RENEW Announces New President

Posted by RENEW International on Jan 14, 2022 4:25:17 PM

G. Gregory Tobin has been appointed president and publisher of RENEW International by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, archbishop of Newark. Greg Tobin succeeds Sister Terry Rickard, O.P., president of RENEW since 2009.

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Topics: leadership, transition

A Christmas Prayer 2021

Posted by Greg Tobin on Dec 22, 2021 10:12:58 AM

A Christmas Prayer

O loving God,
through the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ,
you have touched humanity with grace.
As a child, he delighted us, and as a man
he taught us to be grateful for our lives on earth
and for the promise of life forever in your presence.He taught us to love one another without reservation
and to love and care for the earth and its produce,
the gifts we received from you in creation.
He gave us an example to imitate,
an example of self-sacrifice,
an example of gratitude to you,
an example of commitment to love and peace and justice.
As we celebrate his Nativity,
we thank you for all of these gifts,
and we pray for those who suffer today from poverty or illness.
We thank you for the company of our family and friends
and for the food and drink that sustains us
as we continue to live as his disciples.
We make this prayer in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Greg Tobin
President of RENEW International
Christmas 2021

Click HERE to download a printable copy to share.

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Topics: Christmas, Christmas season, Merry Christmas, group prayer, prayer and sharing, preparations for christmas

2021 Thanksgiving Prayer

Posted by Jennifer Bober on Nov 23, 2021 3:34:55 PM

Good and gracious God,

We come again to the time we set asi

de for gratitude.

We have much to be thankful for, even amidst our challenges.

We thank you for the gift of our lives

and for all those scientists, doctors, nurses, and caregivers

who fight for the lives of those affected by this pandemic.

Bless their lives and their work.

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Topics: give thanks, give thanks to God, giving thanks, prayer of thanksgiving, thanks, thanks be to God, thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day

A Father's Day Prayer

Posted by Jennifer Bober on Jun 17, 2021 9:25:07 AM

Good and gracious God, you showed us the importance of fathers when you chose Joseph to care for your Son.

Bless all the fathers who share your unconditional love with their children.

Bring comfort to those fathers who have lost children, or are estranged from their children, and all those who mourn the loss of their beloved fathers.

Share your blessings with all those who yearn for a father’s love and heal those wounded by a father’s fallibilities.

Bless all men who mentor and nurture children who are not their own and become fathers to children who need them.

Help us, the sons and daughters of their hearts and bodies, to return their love and honor them as Jesus honored Joseph.


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Topics: Father's Day, father's love, prayer

RENEW Announces 22nd Annual Gala Honorees

Posted by RENEW on May 14, 2021 10:17:20 AM

RENEW International, a Catholic not-for-profit organization based in Plainfield, N.J., will hold its annual fundraising gala on June 10, 2021 at the Pleasantdale Château, West Orange, N.J.

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Topics: RENEW International, Sr. Terry Rickard OP, parish renewal, Gala Honorees

A Mother's Day Prayer

Posted by Jennifer Bober on May 6, 2021 12:02:31 PM

Good and gracious God,

We thank you today for the gift of Motherhood, brought to perfection in our holy mother, Mary.

We ask you to bless all mothers, who show your face to the world through their love.

We ask you to comfort those who bear the pain of losing a child and those for whom motherhood is a broken dream.

Bless with your peace those who mourn the loss of their mothers or suffer wounds from a mother’s imperfections.

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Topics: Blessed Mother, gratitude, mother

RENEW Leadership Transition: National Search for New Executive Director

Posted by RENEW on Apr 7, 2021 10:35:46 AM

Sister Terry Rickard, O.P., has announced that she will resign as president and executive director of RENEW International, after 18 years of service, effective December 2021.

RENEW is a leader in development of Catholic small-group programs designed to renew personal faith and parish life. Millions of people speaking more than 40 languages and dialects have participated in RENEW small groups using programs that include Why Catholic?, ARISE Together in Christ, and Healing Our Church. RENEW seeks to evangelize young adults through Theology on Tap and a new online sacramental parent-preparation program entitled Baptism Matters.

Under Sr. Terry’s leadership, RENEW established a satellite office in South Africa that continues to flourish. In the past year, RENEW acquired the Parish Catalyst program, which offers learning communities and monthly webinars for pastors and parish leaders to help their parishes thrive. RENEW is currently working with Bishop W. Shawn McKnight and the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, to develop Grateful Living: The Joy of Stewardship. A program that includes webinars, a learning community for pastors and staff, and a faith-sharing process and book for small groups. Grateful Living will eventually be available to all dioceses and parishes.

 Sr. Terry, a Dominican of Blauvelt, New York, joined RENEW in 2002. She became executive director in 2006 and president in 2009, following the late Monsignor Thomas A. Kleissler, who founded RENEW more than 40 years ago. She will take a sabbatical to discern her next ministry.

The Board of Trustees of RENEW is conducting a national search for a successor. View the job listing HERE.

Board President Eric Dill, speaking on behalf of all of the trustees, said, “I would like to thank Sr. Terry for her many years of devoted and faithful service to RENEW International, and for the inspirational leadership, vision, and commitment to excellence that she exemplified in her role as president and executive director. Her contributions to RENEW’s success were immeasurable and outstanding in every way.’’

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Topics: leadership in service, RENEW International, Sr. Terry Rickard OP, parish renewal

Share in the Masses That Celebrated Father Tom: Watch the Videos

Posted by RENEW International on Feb 11, 2021 8:32:16 AM

For those who were unable to attend the Masses of Christian Burial on February 6th and February 8th, we share the recordings below:

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Topics: Watch Video Now, Monsignor Thomas Kleissler

RENEW Mourns the Passing of Co-founder Msgr. Thomas Kleissler

Posted by RENEW International on Feb 2, 2021 2:10:35 PM

Monsignor Thomas A. Kleissler, who launched a parish-renewal program that turned into an international movement, died on Tuesday February 2, at St. Catherine Healthcare Center, Caldwell, N.J. He was 89.

Father Tom, as he preferred to be known, co-founded RENEW International, which has been serving Catholic parishes for more than 40 years with processes that help the laity, meeting in small Christian communities, assume roles of leadership and service in the Church.

Born in Newark, Father Tom attended Seton Hall Prep and Seton Hall University and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Darlington. He was ordained at Sacred Heart Cathedral on May 25, 1957.

From the beginning of his work as a pastor in the Archdiocese of Newark, Father Tom promoted lay participation in the life of the Church.

In 1976 Archbishop Peter L. Gerety asked him to develop the Office of Pastoral Renewal, which encouraged the formation of parish councils, and worked to engage the laity in a deeper relationship with the Lord. Then, together with the late Msgr. Thomas Ivory, he founded the original RENEW process in the archdiocese and was appointed its director.

Under his leadership, the mission grew beyond the original RENEW experience, developing RENEW 2000, Healing the Body of Christ (in response to the sexual-abuse crisis), Why Catholic? and many other programs for small Christian communities.

These processes have reached over 160 dioceses in the United States and 140 dioceses in 24 other countries. Father Tom traveled extensively to plant seeds of RENEW’s message of conversion and community in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania.

“Father Tom's legacy is not about a program or an organization but about a way of renewing faith, building communities of hope and gospel action, and transforming the Church and the world,’’ said Sister Terry Rickard, OP, president of RENEW. “It is largely because of his vision and his work that diocesan spiritual renewal, parish small groups, faith-sharing, and faith-based action are part of the fabric of Catholic life.”

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Topics: catholic RENEW program, renew catholic program, RENEW International, Monsignor Thomas Kleissler

Our Christmas Message to You

Posted by RENEW International on Dec 23, 2020 10:15:00 AM
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Topics: Christmas, hope, Christmas Star, Star of Wonder, new light