pedagogy and professional ethics. Her newest book is Christian Ethics for a Digital Society. She is Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ and a Lecturer in Practical Theology at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT.
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Preaching for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sister Bibiana Ngundo offers a reflection on being the light of Christ in our darkened world:
"We are called to bring peace and healing to a world torn down by the ravages of war and hatred. As we hold Christ’s candle of love to his people we in turn become their light, their role model, and guide to the true Light, Christ the Lord."
Sister Bibiana Ngundo, LSOSF, is from Kenya and a member of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of St. Francis. By profession she is a teacher and currently, lecturer at the Catholic university of Eastern Africa (AMECEA). Besides teaching, Sr. Bibiana is involved in research both within and outside the campus. She also delights in composing and teaching liturgical music to choirs as an evangelization strategy.
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Preaching for the Feast of the Presentation, Kathy Lilla Cox offers a reflection on recognizing the unfolding fulfillment of God's promises, like the prophet Anna, in unexpected people and ways:
"Can we develop a willingness to see the infancy of God’s promises being incarnated into the world, a world awaiting and needing restoration, reconciliation, redemption, and peace? And then when God arrives, in persons young, vulnerable, and needing care, can we recognize that we are seeing God face to face, give thanks, and proclaim God’s presence in our midst to others awaiting redemption, even as we continue to hope for God’s promises to be fully realized?"
Kathy Lilla Cox is a Research Associate and Visiting Scholar at the University of San Diego. After earning her PhD in Theology from Fordham University, she taught undergraduates from 2007 to 2018 in central MN at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. During the same period, she taught graduate students at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary (Collegeville, MN).
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Preaching for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Helen R. Graham, MM, offers a reflection on light overcoming darkness:
"It is through our regular 'celebration, study . . . [and contemplation] of the word of God' that we are nourished and enlightened by constant retelling, reinterpretation and re-appropriation of the story of the God who continues to be our light, our salvation and our stronghold so that we need not fear the darkness."
Helen R. Graham, a member of the Congregation of the Maryknoll Sisters since 1956, arrived in the Philippines in September of 1967, and soon began teaching at Maryknoll College and at the Sister Formation Institute which was founded during Vatican II to provide a minimum of theological education for religious women. She continues to teach Sacred Scripture in the Philippines today, as well as to conduct evening Bible study groups, workshops and seminars in the Philippines and other parts of the world, which she has been doing since 1984.
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Preaching for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jean Santopatre offers a reflection on giving witness to the Holy Spirit's movement in our world:
"We are being called today, more than ever, to witness where the Holy Spirit is at work in others, as well as in ourselves."
Jeanmarie Santopatre is Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation for Family and Ignatian Young Adults and Social Justice Ministry at Saint Ignatius Parish in New York City. She holds a Master of Arts in Theology, Education, Leadership and Ministry from Yale Divinity School and has extensive education and experience in Ignatian Spirituality.
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Preaching for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Jane M. Cruthirds offers a reflection on embracing our own call -- even when that call seems daunting:
"At our baptism we are claimed by Christ and restored to the holiness which reflects God’s image. We are given the graces we need to follow Jesus and are anointed into service with Him. With faith we step forward each day to do important work that might very well be above our pay grade."
Jane Cruthirds is a mother and Theology teacher living in Louisville, KY. Her joy is raising her soon to be 10-year-old son, Duncan. Jane’s professional ministry focuses on providing religious education and service-learning opportunities to students at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, KY. She earned her Master’s in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University – New Orleans.
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Preaching for the Epiphany, Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF offers a reflection on being changed by our encounters with Christ in Scripture, the Sacraments, and in one another:
"We have a choice to remain the same or to open our hearts, to open our eyes to see the light of Christ in others, to walk with those who are searching, and, to purify our motives and intentions for the spirit is generous to guide and accompany us on our journey of life."
Sister Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, PhD is Associate Vice President of Programs Operations and Head of Catholic Sisters Initiative for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Wakahiu was previously the executive director of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC). She holds a Ph.D. in human development and higher education administration from Marywood University, a Master of Arts degree from Saint Bonaventure University, and a Bachelor of Education from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
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Preaching for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Sister Draru Mary Cecilia offers a reflection on modeling our lives after Mary and allowing God to bless others through us:
"Through the Blessed Virgin Mary, we have each individually, been blest beyond compare. We in turn are called to be a blessing to others. How?"
Sister Draru Mary Cecilia (Ph.D.), is of the Congregation Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu (LSMIG) in Uganda. She is the Executive Director of African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC). Sister Draru has great passion for education of women in Africa and holds two diplomas in education and another in educational planning and management. In her research, she highlights the resilience of women in Africa and how they constantly negotiate their socio-cultural contexts in order to build successful educational and professional careers.
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Preaching for the Feast of the Holy Family, Cambria Tortorelli offers a reflection on building community and standing in solidarity with the vulnerable -- especially refugees and asylum seekers:
"Building solidarity between communities that are very different, and yet have so much in common through our shared faith and humanity, is essential to making our hearts bigger and more understanding of one another’s struggles. After all, it is through healthy loving relationships that grace is unleashed in the world. "
Cambria Tortorelli has served as the Parish Life Director (pastoral leader) at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena, California, since 2008. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University in England, and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles.
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Preaching for Christmas, Diana L. Hayes, implores us to "Rejoice!":
"Beautiful are the feet and the entire body of that person who comes to us alight with the love of God, bringing us the good news, the Gospel message, a message never heard before in its fullness. For unto us this day is born in the city of David, a Savior, a child, who is the bearer of peace and all good things not to just a few but to all of humanity."
Diana L. Hayes is a Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University. Her areas of specialization are Womanist Theology, Black Theology, U.S. Liberation Theologies, Contextual Theologies, Religion and Public Life, and African American and Womanist Spirituality. Dr. Hayes is the first African American woman to receive the Pontifical Doctor of Sacred Theology degree (S.T.D.) from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and has also received three honorary doctorates.
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Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Liz McCloskey offers a reflection inviting us to trust that God is doing something new: "What are the signs in your own life that God is creating something new in you? and who is it that helps you see the signs? Fear not. Say prophets. Say angels. Says God."
Liz McCloskey is a parishioner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC where she is a spiritual director, co-facilitates a feminist bible study, and is on the team of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a nationwide ministry with formerly homelessness people in recovery from addiction. She is one of the founders of the 5 Theses initiative, a set of simple proposals articulated to prompt reform of the Catholic Church.
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Preaching for the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, Mary Jo Iozzio offers a reflection on realizing joy in this world through inclusion:
"Indeed, where anyone is absent or excluded from our assemblies, it is there that our joy will be incomplete: all are called to something different, that is, through the joy in the world as a whole that may only be realized when inclusion prevails."
Mary Jo Iozzio, Ph.D. is Professor of Moral Theology at Boston College School of Theology and ministry. She recently earned the License in Sacred Theology-STL with a focus on disability from Boston College (2019). She served as inaugural member on the American Academy of Religion, Committee on the Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession and now serves as co-chair of its Religion and Disability Studies Group.
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Preaching for the Second Sunday of Advent, Amy Woolam Echeverria offers a reflection on listening to prophets -- from all of creation -- today:
"In these days of Advent, let us prepare the way for the Incarnation by opening our hearts to the song of trees as prophets. Let us hear the tree-prophets of today in a way that creates understanding and space for the ache of God’s love and that the sap of life will once again flow through all Creation to bud, bloom, and bear good fruit for all."
Amy Woolam Echeverria serves as the International Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Coordinator for Columban Missionaries. In recent years, she has contributed to the founding of international networks and projects such as the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative (CNI, a project of Pax Christi International) and the Ecclesial Network for the PanAmazon (REPAM). She has served on several Boards and Steering Committees for national and international organizations and coalitions dedicated to peace, social and environmental justice.
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Jeannine Gramick, SL Preaches for the First Sunday of Advent, offering a reflection on where she finds hope -- particularly for the global LGBT community -- this advent:
"But isn’t Advent a season of hope? Do I find hope despite this kind of discrimination against LGBT people in Poland and other parts of the world? Yes, I really DO have hope. Many things give me hope for a future of peace, justice, and mercy, but I’ll mention only three..."
Jeannine Gramick is a Sister of Loretto, born and raised in Philadelphia, where she was educated in the Catholic school system, where she felt her call to religious life, and where, almost 50 years ago, she began a ministry to lesbian and gay people, which has transformed the Catholic Church in the United States and beyond. In 1977, along with Father Robert Nugent, she established New Ways Ministry, an international Catholic ministry of justice and reconciliation for the LGBT community and the Catholic Church.
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Preaching for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Julia Walsh, FSPA offers a reflection on what it takes to see and live in the Kingdom of God here and now:
"The criminal next to Christ shows us how the reign of God can be known and experienced if our gaze is totally on Christ, on the power of God--and not on one’s self. From a cross, the criminal gained a new perspective and was able to see the truth. He was free to be authentic, to see the big picture, to know the love of God. Following the criminal’s example, let us also see the kingdom of God around us and live like the saints we were made to be!"
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On the thirtieth anniversary of the martydom of six Jesuits, their cook, and her 15-year-old daughter in El Salvador, Katie Lacz preaches for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on unreasonable hope:
"The deaths of martyrs can feel like total loss. Like victories for the powers that be. A reminder of our insignificance in the face of the wars, insurrection, earthquakes, famine, and plagues that Jesus names in the Gospel today. But we are a people of unreasonable hope. Hope that in the final say, the evildoers will be stubble and God’s love will heal like the rays of the sun, as the prophet Malachi writes. Hope that, as the second reading reminds us, how we are in community matters and reflects who we are as Christians. Hope that beyond the violence and chaos in this world – even peeking through it, if you look hard enough – is the reign of God, the upside-down reign where the last are first, the lowly are lifted up, the hungry are fed, and all people are revealed in their fullness as beloved children of God."
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Preaching for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Elizabeth O'Donnell Gandolfo offers a reflection on resisting Empire in our own time and place:
"We debase our God-given dignity by giving in to the demands of Empire. And we are therefore faced with the task of ejecting and rejecting that pork, of undoing all that which binds us to the ways and means of Empire and severs us from covenant with the divine, with creation, and with our fellow human beings."
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Preaching for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Yvonne Prowse offers a reflection on living as God's beloved:
"As we grapple with climate change, as we look to the struggles throughout our world, as we hear of further violence in our schools and city streets, and carry many other concerns in society and in our personal lives, there is a great deal of anxiety and fear. And there are people, like Zacchaeus, and systems – social, political, cultural systems – that cause or perpetuate violence and suffering, and instill fear, anxiety, resentment, self-defensiveness, and more. And when we’re acting out of those fears, etc, we’re not living as the beloved of God. "
Yvonne Prowse, M.A. is a spiritual director at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She chairs/co-chairs their training programs in spiritual direction; teaches many aspects of spiritual direction and Ignatian spirituality; and supervises other spiritual directors.
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Preaching for All Saints Day, Jessie Bazan offers a reflection which illuminates the Beatitudes today:
"Holy people, past and present, bear witness to what WILL happen by living fully into what IS happening."
Jessie Bazan is a theologian and writer. She edited and co-authored the book, Dear Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church, released in September 2019 with Twenty-Third Publications. Jessie also serves as the program associate for the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research.
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Preaching for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Verónica Rayas offers a reflection on how God responds to the cries of the poor:
"Through our hands and feet, the steadfast mercy, love, and justice of God is experienced by those most in need today. Isn’t that amazing! God invites us to incarnate that love, mercy, and justice in the world."
Verónica Rayas, Ph.D., is the director of the Office of Religious Education in the Diocese of El Paso. She holds a Ph.D. from Fordham University in religious education.
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Preaching for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- World Mission Sunday -- Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF offers a reflection that brings World Mission Sunday; the witness of Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN; the Synod on the Pan Amazon Region; and today's readings into conversation:
"They invite us to do more than see and judge; they require us to act, to make connections and to put into practice what we say we believe..."
Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF, is Associate Professor of Missiology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and department chair of the Ecclesiastical Faculty.
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Preaching for the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Shawnee M. Daniels-Skykes offers a reflection on the sanctity of all bodies:
"For there is no difference between Jews and Samaritans, disabilities and abilities, men, women, and children, black, brown, and white bodies. Yes, we are all one in Christ Jesus."
Shawnee M. Daniels Sykes, PhD is currently a Professor of Theology and Ethics at Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A Registered Nurse by training, Dr. Daniels Sykes received her doctorate from Marquette University in Religious Studies with a specialization in Theological Ethics and a sub-specialization in Bioethics.
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Preaching for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Maryknoll Sister Sia Nyasari Temu offers a reflection on the power of faith:
"Jesus told his disciples if they had faith 'the size of a mustard seed' they could command a mulberry tree to be uprooted and moved to the sea. This is an image Jesus is using to illustrate the power of faith, no matter how small that faith is. He is aware that it is when we believe in something that we are able to realize it. Indeed, Jesus is not talking of a magic way of doing things, rather it is the role faith plays in realizing our vision, dreams, and desires."
Sister Sia Nyasari Temu entered the Maryknoll Sisters in 2003. In 2006, she was assigned to the Peace Building Team in Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. The focus of this team’s ministry is “Conversations for Social Change,” a program designed to prototype a process to effect social change through personal transformation.
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Preaching for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Joan Rosenhauer offers a reflection on responding to the enormity of the need around us:
"Even though we know that we can’t all do everything, and we can’t all do the same thing, every one of us can – and must – do something. Christ’s teachings tell us clearly that we all need to identify the 'somethings' we can do to help the Lazaruses in our world."
Joan Rosenhauer is the Executive Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. In this role, she leads the organization’s efforts in the U.S. to fulfill its mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees and displaced people. As a member of JRS’s global Senior Leadership Team, she also helps lead JRS’s global operations.
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Preaching for the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Marisa Vertrees offers a reflection on living the value of Sabbath:
"When we focus too much on consumption and material wealth, we harm ourselves, we harm others, and we harm creation. We focus on the wrong things, letting it pull us away from our relationship with God, and forgetting to step back and set aside time for prayer and for God."
Marisa Vertrees was the Organizing Director at the Global Catholic Climate Movement, an organization with volunteer leaders and member organizations in 92 countries, dedicated to engaging the Catholic community and grassroots in living out Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si’ and halting global climate change.
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Preaching for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy offers a reflection on restorative justice:
"The story of the Prodigal Son reminds us that we are all called, in whatever ways reconciliation may be necessary in our lives -- whether we resemble the father, the elder brother, or the prodigal son himself. We are called to take one step, then another, on our journeys to recover what is lost and transform damaged relationships. Reconciling isn’t about forgetting the hurt, it’s about us finding new ways to model God’s boundless mercy."
Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy the Executive Director of Catholic Mobilizing Network, a national organization that mobilizes Catholics and all people of goodwill to value life over death, to end the use of the death penalty, to transform the U.S. criminal justice system from punitive to restorative, and to build capacity in U.S. society to engage in restorative practices. She has a Master in Theology degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Preaching for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Gina Messina offers a reflection on what it means to be "all in" as a disciple of Jesus:
"When Jesus says..that we need to be 'all in,' what does this mean? First, I think we need to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that being 'all in' is rare - it is challenging and a great risk that many of us are not willing to take. That said, what we can do is wake up every morning and acknowledge our position in the world, our abilities to contribute to positive social change, and do our best to make that happen. We are not always going to be successful; but it is our intention that matters."
Gina Messina is a feminist scholar, Catholic theologian, and activist. Her research and writing gives particular attention to the intersection of gender, religion, and politics. Messina is currently Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio where she formerly served as Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.
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Preaching for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Marie Anne Mayeski offers a reflection on humility:
"If we are to be humble after the pattern of Jesus, then, like Him, we must lay aside the garments that social status and worldly privilege dress us in and wash the feet of those who are like us, equal to us, made in the image and likeness of God. We must, in short, wash each other's feet."
Marie Anne Mayeski received a Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University and taught for 30 plus years in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Her areas of specialization were New Testament theology, early Christian history and the place and accomplishments of women in Christian history.
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Preaching for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary time, Michelle Becka offers a reflection for a community living with disappointed expectations calling us to decisive action
"Being a Christian is not simply a state of mind. It requires a decision – how we want to live as Christians...Whatever we are waiting for, will not happen by itself."
Michelle Becka is professor of Christian Social Ethics at the Faculty for Theology of Wuerzburg University, Germany. She is member of the editorial board of Concilium, an international journal for theology, and co-editor of the book series “Ethik und Gesellschaft” ("Ethics and Society") and of the journal of the same name. She is also a member of the international planning committee of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.
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Preaching for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary time, Michelle Becka offers a reflection for a community living with disappointed expectations calling us to decisive action
"Being a Christian is not simply a state of mind. It requires a decision – how we want to live as Christians...Whatever we are waiting for, will not happen by itself."
Michelle Becka is professor of Christian Social Ethics at the Faculty for Theology of Wuerzburg University, Germany. She is member of the editorial board of Concilium, an international journal for theology, and co-editor of the book series “Ethik und Gesellschaft” ("Ethics and Society") and of the journal of the same name. She is also a member of the international planning committee of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.
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Preaching for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ offers a reflection on the promise of the day as revealed in the readings:
"Mary too is caught up in this great process of realizing the effects of the resurrection. It’s not a promise of peace during the course of the process; rather, it’s a promise of tension and struggle. We live in time and we touch eternity. "
Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, was professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union at Chicago for 26 years, and is professor emerita from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. She retired in 2009 to become provincial archivist of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada Province. She is the author or editor of many books and articles on topics of New Testament and Early Church, and of the early history of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
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Preaching for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Michelle Pérez offers a reflection on global citizenship in light of gospel values of missionary discipleship and servant leadership:
"As I continue to grapple with missionary discipleship and servant leadership in my every day ... I’m going to remember these words, 'and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.'"
Michelle Pérez currently serves as the Cultural Commissions Coordinator for the New Jersey De-partment of State and was former Senior Aide to the Governor in the Office of Intergovernmental Af-fairs. She recently completed a Master of Arts at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, concentrating in Post Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability and Latin America and the Caribbean. She is an alum of Saint Peter’s University where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, as well as secondary fields of study in Anthropology and Philosophy.
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Preaching for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Meghan Clark offers a reflection on wealth and discipleship:
"Luke’s parables about money are ultimately parables about discipleship... The Rich Fool helps us remember that private property is not absolute. The goods of the earth are never really just 'mine' to do with as I please."
Meghan J. Clark, Ph.D., is an associate professor of moral theology at St John’s University (NY). She is author of The Vision of Catholic Social Thought: the Virtue of Solidarity and the Praxis of Human Rights (Fortress Press, 2014) and co-editor of Public Theology and the Global Common Good: The Contribution of David Hollenbach (Orbis, 2106), both of which were awarded first place prizes from the Catholic Press Association Book Awards. Active in public theology, she is a columnist for US Catholic magazine and a contributor to America Magazine and Millennial Journal.
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Preaching for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sr. Judgette Gallares, RC offers a reflection on prayer: "Jesus is teaching us that prayer is first and foremost a relationship between God and us, a relationship built on love and trust, not on fear."
Sr. Judette Gallares, RC, from the Philippines, is a member of the Religious of the Cenacle, Asia Region. She is currently missioned at the Cenacle in Macau, China S.A.R. She is a member of the Ecclesia of Women in Asia, a forum of Asian Catholic women theologians and women doing theology in Asia. She is an author of several books and articles on theology, biblical spirituality, religious formation, and consecrated life. Among her books are Images of Faith, Images of Courage, Fire Within, and Journeys of the Heart.
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Preaching for the Feast of St. Mary of Magdala (St. Mary Magdalene), Elizabeth Berne DeGear offers a reflection which explores the meaning of the word "migdala," the subjectivity of Mary of Magdala, and our agency today:
"Now is a time to celebrate. On this Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene
we can celebrate the power of her experience as good news. She is reminding us that we all have to claim our own experience as the good news. Jesus as rabbouni. 'My' teacher. Your teacher. And we have to go out and live it and preach it and teach it with authority."
Elizabeth Berne DeGear is a chaplain, writer, Bible scholar and Catholic feminist.
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Lupita Vital Cruz preaches for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on hospitality:
"I invite you to be hospitable by embracing immigrants, embracing those with no voice, embracing our neighbors, and embracing our families and ourselves. "
Lupita Vital Cruz is currently the director of the Hispanic Apostolate for the Diocese of San Jose, California. She holds a master's degree in catechesis from the University of Santa Clara and has over 25 years of experience in catechesis.
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Preaching for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Julie George, SSpS offers a reflection on how the parable of the Good Samaritan calls us beyond our traditional boundaries, laws, and rules with a particular emphasis on how the institutional Church might respond faithfully to the parable: "Jesus taught us to transform the law as per the signs of the time, and to stand in solidarity with the people in need."
Julie George, SSpS who belongs to the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit, is a women’s rights lawyer who has been practicing law for the past 16 years. In 2006, in response to the growing needs of women victims of domestic violence and other forms of discrimination, she established an independent practice, and has since secured justice for hundreds of women in cases of domestic violence, matrimonial issues, sexual abuse, and property rights, among others.
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Preaching for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Emily Rauer Davis offers a reflection on finding strength, comfort, and hope in God our Mother:
"In spite of the hardships we face, or creeping feelings of despair, we are invited to recall the love of God as Mother: nurturing us, consoling us, and reassuring us of our place in the world. We are called to be a people of hope as we go about our work as disciples in our broken world, with God’s promise of abundant, gratuitous love as our foundation."
Emily Rauer Davis is Assistant Chaplain and Director of Domestic Immersions at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. A 1999 graduate of Holy Cross, she spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Fresno, CA before receiving her Master of Divinity degree at Weston Jesuit School of Theology.
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Preaching for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Elizabeth Turnwald offers a reflection on surrendering to God's personal invitation to discipleship:
"We can get so caught up in the preparation that we don’t appreciate the invitation. But the marvelous thing about God, this all-forgiving, all-patient Universal Love, is that even when we don’t answer 'correctly,' she finds a way of repeating herself; and she will continue asking until we’re ready. It’s a cycle, a pattern, and a living relationship. We won’t always get it right the first time, but we will eventually discover that sweet bliss of open surrender."
Elizabeth Turnwald is a current Jesuit Volunteer in New York City and is the Retreat Coordinator and Conflict Resolution Program Assistant at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. A graduate of the University of Dayton, she holds a B.A. in Music and in Spanish with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She will soon pursue a Master of Divinity at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
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Preaching for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Rita Ferrone offers a reflection on how "“The Eucharist commits us to the poor:”
"Eucharist commits us to the poor, because Jesus chose to identify himself with them, and he tells us again today: 'Give them something to eat.'"
Rita Ferrone is an award-winning writer and frequent speaker on issues of liturgy and church renewal in the Roman Catholic tradition. She is currently a contributing writer and columnist for Commonweal magazine, and serves as general editor for The Yale ISM Review, an ecumenical journal of worship and the arts for the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She is a contributor to the Pray Tell Blog, and writes for the Liturgical Press daily prayer resource, Give Us This Day.
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Preaching for Trinity Sunday, Lynn Cooper offers a reflection on entering more deeply into the mystery of the Trinity:
"My friends, this Trinity Sunday, I invite you to dwell in this reframing of mystery – the forever understanding –and marinate in one or two of these provocations: How might unity in multiplicity inspire us to be in solidarity with people of other faiths or no faith? In the spirit of the liturgical year, which calls us to re-encounter our tradition and story in cycles, how have joy and sorrow from your past year redefined your relationship to the Trinity? How might we use the Trinity as a way to deepen our work for justice, honoring difference and diversity as holy? And lastly, how might we make space to listen to and carouse with the Spirit, allowing everyday sacramental moments to break open our faith so we may remember, once again—in body and spirit—that God is a verb?"
Lynn Cooper has served as the Catholic Chaplain at Tufts University since 2008. She holds a B.A. from Tufts in Comparative Religion and English, an M.Div from Harvard Divinity School and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry at Boston University. To learn more about Lynn, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women, visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06162019.
Boreta Singleton preaches for Pentecost Sunday, offering a reflection on making use of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, already given to us:
"You and I may be surprised-- the same Spirit that urged Jesus to pray and fast in the desert for forty days, the same Spirit that enabled him to heal the sick, the same Spirit that forgave his executioners is present in you."
Boreta Singleton is Director of Faculty Formation at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, NJ. She holds an MA in Theology from University of Notre Dame, an MS in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Neumann University and will graduate with a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Fairfield University on Pentecost Day, 2019.
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Preaching for the Solemnity of the Ascension and from her experience as a mother, Gretchen Crowder offers a reflection on looking outward and forward, not upward or backward, to the see Risen Christ in our midst:
"[Jesus]is something completely new. And at this moment, if the disciples fail to recognize this newness, if they dwell on what has passed they might miss so much ahead that is truly special. If they continue to raise their eyes up to Heaven instead of looking forward to the Christ in their midst, they will miss the point."
Gretchen Crowder is the Director of Campus Ministry at Jesuit Dallas. She is a regular contributor to the sites IgnatianSpirituality.com and JesuitPrayer.Org and a collection of her writings can be found at gretchencrowder.com.
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Hilda Ortiz Mena Preaches for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, offering a reflection on contributing to the Kingdom of God by creating a culture of reconciliation and encounter:
"We cannot solve all of [the world's problems]. But we can dare to open the door and start a life of reconciliation and encounter everywhere we are."
Hilda Ortiz Mena is finishing her master's degree in Theology and Contemporary World at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City. Her research is directed at developing ethical responses to inequality, such as gender inequality, and how it is made manifest through migration and ecology. Hilda’s current work considers feeding the hungry and considers how to give in ways that maintain the dignity of people and how to follow models given by Jesus of Nazareth.
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Melinda Brown Donovan preaches for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, offering a reflection on discipleship: "As receivers of that redemptive love, we are called to embody the love of Christ: to become a community of healing mercy, kindness, inclusion, compassion, and forgiveness."
Melinda holds an MA in Pastoral Ministry, with a concentration in Religious Education, as well as post-graduate certificates in Ecclesial Ministry and Spiritual Formation, all from Boston College. For ten years she served in various parish ministry positions within the Archdiocese of Boston, and began working for Boston College in 2006. Currently, she serves the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) as Associate Director for Continuing Education, coordinating a robust roster of on-campus events on current topics of theology and ministry, and working with non-credit online faith enrichment courses for STM Online: Crossroads.
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Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Colleen Gibson, SSJ offers a reflection on becoming God's people, God's flock, in a divided world:
"As the psalmist sings out: “We are God’s people, the sheep of his flock.” God knows us and loves us, even when we don’t hear so well. At a moment in our church and our world when people have stopped listening to one another or are selectively listening to the voices they agree with, we must remember- no one is greater than the others- we are all sheep."
Sister Colleen Gibson is a Sister of Saint Joseph who currently serves as the coordinator of services at the Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Center in Camden, New Jersey, which provides opportunities for connection, enrichment, and empowerment with and among neighbors and neighboring communities in Camden and the surrounding areas. Author of the blog Wandering in Wonder, Sister Colleen is a regular contributor to Give Us This Day, National Catholic Reporter, and Global Sisters Report, and has been published in various periodicals, including Commonweal and America among others.
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Mary Kate Holman preaches for the Third Sunday of Easter, offering a reflection on how the Risen Christ sets us free from past faults and failings for the work of the gospel:
"Where can we as Church heed Jesus’ invitation to cast our nets differently when our present practices aren’t working? Where can we joyfully, boldly rush out to meet Jesus on the shore? How can we call our Church to repent of our shameful denial of Jesus, and, in an affirmation of our love for him, feed his sheep?"
Mary Kate Holman is a PhD candidate and Senior Teaching Fellow in Fordham University's Department of Theology.
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Preaching for the Second Sunday of Easter, Noella de Souza, MCJ offers a reflection on touching and allowing ourselves to be touched by the wounds of those who suffer, while seeing and taking consolation in the signs of resurrection in our world:
"Reading the gospel of John, we ask for that grace that we touch and are touched by, that we feel interiorly the depth of suffering there is in the world today, symbolized by Jesus’ passion, suffering and death. We ask for the consolation to capture the footprints of the Resurrection in life, in the Church, in the world..."
Noella de Souza belongs to a community of women religious, the Missionaries of Christ Jesus, and has trained in Education, and Psychotherapy and Counseling. She has been working in the field of education for the last forty years.
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Inspired by the full Resurrection narrative in the Gospel of John, Annie Burns preaches for Easter, offering a reflection on moving through the current pain and fear toward healing and reconciliation and new ways of being Church:
"I think it is time for myself and for our Church to move through these moments of fear and pain. It is time for us to turn around and see Jesus risen. To get up, blinking through our tears, and to share the hope of the Resurrection with the people around us. To restore our communities in justice, through reconciliation and atonement. To let go of past ways of being Church to make room for healing, growth, and prospering as we begin a new chapter. I know I can’t do this by myself. I need all of my church, all of you, all of my brothers in positions of power, to join me in this Resurrection moment. It is time to listen to the unattended to prophets, to seek out the voice of the Spirit in the most unexpected places, to put as our new cornerstone that which had previously been rejected."
Annie Burns is a graduate of Loyola University, Chicago and a former Maryknoll Lay Missioner. She currently serves on the FutureChurch board.
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Preaching for Holy Thursday, Kathy Baroody, informed by her years of experience with the L'Arche Community, offers a reflection on Christian love, saying:
"So the question for us this evening is, Can we say yes to Jesus’ invitation? Can we choose to love to the utmost? To engage humbly with one person at a time, to offer refreshment and tenderness to the weary soul, to look with extraordinary love into the eyes of the person in front of us, and convey that they are of infinite value? If, indeed, this is possible, then we will know that the hour of salvation has come."
Kathy has lived most of the past 35 years in Bethlehem, in the Holy Land. As a member of L’Arche, she is responsible for the mission of L’Arche in Palestine and was instrumental in supporting the creation of a community in Bethlehem. L’Arche is an international federation of communities, founded by Jean Vanier, that brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities to share life and create communities of welcome where each person’s unique gifts can be shared and celebrated.
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Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Kaya Oakes, offers three insights from the passage about the woman “caught” in adultery: 1. “Jesus instead chooses not to condemn her. And that’s not the same thing as forgiveness, because, perhaps, in her case, there’s nothing for him to forgive;” 2. “What if she didn’t do it?... It’s entirely possible the ‘adultery’ this anonymous woman was caught in was really something else,” and 3. “the woman never asks for forgiveness. Unlike those who’ve been accused, who’ve been found guilty and who have publicly begged for forgiveness, she is silent, until Jesus asks who has really condemned her, and her answer is no one.”
This leads Oakes to conclude, “It’s no coincidence that our other readings today are about new ways of doing things, new ways of seeing ourselves and the world around us.” She ends: “Our newness might look like this: that we might speak, and be believed, instead of being dismissed. That when we’re falsely condemned, judged, or criticized, we might stop condemning ourselves. That we might not be condemned for things we did not do, but instead be set free. That we might learn to atone rather than apologize when we have actually done real harm. That we might get, for the first time, to tell our own stories, instead of having them told.”
Kaya Oakes teaches nonfiction writing at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of four books, including Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture (Henry Holt, 2009); Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church (Counterpoint Press, 2012); and The Nones Are Alright: A New Generation of Seekers, Believers, and Those In-Between (Orbis Books, 2015). Her writing has appeared in America, Commonweal, Slate, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Narratively, Religion Dispatches, Religion News Service, National Catholic Reporter, and many other publications.
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Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Paola Piscitelli offers a reflection on joyful reconciliation and radical welcome: "That is what God is like: he always precedes us in love and runs towards us, sinners, to embrace us and to teach us to embrace each other. This Lenten season is a good time for us to experience the richness and joy of reconciliation and welcome. May this time of Lent help us change our heart and attitude; may we be able to accept the embrace and words of the Father and may we witness the same welcome and joy to those who are excluded from our society and who do not receive words and gestures of reconciliation and joy."
Paola Piscitelli is the President of the Community of Sant’Egidio USA, the American branch of the larger worldwide movement founded in Rome in 1968. Born in Rome, Italy, Paola joined the Community of Sant’Egidio while she was attending high school. She has been a member of it since then and has become president of its American branch in 1993. As such she has coordinated the service programs and the growth of the Community in the United States through seminars, retreats, presentations and lectures. As all the members of Sant’Egidio her commitment with the community is totally volunteer.
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Preaching for the Third Sunday of Lent, Kristin Heyer offers a reflection on standing on holy ground: "We don’t have to walk in the desert or witness a miraculous sight to recognize that we are standing on holy ground. As with Moses, God interrupts our ordinary lives, as well. We experience moments when something perceptibly shifts and we become aware of the sacred quality of the encounter."
Kristin E. Heyer is professor of theological ethics at Boston College. She serves as co-chair of the planning committee for Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, a global network that fosters connections within the world church. She has also served on the boards of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Moral Traditions Series at Georgetown University Press, and the Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College.
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Preaching for the Second Sunday of Lent, Sr. Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF offers a reflection on the ways we encounter God and how we might respond to those encounters: "God meets us right where we are, and in the ordinariness of our own lives, but we too have a responsibility to pause, to listen, and to open our eyes to see what God is asking of us."
Sister Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D., is a member of the Institute of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis, Kenya. Wakahiu oversees the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative and its Catholic Education Programs. Before
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Preaching for the First Sunday of Lent, Sheila Kinsey, FCJM, offers a reflection that encourages to consider Jesus' temptation in the desert and to reflect upon our own desert journeys: "We are to become the presence of God for others. In our lives, we will face temptations, but God is there to guide us so that we don’t fall into sin."
Sr. Sheila Kinsey, a member of the Franciscan Sisters Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (FCJM), is the Executive Co-Secretary for the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Commission of the Union of Superior Generals (USG) and International Union of Superior Generals (UISG). She was appointed to the position in 2015, upon completion of her term as general councilor for her congregation in Rome. She is actively involved in issues related to poverty, human rights, refugees and migrants, anti-trafficking, peacebuilding, environment, sexual abuse and collaboration, and currently serves as the Coordinator of the UISG Campaign: Sowing Hope for the Planet.
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Preaching for Ash Wednesday, Christine E. Boyle, Director of Campus Ministry at St. Peter's University in Jersey City, NJ, offers a reflection on how we might enter into this Lenten season, especially in light of the clergy sexual abuse and coverup scandal: "And so as I enter my forty day journey of Lent, like many in the church, I am praying to discern a grace-led and grace-filled pathway forward. Discernment does not mean slow or passive acting; it means deliberately prayerful, and Spirit-led listening and action so I can best serve Christ and our church, as an individual and needed member of our assembly."
Christine E. Boyle is the Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ. She is a proud alumna of the University of Scranton (B.A. History) and the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University (M.Div). She resides in the Jersey City area with husband and family. Outside of work, she is involved in a local women’s prayer group and her parish.
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Preaching for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jaclyn Newns offers a reflection on imaging "God as a vine grower and gardener admiring us, proud of us."
Jaclyn Newns is a spiritual director and retreat consultant based in the Philadelphia area. As a campus minister at Saint Joseph’s University, she supports students through faith-sharing communities (CLC) and weekend retreats grounded in encountering Ignatian spirituality through the arts.
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Preaching for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary time, Sister Rhonda Miska, offers a reflection that reveals the true meaning of Jesus' sayings in today's gospel and presents a new way of understanding and acting upon them in our own time: "2,000 years ago Jesus called for his followers to act with love, in joyful resistance, in creative non-violence. Today Jesus offers the same, beautiful, demanding life-affirming call to all of us…Today, how will we respond to Jesus’ challenge."
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Preaching for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jennifer Owens-Jofré Preaches offers a reflection on hope. "How might we practice hope in the face of disheartening circumstances?," she asks.
For her, practicing hope is bound up in our work to partner with God in bringing about the Kin-dom here and now: "Let us become a people of radical Christian hope. Let us place our faith in the Kin-dom that is to come. Let us embrace our charge to partner with God in bringing that Kin-dom about, in the here and now."
Jennifer Owens-Jofré recently completed her doctoral studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. Currently, she serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Constructive Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary through a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Louisville Institute.
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Preaching on the readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary time, Neomi De Anda focuses on "what Latina theologians call 'lo cotidiano,' the everydayness, of today’s Gospel." What does such a reading mean for leadership in the Church? What does it mean for our everyday lives of discipleship?"
Neomi DeAnda, a Tejana scholar/activist and Catholic Lay Marianist, was raised between El Paso and Corpus Christi, Texas. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton. She holds a Ph.D. in Constructive Theology.
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Preaching for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Louise Lears, SC offers a reflection inviting us to allow Jesus to free us from that which holds us captive -- including our own prejudices: "Yet, Jesus was doing just what he was anointed to do. He was opening the eyes of those before him to their racism and nationalism. He was trying to set them free of their captivity, reminding them that God’s love extends to everyone – and so should theirs."
Louise is a native of Baltimore who entered the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati at age 35. She has ministered as a chaplain, mission leader, professor, and medical ethicist in Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, St. Louis, Baltimore, and now Cincinnati. She earned a Master’s in Theology (St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore) and PhD in Health Care Ethics (St. Louis University). Elected to the Leadership Council of her congregation in 2011, she is currently serving a second term. She has a passion for social justice and the inclusion of women in all the ministries of the Church.
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Preaching for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Carmen M. Nanko-Fernández offers a refreshing reflection on the Holy Spirit, saying, "For too long we have domesticated the Holy Spirit, imagining a peaceful white dove as a comforter to support the status quo, or as an advocate without the sharp edge of advocacy."
A self-described Hurban@́ (Hispanic and urban) theologian, Carmen is Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry, and the director of the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, USA.
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Preaching for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jane E. Regan offers a reflection on how we all might intentionally reflect the glory of God: "As we move into the second week in ordinary time, may we be those who intentionally reflect God’s glory through a sense of gratitude, through actions of kindness, and by nurturing within one another the voices that preach the Gospel in word and action."
Dr. Jane E. Regan is Associate Professor of Theology at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College and Director of Continuing Education for the School of Theology and Ministry. Her academic background, which includes a PhD in religious education from the Catholic University of America, is complemented by her educational and pastoral work. She has been involved in religious education at the diocesan and national levels for many years. Dr. Regan is a nationally recognized speaker with a particular focus on adult faith formation and catechetical leadership.
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Preaching for the Baptism of the Lord, Andrea Hattler Bramson offers a reflection on staying true to our vocation despite the "curve balls" that life will inevitably throw our way: "As you ponder your life, tasks, and responsibilities, let yourself doubt, like John the Baptist be confident that God accompanies us with love and mercy, and then let yourself stay TRUE to your vocation – whatever it is."
Andrea has been the president of the Loyola Foundation for over 10 years, and has been a trustee for over 30. She has served on the boards of SOAR!, FADICA, NCEA, and was the president of the pastoral council of her parish in Reston, Virginia. Andrea is the mother of three and now lives in Bluffton, South Carolina with Brian, her husband of over 25 years, her daughter Victoria, and the two dogs that show anyone unconditional love.
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Preaching for the Epiphany, Barbara E. Quinn, RSCJ offers a reflection on how Epiphany calls and empowers us to broaden our visions and horizons: "When the light of the Epiphany star sears our souls, it also casts a beam of light across and beyond any horizon we have imagined before, calling us to a new vision."
Barbara Quinn, RSCJ is a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada province. Since 2011, she has been serving as the Associate Director of Spiritual Formation at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM). Prior to coming to the STM, Barbara served for 10 years as the founding director of the Center for Christian Spirituality at the University of San Diego.
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Preaching for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Wamũyũ Teresia Wachira, IBVM offers a reflection inviting us ask, "What can we learn from God’s action of choosing a woman, whom we, in our world will refer to as a nobody, to carry in her womb, Jesus – God’s loving son? What can we learn from God’s choice of shepherds, who are the poorest in the society, shepherds who smell of sheep to be the first bearers of the Good News?"
Wamũyũ Teresia Wachira, IBVM -- of Kenya -- is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the Peace and Conflict studies at St Paul University (an ecumenical private university) in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a member of the Board of Pax Christi International, the global Catholic peace movement. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Committee of the IBVM – United Desk, New York; the co-coordinator of the Loreto Eastern Africa Province Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) committee; and as an active member of the steering committee of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative.
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Preaching for the Feast of the Holy Family, Kerry Weber offers a reflection on family life, sacraficial love, and reliance on God.
Kerry Weber is an executive editor of America, where she has worked since 2009. She is a co-host of "America This Week," a weekly radio program on SiriusXM 129, The Catholic Channel. Kerry is the author of Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job (Loyola Press), which received a 2014 Christopher award, as well as awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Association of Catholic Publishers. Her writing and multimedia work have earned several awards from the Catholic Press Association, and in 2013 she reported from Rwanda as a recipient of Catholic Relief Services' Egan Journalism Fellowship recognizing excellence in the Catholic media. She is a graduate of Providence College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2004-2005 Kerry volunteered through the Mercy Volunteer Corps as a special-education teacher on the Navajo reservation in St. Michael's, Arizona. She has been a Mercy Associate since 2012. She is a board member of the Catholic Press Association and of the Ignatian Solidarity Network.
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Yadira Vieyra Alvarez preaches for Christmas, offering a reflection on living Christmas joy, even in difficult times: "We must remember, however, that receiving this child is a decision. If we do not accept and embrace the presence of Jesus in our daily lives, of what use is his peaceful dominion? If we do not have peace in our families, our homes, our marriages, our communities, of what use is God’s offering to us?"
Yadira Vieyra Alvarez was appointed as an auditor at the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment and represented the immigrant community in the United States. Yadira Vieyra Alvarez is Research Specialist at the School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago, where she works on evaluating the effectiveness of doula home visiting services being provided to adolescent mothers. Yadira is also collaborating with the University of Chicago at Illinois and Immaculate Conception Parish in Brighton Park through “Fortaleciendo mi familia” – a series of sessions aimed at bringing low-intensity cognitive behavioral therapy and psychosocial support to Mexican immigrant families experiencing distress, anxiety, and depression due to exposure to community violence, financial challenges, and migration-related worries. She attended Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and later moved to Washington D.C. where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theology from Georgetown University. She received her Masters of Science from Erikson Institute in Chicago, a premier graduate school in early child development. As part of her commitment to urban Catholic Education, Yadira has also served in a variety of ministerial and catechetical roles including the Leadership Advisory Council at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.
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Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Sara Fairbanbks, OP offers a reflection on how we might birth Christ into our own time and culture: "As we celebrate the birth of Christ this Christmas, how can we birth Christ in our time and culture? What steps can we take to overcome racial injustices in our country? Like Elizabeth and Mary, will we, too, be full of grace? How will we labor with God, who brings down the powerful and lifts up the lowly so that as sisters and brothers we may live in dignity and equality as the one family of God?"
Dr. Sara Fairbanks, OP, is an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is currently a professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute in Saint Louis, Missouri. Before going to Aquinas, she taught systematic theology for twenty years at Barry University in Miami, Florida. Sara holds a Master of Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis and a Doctorate in Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, the Toronto School of Theology in Toronto, Canada. Her areas of expertise are homiletics, theology of lay ecclesial ministry, theology of preaching, practical theology and Christian anthropology.
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Elyse Gallway preaches for the Third Sunday of Advent -- Guadete Sunday -- offering a reflection on developing and nurturing a disposition of joy, regardless of our circumstances: "Paul understood that happiness is ultimately a choice. One that is built upon an awareness and acceptance of God’s presence and power operating in our lives."
Elyse Galloway is a Maryland native, receiving bachelor degrees in anthropology and community health from Tufts University, and holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale University. At both institutions, Elyse dedicated her time to extracurricular activities promoting community engagement and leadership development. She was a proud member of the Saint Thomas More Graduate Council and active supporter Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, receiving the Khalid Lum Leadership Award which recognizes the efforts of a graduate student who has devoted tremendous leadership to the House and its community.
Having worked for a variety of government and non-profit entities, including the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health and Sesame Workshop, Elyse continues developing her passion for minimizing the gap between science and society through communications. Elyse aspires to transform the valuable takeaways of research into engaging deliverables, advancing progress and empowerment of individual and community level health.
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Natalia imperatori-Lee preaches for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, offering a reflection on how Our Lady and the solidary between two "misbehaving" women in the Gospel for the day offer an antidote to despair and hopelessness: "Guadalupe makes God present in the Americas, to dispel fear amid violence and trauma, and she does it through the virtue of solidarity with those in need."
Natalia Imperatori-Lee is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY, where she also coordinates the Catholic Studies program. She is the author of Cuéntame: Narrative in the Ecclesial Present (Orbis Books, 2018). Her work focuses on the intersection of Latinx theologies, feminist theologies, and Catholic ecclesiology.
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Rebecca Muder preaches for the Second Sunday of Advent, offering a reflection on discipleship: "We are called to find and dedicate ourselves to the work that is uniquely ours to do, work that contributes to the creation of a more just and compassionate world."
A self-professed perfectionist, she finds solace in today's readings, saying, "God isn’t interested in perfect. She is interested in our willingness to try."
A native Kansan, Rebecca studied English and Sociology at Emporia State University. As an Amate House Volunteer in Chicago, she worked for the Catholic Charities of Chicago and Heartland Human Care Services. Becca earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton where she also worked as a Residence Life Campus Minister. Following graduate studies, she returned to Chicago to serve Amate House for four years as a Program and Recruitment Coordinator before joining the Maryknoll Lay Missioners in 2016. She recently transferred to El Salvador from Brazil and is currently engaged in the process of learning Spanish. In 2019, she will begin a new ministry at a primary school, Patronato Lidia Coggiola, in Zaragoza, a small town just outside of San Salvador.
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Annemarie Paulin-Campbell preaches for the Immaculate Conception, offering a reflection on how we might respond to our own "annunciation moments when our former understanding of our future is shattered and a new one is held out in invitation."
Dr. Annemarie Paulin-Campbell is a South African Catholic laywoman who has been working in the area of Ignatian Spirituality for the past twenty years. She heads up the Spirituality work of the Jesuit Institute South Africa which is based in Johannesburg. She has a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand and Master of Arts Degree in Christian Spirituality from Heythrop College, University of London. She has a doctorate in the interface between psychology and spirituality from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Her doctoral thesis was on shifts in image of God and self in women making the Spiritual Exercises. Her primary work in the Jesuit Institute involves the training and supervision of spiritual directors and the giving of retreats including the Spiritual Exercises.
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Carmen Sammut, MSOLA preaches for the First Sunday of Advent, offering a reflection on recognizing Jesus, the Emmanuel, God-with-us in every person we meet and sowing seeds of hope this Advent.
Carmen Sammut, msola was born and lived her first 22 years on the island of Malta. She was trained as a teacher and taught for 3 years before joining the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (msola) in 1974. She completed her religious studies and training in London, England and Ottawa, Canada. She obtained a degree in Rome in Arabic and Islamic studies. Apart from 2 years in Malawi, her missionary experience has been in Muslim countries in interreligious dialogue. She lived 15 years in Tunisia, 9 years in Algeria and 3 years in Mauritania before becoming, in 2011, congregational leader based in Rome. She has been President of the UISG since 2013.
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Agnes Brazal preaches for the Solemnity of Christ the King, offering a reflection on making God's reign a reality in our hearts, minds, and society.
Dr. Agnes M. Brazal is associate professor and research fellow at the De la Salle University, Manila. She is past President and founding member of the DaKaTeo (Catholic Theological Society of the Philippines) and one of the first "mothers" of the Ecclesia of Women in Asia (EWA), an association of Catholic women theologians in Asia. Before becoming a professional theologian, she worked as community organizer, campus minister/student organizer, coordinator of the Basic Ecclesial Community Program of the Diocese of Catarman, Samar, and formator of social development workers.
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Claire Noonan preaches for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on finding our way in these troubled times: "In times such as these, where do we turn? How do we set our feet, as the psalmist says, on the path of life, toward fullness of joy? Who can show us the way? "
Claire Noonan, DMin, is a practical theologian who brings more than two decades of experience in university ministry, adult faith formation, and social justice education to her work as Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religion. She earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and her Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree at Catholic Theological Union with a concentration in spirituality.
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Kelly Miguens preaches on the readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection which lifts up the women in today's readings as models of discipleship and invites us to ask ourselves, "What must change in my life and heart, so that I too may offer myself generously, from my own poverty, to the work of God in this world.?"
Kelly Miguens currently works as a faculty member in the Religious Studies Department and Campus Minister at a Jesuit high school in California. Kelly is an alumni of the University of Scranton, where she received her bachelors degree and participated in the Casa de la Solidaridad program in the Spring of 2009. Most recently, Kelly received a Masters of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, CA.
Kelly is passionate about social justice, Jesuit education, and Ignatian spirituality. This passion led Kelly to work as a campus minister at the University of Scranton for a few years. Prior to that she served for two years as a Jesuit Volunteer in San Francisco, CA and Detroit, MI. Through her professional work and service, Kelly has developed retreats, created social justice programs, and has accompanied college and high school students on immersion trips throughout the United States, Central America, and South America. Kelly is also passionate about her time spent teaching classes and ministering to women at a Federal Corrections Institution in CA. Additionally, Kelly serves as a support person for the Berkeley-Oakland Jesuit Volunteers.
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Preaching on the readings for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Marina Pastrana asks us to consider how we might go beyond prescribed responses that society and even religion ask of us by responding to our neighbors in need with love.
Marina was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and grew up in the border towns of Tijuana Baja California and Chula Vista, California. Marina graduated from Boston College Carroll School of Management in 2008 with a major in Accounting and a minor in Latin American Studies. She attended the School of Theology and Ministry, graduating with a master’s degree in Theological Studies in 2010.
In 2010, Marina founded the Montserrat Coalition, an innovative and holistic approach to supporting the needs of low socio-economic students beyond traditional models of financial aid.
In 2013, Marina began working at Catholic Extension Society, a national fundraising organization that financially supports mission dioceses in the United States. Marina’s particular focus is on the development of Hispanic lay leaders within the Catholic Church. At Catholic Extension, Marina travels nationally to serve catholic communities in the poorest and most marginalized areas of the United States.
For the past six years Marina has also volunteered her time at her parish St. Mary of the Angels in Jamaica plain. She has served in a variety of roles such as Parish Council Co-Chair and finance council member as a representative of the Spanish speaking community.
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Kerry Robinson preaches for All Saints Day, offering a reflection on the communion of saints "to which [we] are called and to which [we] belong." She reminds us that "the invitation to sanctity is not for the unattainably pious or impossibly virtuous, but for all of us."
Kerry Robinson is the founding executive director and global ambassador of Leadership Roundtable, dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church by harnessing the managerial expertise and financial acumen of senior level lay executives.
Kerry is a member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities). She has been an advisor to and trustee of numerous grantmaking foundations, family philanthropies and charitable nonprofits since 1990 including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development, America Media, Jesuit Volunteers Corps, and the National Pastoral Life Center.
Kerry served as the director of development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University and led a $75 million fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel's intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center on Yale’s campus.
She is the prize-winning author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service and the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities.
She and her husband, Dr. Michael Cappello, have two children, Christopher and Sophie.
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Jocelyn Sideco preaches from her terrace in Assisi for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, inviting us to contemplate the Gospel reading from three perspectives: that of blind Bartimaeus, of the crowd, and of Jesus. For her, contemplating the actions and words of Jesus proves most fruitful.
Jocelyn is a retreat leader and spiritual director in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola. A graduate of 3 Jesuit Schools, formerly and currently employed at 3 Jesuit colleges, 1 Jesuit High School, 1 Jesuit Province, and 2 Jesuit Retreat Centers. Her pilgrim heart and temperament led her to minister to people in New Orleans and the surrounding area immediately after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. She co-founded a relief non-profit retreat experience called Contemplatives in Action (which has since closed).
Jocelyn is an active networker within Jesuit, Ignatian and Ecumenical circles. She serves best when she is able to create a space for individuals and communities to consider their call, their mission, and respond joyfully to the needs of a broken world. She is available for mission-centered, non-profit organizational coaching and consulting.
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Maria Cataldo-Cunniff preaches on the readings for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on truth and truth-telling.
Maria Cataldo-Cunniff is a person with a disability. She holds Masters degrees in theology from University of Notre Dame and Weston Jesuit School of Theology and is a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She has served as chaplain at both Phillips Academy, Andover and Boston Children’s Hospital. Her essay, Raise Up the Roof: Families with disabilities belong at the synod too was published in America Magazine.
While she now spends most of her time being a mom to Joseph, age 9 and Margaret, 8, Maria occasionally preaches and leads retreats as well. Through engaging Sacred Scripture, Maria makes meaning out her own experience of disability and suffering and hopes to help others do the same.
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Trena Yonkers-Talz preaches for the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on readings by sharing the lived example of one of her friends from El Salvador.
Trena Yonkers-Talz has lived in Central American for over 20 years working in Jesuit higher education. She and her husband, Kevin, co-directed Santa Clara University’s study aboard program, Casa de la Solidaridad. Currently, Trena and Kevin are launching Centro Ignacio Ellacuría (CIE) with the Jesuit university in El Salvador, Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA). CIE develops academic and formation programs that integrate the exploration of faith and the promote of justice through a praxis-based, liberationist pedagogy.
Trena has a master’s degree in Theology from Boston College and a master’s degree in College Student Development from Miami University. She is a very proud mom of four daughters (Sophia 18, Grace 16, Hannah 13 and Emma 8). She is originally from Hastings, Michigan.
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Susan Ross, Ph.D. preaches for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary time, offering a reflection on our need to be loved and to love.
Dr. Susan A. Ross is Professor of Theology and a Faculty Scholar at Loyola University Chicago. She is Past President of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2012-13) and served as Vice President and member of the editorial board of Concilium: International Theological Journal.From 2008-2016 she served as chair of the Theology Department at Loyola. Most recently, she has taught courses on Beauty and Ethics, Theological Anthropology, Conscience, and Religion and Gender.
Susan first preached as a graduate student at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where she came to appreciate its Protestant heritage and emphasis on the Word. Since then, she has preached at Loyola, professional society liturgies, workshops and conferences.
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Lorna Gold preaches for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time in light Pope Francis' visit to Ireland which was overshadowed by the latest revelations and developments regarding clergy sex abuse and cover-up.
Lorna works for Trócaire, the Irish Catholic Development Agency. She is a specialist in International Development who has worked in an academic and NGO context for almost two decades. Currently, she is leading a project on how the Irish Church can implement Pope Francis’ message on integral ecology, articulated in Laudato Sí. She writes and speaks extensively on Pope Francis’ vision and was responsible for chairing an all-female panel at the launch of this encyclical in the Vatican with world-renowned author, Naomi Klein in 2015. She holds a PhD in Economic Geography from Glasgow University and as well as working for Trócaire, lectures in Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University
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Mar Muñoz-Visoso preaches for the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection how we might grow in discipleship.
María del Mar Muñoz-Visoso is executive director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In that capacity, she supervises the and directs the work of the staff serving the Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and its five Subcommittees (for African Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, Native Americans, and the Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers). This includes the current efforts on the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
Mar holds a B.A. in Communications with a major in Journalism from C.E.U. San Pablo in Valencia, Spain, and a master of theological studies (M.T.S) from the Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan
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Cecilia González-Andrieu is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. She holds a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union, where she combined the study of systematic theology with religion and the arts, working jointly with the department of Peninsular Studies at UC Berkeley. Her work explores systematic theology and theological aesthetics from the particularity of the Latinx and Iberian perspectives. A scholar-activist, she is a contributing writer for America Magazine and an active member of the board of directors of the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She is a member of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the U.S., the Catholic Theological Society of America and an alumna and supporter of the Hispanic Theological Initiative.
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Maryann Cusimano Love preaches for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on the difference between our laws and God's Law.
Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love is a tenured Associate Professor of International Relations in the Politics Department of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She serves on the U.S. Catholic Bishops' International Justice and Peace Committee, and the Advisory Board of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. An alumna of the Johns Hopkins University (PhD), the University of Texas at Austin (MA), and St. Joseph's University in Philadelpha (BA), Dr. Cusimano Love is a frequent speaker on international affairs issues, is a columnist for America magazine, and supports the Holy See Mission at the United Nations.
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Heidi Kallen Preaches for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on how we might grow in faith and conviction through friendship and accompaniment.
Having spent 9 out of the last 12 years living and working in Latin America and Asia in collaboration with the Jesuits in higher education, Heidi is currently working in San Francisco at St. Anthony’s Foundation’s Medical Clinic as a therapist. She graduated from Santa Clara University with degrees in psychology and religious studies.
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Anita Houck preaches for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, reflecting on Woman Wisdom's daily invitation to her feast.
Anita Houck is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, where she has served as department chair and director of the Writing Proficiency Program. Anita received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Wesleyan University, an Ed.M. in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and former Vice President of the College Theology Society, which awarded her the Monika Hellwig Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017. She is co-editor, with Mary Doak, of Translating Religion(Orbis, 2013).
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Kochurani Abraham preaches for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, offering a reflection on the "liberative significance" of the feast day for women today.
Kochurani Abraham is a feminist theologian, gender researcher and trainer from Kerala, India. She has a Masters in Child Development from Kerala University, Licentiate in Systematic Theology from Pontifical University of Comillas, Madrid and PhD in Feminist Theology from University of Madras, India. She was the former coordinator of Ecclesia of Women in Asia, an association of Asian level feminist theologians and has been the board member representing Asia for International Network of Societies in Catholic Theology (INSeCT). At present she is the Regional Coordinator of the Indian Christian Women’s Movement for Kerala and the Vice-President of the Indian Theological Association.
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Mary Lou Bozza preaches for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on the recognizing the daily bread that God sets before us and calls us to share with one another.
Mary Lou is currently the Director of Development at Haley House, a feisty Boston non-profit founded in the Catholic Worker Tradition which includes a soup kitchen, affordable housing, an urban farm, and a social enterprise cafe employing people returning from incarceration. She is also a founding member of FACES (Faith in Action with El Salvador), a U.S. non-profit established to support community organizations in El Salvador. Mary Lou's writing has been published by Liguori Press, various Catholic newspapers, and in a collection of essays about feminism and faith.
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Preaching for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Tessa Pulaski offers a reflection that brings a serigraph by Corita Kent, which features a quote from Dan Berrigan, SJ, into conversation with the readings of the day.
Tessa graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 2015, where she studied Science, Technology and International Affairs. She has served as an intern at the Global Catholic Climate Movement, the Jesuit Center for Ecology and Development in Lilongwe, Malawi, and at Refugees International's Climate Displacement Program and the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement in Washington, D.C. This past year, Tessa worked on Catholic Relief Services’ Advocacy Team, focusing primarily on food security issues.
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Chantal Afou Bengaly preaches for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on generosity: "It is too easy to lament the condition of the world and, like the disciples, feel overwhelmed. Jesus says, ‘just bring me what you have and let’s get started.’"
Afou Chantal Bengaly is a social justice activist, motivational speaker, trainer, moderator and youth mentor. She was the first woman from her home village of Kourouma to study attend university. Chantal served as a catechist for children ages 6 to 15 during her studies. She currently works as program manager with Wetlands International Mali.
She contributed to the forthcoming text God's Quad: Small Faith Communities on Campus and Beyond edited by Kevin Ahern and Christopher Derige Malano and published by Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY.
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Samantha Lin preaches for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on community and unity.
Samantha Lin earned her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University in 2014. In 2012, Samantha studied in Amman, Jordan and simultaneously taught English to refugee kids through Jesuit Refugee Services Jordan. After graduating, Samantha served with Jesuit Volunteer Corp in Chicago where she worked in refugee resettlement. She has also worked with Seeds of Peace, an international peacebuilding camp for teenagers from the Middle East, South Asia and the US. In 2015 Samantha was granted the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies to study in Rome and remained there after the year-long fellowship, recently earning her diploma in Judaic Studies from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
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Colleen Griffith preaches for the Feast of St. Mary of Magdala, offering a prayerful meditation addressed to Mary herself:
Dr. Colleen M. Griffith is Professor of the Practice of Theology at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry where she serves as Faculty Director of Spirituality Studies for the M.A. program. the dual degrees, and the Post-Master’s Program in Spiritual Formation. She holds her doctorate in Theology from Harvard Divinity School, where she worked under the direction of historical theologian Margaret Miles. Dr. Griffith’s research and writing interests include historical and contemporary spirituality, Christian theologies of the body, method in practical theology, and exploration of the relationship between doctrine and spiritual practice.
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Preaching from Nairobi, Kenya, Heidi Cerneka offers a reflection on missionary discipleship for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary time.
Heidi Cerneka has lived in Latin America for over 20 years, and is currently living in Nairobi, Kenya, working with incarcerated women and refugees. She holds Master’s degree in Pastoral theology. Additionally, after 20 years of advocacy for women and justice, she decided to return to school and to obtain a law degree. She is now a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois. She has served as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner (MKLM) for almost 20 years, and is on the MKLM board of directors. Maryknoll Lay Missioners is a lay Catholic organization inspired by Jesus and the Gospel to live and work for justice in communities around the world.
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Sallie Latkovich, CSJ preaches for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary time, offering a reflection on our baptismal call to be prophets in the world.
Sallie is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, and holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Scripture and Spirituality. Sallie is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association, and a member of Spiritual Directors International; she is active in a number of Peace and Justice Organizations including NETWORK. Recently elected to the Leadership Team of her religious congregation, Sallie will leave her position at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, in July 2018.
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Sr. Gabriella Bottani preaches for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary time, offering a reflection on Jesus' invitation to "arise" and stand up for justice.
Sr. Gabriella has been the International Coordinator of Talitha Kum, the Worldwide Network of Religious Life against trafficking in persons, constituted by the UISG (International Union of General Superiors) since 2015. Talitha Kum -- headquartered in Rome, Italy -- is a network of 22 local networks, based in 76 countries in 5 continents.
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Elizabeth Mueller Stewart preaches for the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, offering a reflection on speaking our truth, especially from a woman's perspective.
Elizabeth Mueller Stewart, a St. Louis native, graduated from Cor Jesu Academy in 2006. In 2009, after living in El Salvador with the Casa de la Solidaridad program (Santa Clara University), she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice & Peace Studies at Marquette University. Following undergrad, she joined Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest for a year in Washington. In 2014, she graduated with a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. Beth is currently the Director of Service Learning at a Catholic high school in the Bay Area.
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Alyssa Pasternak Post preaches for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary time, offering a reflection encouraging us to be "courageous" in this already-but-not-yet time of God's reign.
Alyssa Pasternak Post earned her bachelors degree in Theology from Wheeling Jesuit University and her Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton. Post-college Alyssa served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at WomenRising in Jersey City, New Jersey, followed by a few years as a theology teacher at St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City and later at Archbishop Alter High School in Dayton, Ohio. She also facilitated theology courses on the subjects of morality, prayer and Catholic social teaching for The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation at the University of Dayton.
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Alison M. Benders preaches for the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection that challenges us to engage in the work of the Turbulent Spirit: "The Holy Spirit's work cannot be reduced to comfort and consolation. Rather, the work of the Spirit is turbulent. The Turbulent Spirit upends our distorted priorities through the protests of the poor."
Alison M. Benders, J.D., Ph.D., serves as Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Alison earned her B.A. in Philosophy at Yale University, her J.D. at the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston College.
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Preaching for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Jeannine Hill Fletcher offers a reflection on how we might truly venerate the Blood of Christ in today's troubled and violent world.
Jeannine Hill Fletcher is Professor of Theology at Fordham University, Bronx NY, and board member of the grassroots social justice organization, the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. Her most recent book is entitled, The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism and Religious Diversity in America (Orbis, 2017).
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Deb Organ Preaches for Pentecost Sunday, offering a reflection on how -- with the help of the Holy Spirit -- we can move beyond division and fear.
Deb is currently the Pastoral Associate and Mental Health Clinician at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Minneapolis, MN and teaches Theology and coordinates Masters level ministry formation at St. Catherine University in St. Paul MN. She also is part of the teaching team, offering a systematics theology course, for the Spanish Pastoral Ministry Certificate Program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul MN.
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Elizabeth Ngami preaches for the Ascension, offering a reflection on Jesus' instruction to "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature."
Elizabeth Ngami is Programmes Officer for Kenya Christian Professional Forum, where she works with church bodies representing Catholics, Evangelicals, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Anglicans. She is committed to humanitarian service delivery for social impact and social justice of all members of the society. She is a member of St. Paul's Catholic University Chapel, where she is also a lector.
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Sophia Park, SNJM preaches for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, offering a reflection the paradox of "remaining in love."
Jung Eun Sophia Park, SNJM, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. She earned a PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Along with teaching undergraduate students, she serves as a spiritual director with those who experience immigration and dislocation, as well as those who are exploring new ways of crossing cultural spirituality. As a scholar, spiritual director, a person of hybrid cultures, and a Holy Names sister, her publications embrace a wide spectrum.
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Karen Murphy preaches for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, offering a reflection on the act of "divine pruning."
Karen Murphy has a BA in Theology from the University of Scranton (a Jesuit university), and an MA in Theological Research, Christian Spirituality from Andover Newton Theological School. Her thesis was on the Eucharistic Theology of St. Catherine of Siena, whose feast day is celebrated today on the 5th Sunday of Easter. St. Catherine teaches that we can only ever love God as much as we love one another. In this spirit, Karen envisions a church in which all who hunger for grace through the sacraments are received, welcomed, and cherished – ensuring in effect that God is received, welcomed, and cherished.
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