Author name: Maureen O'Brien

Religious Education in a Time of Crisis: Invitation to a Catholic Community of Practice Conversation

The past few months have brought serious disruptions and challenges to all of us in our religious education efforts, in academic and practitioner settings alike. The pandemic and abrupt shifts it has caused for our teaching, communication and ministry, and more recently, the murder of George Floyd and growing urgency for antiracism efforts—all of these […]

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Announcing Thomas Groome’s Latest Book, Faith for the Heart: A “Catholic” Spirituality

Leading Catholic religious education scholar and longtime REA member Thomas Groome recently published a new book entitled Faith for the Heart: A “Catholic” Spirituality (Paulist Press, June 2019). He is convinced that it may be his “best ever,” especially for the challenges to educating-in-faith in our increasingly secular age. Tom reflects:  “I wrote Faith for

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News from the Philippines

Rito Baring of De La Salle University in the Philippines sent several notices about his recent publications relevant for our ongoing discussion of religiosity among young people, as well an invitation to speak at the upcoming Conference in Catechesis and Religious Education next year in Manila, April 25-27, 2019. See link below for more information. https://religiouseducation.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/baring-publications-and-upcoming-re-events-in-the-philippines.pdf

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Research Study on Navigating Conversations about Race: Invitation to Participants at REA 2018 Who Teach in Catholic Higher Education

Steffano Montano, a PhD candidate at Boston College, is seeking research participants for his study on the ways that theological educators navigate difficult conversations about race in their classrooms. He invites those teaching at Catholic colleges, universities and theologates, who also participated at the 2018 REA meeting in Washington, to consider joining the study. Please

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“To Serve the People of God”: A Contemporary Theology of the Priesthood

A two-year seminar sponsored by Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry pursued in-depth research and conversation to forge a contemporary theology of ministry and priesthood. It resulted in a document, “To Serve the People of God,” published in Origins on Dec. 27, 2018. Catholic COP member Thomas Groome, one of the co-chairs of the

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Dynamics of Disaffiliation and Clues for Our Responses

Saint Mary’s Press Research Group and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate published Going, Going, Gone in 2017 (Winona, MN: Saint Mary’s Press). Through a survey and in-depth personal interviews of disaffiliated young people (ages 15-25) who had been raised Catholics, the researchers identified three “preliminary categories” and six “common dynamics” of disaffiliation.

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