This past week I attended a conference at the University of Notre Dame entitled “To All The World: Preaching and the New Evangelization.” Presentations by Dominicans Timothy Radcliffe, Jamie Phelps, Gregory Heille and Theresa Rickard invited the gathering of participants to ponder the dimensions of “preaching” available to all of us not only in our churches but in work sites, communities and families. Diocesan Priests, Sisters, Associates and other lay ministers from across the country shared their visions of the new evangelization alive in our Church today.
One session by Dr. Susan McGugan and Dr. Deborah Organ focused on “Mighty Words from Creative Spaces.” They told the story of Sr. Dorothy Fabritze, who chose a ministry to work with the circus as a “biblical presence amid the glitzy backdrop and colorful characters, from acrobats to clowns to animal trainers.” An initial effort to meet the workers, who were always in a hurry, was to put a soft padded chair next to her ticket booth. Sure enough, workers began to stop, sit and share their thoughts and lives with her. She also worked closing the curtain and in the quiet dark time before she did her curtain task, “there were ‘God moments’ where wonderful spiritual things happened in conversations, just because she was there” (See This family DOES live in a circus at CNN.com).
As NACAR members and friends, I’ll bet we could all share stories of “mighty words from creative places” about those unexpected places where ‘theological values’ find voices which are powerful, important and essential for proclamation of the Word. Since NACAR is seeking reflections and responses to our website, online magazine and these President/Board messages, please send us your stories and examples of “mighty words from creative places.”
And, speaking of NACAR members, please remember that membership renewals and new membership applications are due by July 15. If you need an extension on that date, please let us know.
Also please notice something new on our website. We now have a Consultant Directory with a listing of those NACAR members who are interested in offering presentations, workshops, etc. You will find it listed under the Members menu (you have to be logged in to see this menu item as it is a benefit for NACAR members). We are hoping to add more consultants, so if you, or someone you know, is interested in being listed in this directory please contact us.
Happy summer to everyone, Conni!
The Associate: Spring 2014 • Volume 19 • Issue 2
In this issue:
New NACAR Board Officers
Biographies telling more about our new NACAR leaders
An example of corporate stances by some of our member congregations
Reflection from Ecuador
Two associates share reflections from their immersion experience
Join other associates in locations throughout the country