Director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis
Episode | May 17th, 2022 | 40 mins 39 secs
I’ve got a program this is going to change hearts and transform lives! It builds relationships, causes conversions, and could be a real blessing to your parish, BUT there’s a catch…
Program’s aren’t silver bullets, and they can’t survive in a vacuum.
A program that works has:
- a goal for success
- a target audience that isn’t defined by age or state of life
- a support system of ongoing relationships
- disciples who are working together to shift parish culture
All this may seem like a lot, but today’s episode provides some easy first steps for fostering good programs that flourish.
Episode | May 3rd, 2022 | 32 mins 51 secs
One thing the pandemic taught me is that people are starving for friendship. It is unfortunately easy to go through life making surface level connections with people but not to form the deep bonds of true friendship. We can be surrounded by people and yet feel so very alone. And so, today I bring you Austin Casselberry, a person that I like to call a “prophet of friendship”. He offers wisdom on how to intentionally cultivate friendships with true depth.
Episode | April 19th, 2022 | 24 mins 42 secs
“We are an Easter people, and Alleluia is our song!” This season is meant to have a lasting effect on our lives, so today, I invite you to pause and reflect. Archbishop Lucas gives his insights on the resurrection and his desire for each of us to experience the grace of Easter personally.
Episode | April 5th, 2022 | 38 mins 42 secs
As disciples, we are called to "give back" or to steward the gifts that we have been given by God. I'd be very surprised if this was a new concept to any of you.
However, an area where most of us are less comfortable is development. Asking a person directly for money is a difficult conversation without the right perspective and tools.
Today's guest, Chris Kuetemeyer, is a profession in the world of development and a former FOCUS missionary. He understands that to ask for money, he needs to first invite people into the mission of the Church. When he sits down with a doner, he invites them to be a partner in a ministry. The donor may not be doing the physical work, but they are responsible for that work even happening. This inclusion makes all the difference.
Episode | March 29th, 2022 | 8 mins 44 secs
Danny Leger, cofounder of Hope of the Poor, walks us through how to talk to the homeless.
Episode | March 22nd, 2022 | 43 mins 52 secs
If I were to sit you down and say, “You are about to experience a big life change”, what would be your first reaction? Does the word “change” invoke dread or excitement?
No matter who you are, a priest, a parish staff member, or an engaged parishioner, you know that bringing about change can be very difficult. Deciding on and implementing a new program is often the easy part. Helping parishioners shift their attitudes and habits is where it gets tricky.
So, if you’ve ever experienced change and it didn’t go so well, then this episode is for you! Kay Doyle is an expert at change management, and she applies her wisdom to parish life.
Episode | March 15th, 2022 | 1 hr 5 mins
As a director at the Archdiocese, I'm given free stuff all the time. Typically, we're talking sample materials for the latest evangelization or catechetical program. I pass these along to one of my staff to review, and if it's good, I might see it again.
A few months ago, I received a box that looked beautiful like it came out of a pottery barn catalog, and it said "Mend" on the top. I walked it down to Jodi Phillip's office (our Catechetical Specialist) fully intending to hand it off. But when I realized that it was brimming with hands-on activities that could help me teach my son about the sacrament of reconciliation...I took it home.
Transmitting the faith to our children is so difficult with the culture actively working against us, and this box give me some tools to have intentional conversations with my family.
I tell you this today because Faith and Family Life Catholic Ministries provide more than boxes for the sacraments. They really understand what it means to accompany families, and they want to help parishes do this well. They are more devoted to the process of catechesis than they are to a particular program. And so, whether you work for a parish or you are parent wanting a great resource for your children/grandchildren, I invite you to check them out!
Episode | March 8th, 2022 | 43 mins 54 secs
Do you know your parish's vision statement? If you are like me, your answer might be, "Uh...it's in the bulletin?"
And if you've been around the Church long enough and you've seen various ineffective vision statements, you might think that they are just corporate jargon. (And they very much can be!)
But Proverbs 29:18 says "Where there is no vision, the people perish." And Jesus himself left us with a vision statement, "Go and make disciples!" (Matt 28:19)
So what do we mean by vision? And how can we make sure that it's not just more of the same jargon?
Join me for the answers!
Episode | March 1st, 2022 | 41 mins 19 secs
One of my favorite parts of the Archdiocesan Vision is the call to Live Mercy. I've had friends from Hope of the Poor on the show before, and their stories about their work in Mexico are inspiring. But today, I want to bring it closer to home.
Least of My Brethren serves the homeless in the Omaha & Council Bluffs metro. This ministry was started by parishioners of St. Patrick's Parish in Gretna, and when they talked about their work with the community, it grew exponentially. They now find homes for 400 homeless people a year; that's 8 people a week. And they have 75-100 volunteers a month, mostly from local parishes.
While the growth is amazing, the stories of the relationships they build are even better. This group is a real testament to the fact that love works; compassion changes lives.
Episode | February 22nd, 2022 | 44 mins 31 secs
Today, I get to sit down with staff from the Diocese of Wichita, a diocese known for its stewardship. A long time ago, they realized that Time, Talent, and Treasure had become synonymous with church chores and duty. But as Audrey tells us, "We don't want something FROM you; we want something FOR you."
Specifically, we want you to have a relationship with Jesus and to grow in your faith. Stewardship is only meaningful when it comes from the heart of a disciple because only then it is the fruit of gratitude which comes from knowing Jesus.
Episode | February 15th, 2022 | 38 mins 13 secs
By now, you probably know that I love small groups! I've even gone so far as to claim that small groups will be one of the major things that bring renewal to our Church.
So today, I want to pause for a moment with Kendra Meuret. She went from being in a small group simply because she was longing for friendship. to leading a small group because she recognized other people needed what she had found.
Here experience is ordinary, and so hopefully, will inspire those of you who just want to take a first step toward being a Missionary Disciple.
Episode | February 8th, 2022 | 41 mins 26 secs
JPII once said that "Ecclesial movements…represent one of the most significant fruits of that springtime in the Church which was foretold by the Second Vatican Council." When you think of these movement, you might think of FOCUS or Communion and Liberation.
But one of the Archdiocese's best kept secrets is the ecclesial movements that are making disciples in our spanish speaking communities. They are beautiful examples of disciples evangelizing their communities.
Today, I talk to Mirna Chich-Price, who spoke at the 2021 Pastoral Conference, about her experience with Jovenes Para Cristo (Youth for Christ).