Dedicated Catholics Recognized for Outstanding Service at RENEW Gala

Posted by RENEW International on Jun 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM

RENEW International, a Catholic not-for-profit organization based in Plainfield, N.J., held its fifteenth annual fundraising gala on June 5, 2014 at the Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange, N.J. Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, RENEW International’s president and executive director, presented awards to four notable Catholics who have played a significant role in fostering RENEW International’s mission of spreading gospel values in daily life.

“We at RENEW International are truly blessed to pay tribute to the faithfulness, leadership, and service represented by these exemplary individuals,” Sr. Terry said. “They are models of Catholic commitment in their personal and professional lives, with a level of dedication that is exceptional.”

This year’s President's Award was given to Mr. Donald M. Daniels, chairman and co-founder of the Daniels Group, an employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm. Prior to starting the Daniels Group, Mr. Daniels spent 42 years at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, retiring as the chief executive officer in 1991. Mr. Daniels has been a leader in health care in the not-for-profit world, serving on more than 20 health-care boards of directors in a number of Catholic dioceses. He and his wife, Esther, are parishioners at Sacred Heart Parish in Bay Head, N.J. The President’s Award recognized Mr. Daniels’ support in advancing RENEW International’s mission of evangelization, spiritual renewal, and faith formation in dioceses and parishes.

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Jesus in Disguise Food Pantry Feeds Families

Posted by RENEW International on Apr 3, 2014 8:30:00 AM

People in need of food in a southeastern Missouri community can now get help close to home, thanks to members of a parish who have been taking part in a faith-sharing process from RENEW International.

Members of St. Denis Catholic Church in Benton—a rural city with nearly 900 residents —were prompted by their participation in ARISE Together in Christ to organize a food pantry in cooperation with three other churches in the area.

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RENEW to Honor Pioneer in Lay Ministry Formation

Posted by RENEW International on Feb 26, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Msgr. Neil Connolly is the recipient of this year’s 2014 Msgr. Thomas A Kleissler Award. He will receive the award and be honored at RENEW International’s 15th Annual Gala on June 5, 2014. The award is named for RENEW’s co-founder and is given to a person or persons who exemplify one or more of the remarkable qualities of Father Tom:

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ARISE bears fruit in Texas parish

Posted by RENEW International on Feb 26, 2014 8:30:00 AM

“Walking the walk” became much more than a cliché when members of a parish in Texas participated in the first season of ARISE Together in Christ, a process of spiritual renewal and evangelization from RENEW International.

According to Racheal Garza, who leads the parish program, more than 350 men and women joined the small Christian communities at St. Michael Church in Levelland, a city of more than 13,000 people in the Diocese of Lubbock in the northwestern part of the state.

Each of the six sessions of an ARISE season invites participants to share their faith and then to put it into action in their everyday lives. That message wasn’t lost on the folks at St. Michael.

For example, Racheal said, she identified three women who were willing to create a “Giving Tree” in order to collect items for residents of a local nursing home. One of the women recruited a friend to help.

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Young Adults Respond to ARISE Invitation Via Facebook

Posted by RENEW International on Jan 10, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Anyone seeking a concrete example of the new evangelization can find one in Sebree, a little city in northwestern Kentucky.

That’s where Patti Gutiérrez discovered how an invitation via digital media could have unexpected results, touching not only active members of a parish but also Catholics who had stopped participating in the life of the church.

Patti is parish life coordinator at St. Michael Parish in Sebree, which is in the Diocese of Owensboro.

St. Michael, like many parishes in the diocese, is taking part in ARISE Together in Christ, the five-season faith-sharing process for small groups, one of the resources available from RENEW International.

After the parish had completed Season Two of ARISE,Patti took stock.

“Seeing that very few young adults had participated in our small groups,’’ Patti said, “I decided to brainstorm a few that I could invite personally.

“To my great surprise, I ended up with a list of twenty-four young couples that were somehow connected to our parish, but few actually attending Mass.

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ARISE Group Sticks Together, Continues to Share Faith With Technology

Posted by RENEW International on Jan 10, 2014 8:30:00 AM

It would take more than a few hundred miles in this digital age to break up a faith-sharing group in Texas.

That point was made by a small Christian community in St. Mary’s Parish in Odessa, a city located in the Diocese of San Angelo in west Texas.

The group is participating in ARISE Together in Christ, a faith-sharing process from RENEW International consisting of five seasons of six sessions each.

According to the group leader, Lyd Reyes, one of the members, Janelle Woody, moved away—four hundred miles east, in fact, to Port Lavaca, which is situated on a bay off the Gulf of Mexico.

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ARISE Inspires Group to Help Family Coping With Illness

Posted by RENEW International on Oct 22, 2013 8:30:00 AM

According to its web page, a parish in the Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky, is dedicated to “continuing the mission of Jesus Christ through word, worship, and service.’’

And parishioners who have been participating in ARISE Together in Christ, the faith-sharing process from RENEW International, have taken a new look at what service means and can’t wait to see where it will lead them next.

The parish is St. Romuald in Hardinsburg, which is about 70 miles southwest of Louisville, where 11 small groups completed Season Two of ARISE last spring.

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Gala Honoree Receives Blessing on Way to Zambia

Posted by RENEW International on Sep 23, 2013 8:30:00 AM

RENEW International staff members prayed for Lisa Marie Meehan and asked the Lord to bless her as she prepared to travel to Zambia where she will spend three months conducting volunteer research to improve maternal health.

Lisa, who received the Spirit of RENEW Award at the 2013 RENEW International Gala, is one of 21 Merck & Company employees heading to countries around the world, including India, Zambia, and the Dominican Republic this year to volunteer with non-profit organizations. Her company’s Richard T Clark Fellowship program allows 30 employees annually to embed with nongovernmental organizations for three months to work on specific philanthropic programs. In Lisa’s case the Merck’s Merck for Mothers program and RTC are partnering with Africare and the University of Michigan on formative research on maternal waiting homes to reduce the mortality rate among pregnant women in Zambia.

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Stockton Latinos to Work for Social Justice

Posted by RENEW International on Sep 20, 2013 8:30:00 AM

When Latino/Hispanic parishioners begin La justicia brota de la fe: Formación en la fe y en la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia this fall in the Diocese of Stockton they will be well prepared. Twenty two of the twenty-five parishes that will use La justicia brota de la fe participated in the training workshops held September 3-5.

Manuel Hernandez of RENEW International’s Pastoral Services Team led the six workshops held at three sites throughout the diocese. The majority of the 225 participants were small community leaders who will be facilitating the faith-sharing sessions, and Manuel described them as enthusiastic and energetic. He said he was particularly impressed with members of St. Joseph Parish, Mammouth Lakes, who drove more than five hours for the training.

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Mary, Star of the Sea Parishioners gather on beach for faith sharing with At Prayer with Mary

Posted by RENEW International on Sep 16, 2013 8:30:00 AM

Many New Jerseyans have one primary destination in the summer: the beach.

The sands of the Atlantic coast provides a place for getting a tan, swimming and surfing, playing volleyball and Frisbee, and just unwinding.

And for 27 members of a parish in Long Branch, the beach this summer also provided a setting for drawing closer to the Virgin Mary.

Deacon Eugene Somma of St. Michael’s Church on Ocean Avenue led the group, which gathered on the beach in North Long Branch, in At Prayer with Mary,a resource from RENEW International.

At Prayer with Mary, written by Father John Phelan and Brother James Posluszny, both members of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, provides seven sessions that include prayer, scripture, personal reflections, faith sharing, and commitment to gospel action in everyday life.

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