A Message from Sr. Terry on the Passing of Co-founder, Msgr. Tom Ivory

Posted by Sr. Terry Rickard, O.P., D.Min. on Oct 8, 2020 9:41:45 AM

Dear Friends of RENEW,

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Monsignor Thomas P. Ivory, a co-founder of RENEW International. Fr. Tom died on the morning of Wednesday, October 7 while undergoing heart surgery.

In the mid-1970s, Fr. Ivory collaborated with Monsignor Tom Kleissler in developing the original RENEW process within the Archdiocese of Newark. RENEW eventually became the leader in providing materials and leader training for small Christian communities in parishes around the world.

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Topics: Cardinal Joseph Tobin, catholic renew progam, RENEW International, Monsignor Thomas Ivory, Monsignor Thomas Kleissler

RENEW International Welcomes New Vice President

Posted by RENEW International on Jul 16, 2020 9:41:55 AM

RENEW International is excited to announce—and welcome—Theodore “Ted” Musco as the Vice President for Pastoral Services and Operations effective July 6, 2020. Ted will oversee the pastoral services and operations teams of RENEW, bringing to this new position his numerous pastoral and administrative skills gained from previous ministerial positions. 

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Topics: evangelization, leadership, RENEW International, small groups, Musco, Diocese of Brooklyn, mission of the Church

RENEW's Response to COVID-19

Posted by RENEW International on May 20, 2020 11:53:00 AM

A Message of Hope from Sr. Terry


Online Resources, Webinars and
Faith-Sharing Sessions
to Help Parishes
through the Pandemic

Visit our EVENTS & WEBINARS page to learn about our upcoming free webinars and online faith-sharing experiences in English and Spanish to help parishes, small groups, and individuals at this difficult time. 

If you missed one of our webinars or just want to watch again, we will add links after the events you can stream the videos at your convenience:

"Becoming the Saint Next Door":
A Conversation with Sr. Terry Rickard and Chris Lowney

In this recording of an April 23 online conversation, RENEW's Sr. Terry Rickard and best-selling author Chris Lowney share their personal insights on everyday holiness and what it means to be the "Saint Next Door" during this time of pandemic.

"Till We Meet Again" Series

NEW Online Faith-Sharing Sessions

The pandemic may keep us at a distance, but it need not keep us apart. RENEW International offers these faith-sharing sessions for your small groups to use via conference call, Zoom, or other new technology:

Easter Message 2020: Hope will not be cancelled

Almost everything is cancelled—even Easter Sunday Masses. But hope refuses to be cancelled. So many people are rising above the fear and turning to help their neighbors: delivering groceries for the elderly and infirm, making masks for health-care workers, and checking in on friends and family. Our technology-challenged Church has come alive by offering live-streamed Masses, retreats, and Stations of the Cross. Priests are hearing confessions in parking lots and small faith-sharing groups are meeting via Zoom and conference calls. Some neighbors turn to chalk art to share messages of hope. One of my favorites is “Hope will not be cancelled.”

We will not gather for Eucharist at our parishes nor enjoy our usual Easter dinner gatherings with family, but Easter comes nevertheless, reminding us again that Jesus has defeated death and revealed his merciful love to us. Our Christian faith assures us of the final victory of good over evil, health over sickness, and life over death. During the pandemic, love is not cancelled, faith is not cancelled, charity is not cancelled, and hope sustains us all. Hope is not just something that happens; it is something we choose. Hope is something we must nurture and share. Our hope lies in our faith in Jesus Christ and his power to redeem us. This Easter we affirm our belief in Jesus, our healer and redeemer. He is with us and for us during this pandemic. And because we believe, we have hope even in this dark time.

Jesus is alive and among us. Amen. Alleluia!

Wishing you and your family a Blessed Easter!

—Sr. Terry Rickard, President and Executive Director of RENEW International


RENEW Prayer Amid a Pandemic*

Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for your healing touch during this pandemic. We ask you to accompany those in our small groups,
our parishes, our communities, our nation, 
and throughout the world who are impacted 
by the virus through infection, economic loss,
or anxiety.

Renew our faith in your promise to be with us always.
Keep us mindful, Lord, that we share in this crisis as a family and that whatever we are asked to do to prevent the spread of infection, we do for the good of all.

May we be patient and generous with each other, following your example, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Copyright © 2020, RENEW International. All rights reserved. This text may be reproduced in whole or in part without alteration for nonprofit educational use, provided such reprints are not sold and include this notice.

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Oración en el tiempo del coronavirus – RENEW*

Señor, Jesucristo, te pedimos impongas tus manos sanadoras sobre este virus. Te pedimos que acompañes a las pequeñas comunidades de fe, nuestras parroquias, comunidades, nación y a todos los que han sido afectados por este virus en el mundo, ya sea por infección, pérdida económica, o ansiedad. 

Renueva nuestra fe en tu promesa de estar siempre con nosotros. Recuérdanos, Señor, que estamos juntos en esta crisis como familia y que todo lo que se nos pide para prevenir la diseminación de la infección, lo hacemos por el bien de todos.

Siguiendo tu ejemplo, que seamos pacientes y generosos el uno con el otro, Tú que vives y reinas con el Padre y con el Espíritu Santo, por los siglos de los siglos. Amen.

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NCR Online Cites RENEW as a Leading Promoter of Small Groups

In a recent article in National Catholic Reporter Online, NCR news editor Peter Feuerherd names RENEW's contribution to small-group faith communities for both Latino and non-Latino Catholics. Feuerherd predicts that the small-group model of "human connection with faith life" will help fill a need for US Catholics during the pandemic.  Given that gathering even in small groups poses risk at this time, RENEW is offering online options for faith-sharing and other opportunities. Please check our EVENTS & WORKSHOPS page for the latest offerings.

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Topics: small groups, Announcements, pandemic, COVID, webinar

Social distancing and the sacraments: How the coronavirus pandemic has changed our sense of communion

Posted by RENEW International on May 19, 2020 8:56:12 AM

America Magazine's Kerry Weber recently interviewed RENEW's president, Sr. Terry Rickard, and other Catholic thought-leaders about the spiritual, emotional and logistical challenges the pandemic and physical separation have brought us, but also about the  opportunities it presents for the Church as we move forward.

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Topics: sacraments, pandemic, COVID, social distancing

Two RENEW titles named finalists for "Excellence in Publishing" awards

Posted by RENEW International on May 8, 2020 2:28:00 PM

The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) has named RENEW's Healing Our Church and Sanando Nuestra Iglesia as finalists for the 2020 "Excellence in Publishing Awards." Healing Our Church, by Jerome Herauf and RENEW’s Charles Paolino, is a finalist in ACP's category of Resources for Ministry.

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Topics: sexual abuse, small faith sharing groups, small group, award

Film Highlights Sister Helen Prejean's Work Against Death Penalty

Posted by RENEW International on Mar 10, 2020 12:07:29 PM

A recent documentary features Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), whose insights are the subject of RENEW International’s upcoming book Dignity and the Death Penalty: Evolution of Catholic Teaching. The film, titled SISTER, follows Sister Helen as she works on behalf of Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip. The documentary, directed and filmed by Joe Cardona and José L. Vázquez, also explores the evolving ministry of Catholic women religious in America. WPBT PBS South Florida co-produced the film.

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Topics: capital punishment, death penalty, Sr. Helen Prejean

RENEW's Healing Our Church Well Received by Newark Parishes

Posted by RENEW International on Mar 10, 2020 10:39:52 AM

The Catholic Advocate, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, NJ, has published an article on RENEW International’s Healing Our Church/Sanando Nuestra Iglesia. Healing Our Church is a small-group program that helps Catholics confront the twofold crises of sexual abuse by clergy and cover-up by Church leaders and envision a way forward for the Church. The program is available in both English and Spanish.

 The Advocate article cites positive feedback from several archdiocesan parishes that have participated in Healing Our Church.  The program is part of Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead, the pastoral vision of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., archbishop of Newark. It is intended for the lay faithful throughout the Church, to help them begin the healing process and move forward, with the clergy, as a family of faith.

The article appears in the March 11, 2020 issue of the Catholic Advocate and can be accessed here.

For more information about Healing Our Church, visit https://healingourchurch.org/en/.


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RENEW International Announces 40th Anniversary Capital Campaign: Forward at 40 at Mass of Thanksgiving

Posted by RENEW International on Nov 15, 2018 10:14:00 AM
RENEW International Announces
th  Anniversary Capital Campaign:  Forward at 40
at Mass of Thanksgiving
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Live Lent! cover photo hit the spot for this engineer

Posted by RENEW International on Aug 20, 2018 11:01:00 AM

I admit, I was hesitant to commit to a small group despite the friendly encouragement. I had some of the typical excuses–namely logistics and uncertainty of what I would be getting myself into.

However, I had a non-typical way of overcoming those excuses. I stopped in my tracks passing the sign-up table when I saw the cover of Live Lent! (Year A) because it was “a sign from God,” or, as it popped into my head at the time, “a pavement marking from God!”

Right after signing up, I texted a photo of the cover to my fellow Catholic traffic engineer friends with that caption. We are all fond of road signs, traffic lights, and pavement markings–the technical term for the lines painted on roads, including crosswalks like the one on the cover.

I am so thankful that the connection with the cover inspired me to put aside my excuses. I enjoyed the beautiful reflections of the book with my group. I have grown so much through the small groups, both in my faith and in my connection to the parish!

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