Women in Conversation: The Unopened Gift

Posted by RENEW International on Dec 10, 2020 6:00:00 AM

What is in that mysterious unopened gift under the tree?  And who put it there? 

In anticipation of RENEW’s upcoming small-group guide for women, Stand Up! Women in Conversation with Christ by Loretta Pehanich, you are invited to a virtual Christmas gathering of Women in Conversation using Zoom on Wednesday, December 16, 4:30-5:30 P.M. PST. The theme is "The Unopened Gift." 

Join women near and far for an unusual holiday treat complete with break-out conversations, music, prayer, and more.  Plan to wear something festive, to show some Christmas décor in your background, or wear your Christmas jammies!

If you would like to attend this unique virtual gathering, please send an email to WomenConversationRENEW@gmail.com by Monday, December 14th and you will receive an email with the Zoom link and more details.

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Topics: Christmas, catholic program renew, faith sharing group, renew catholic program, RENEW International, small groups, virtual, online small groups, Women in Conversation

A Thanksgiving Prayer for 2020

Posted by Jennifer Bober on Nov 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM
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Topics: compassionate heart, God's blessings, God's grace, gratitude, prayer, RENEW International, pandemic, covid-19, Corona virus, Thanksgiving Day

RENEW Enters Partnership with Parish Catalyst

Posted by RENEW on Oct 30, 2020 11:22:33 AM

Two ministries that have invigorated parishes around the country have joined forces. RENEW International and Parish Catalyst are now a team with one mission—turning churchgoers into disciples and helping parishes thrive. Parish Catalyst will become a featured program of RENEW. Our partnership will widen and deepen the impact of our mission, helping to revitalize the Church at a critical time. 

RENEW, based in Plainfield, NJ, will fully integrate Los Angeles–based Parish Catalyst into its menu of offerings as a featured program of RENEW. RENEW offers parish renewal through small-group programs, including its popular Why Catholic? and ARISE Together in Christ. RENEW recently introduced Baptism Matters, a baptism-preparation program built around online learning modules, and Healing Our Church, a small-group program that helps Catholics confront the crises of sexual abuse by clergy and coverup by Church leaders and envision a way forward for the Church.

The mission of Parish Catalyst is to create vibrant Catholic parishes through an 18-month program for pastors and parish leadersa program that generates and refines new ideas for ministry and then shares them with other communities. Parishes emerge from the program with an enriched prayer life, clearer goals, stronger leadership, and a more active outreach to young adults.

The agreement has been signed by Sr. Theresa Rickard, O.P., president and executive director of RENEW International, and William E. Simon, Jr., chairman and founder of Parish Catalyst. RENEW’s Board of Trustees has approved the agreement, which has also been ratified by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of Newark, NJ.

“Nothing seems more Spirit-driven to me than that Parish Catalyst and RENEW should join forces,” Simon remarked. “We share in common a mission to revitalize Catholic parish life, using distinctive approaches which are entirely complementary. RENEW’s faith-sharing and discipleship programs have transformed the spiritual lives of millions of Catholics as they learn to live their faith, while Parish Catalyst brings parish leaders together in a unique, collaborative strategic-planning process to drive parish renewal. Together, we will be able to offer more Catholic parishes the resources they need to experience positive change in every area of parish life.”

“I am excited about the addition of Parish Catalyst as one of RENEW’s featured parish revitalization programs,’’ said Sr. Terry. “Our partnership will expand the tools we can offer to parishes today who are seeking to transform their parishes into centers of welcome, healing, and disciple-making. We join with Parish Catalyst to help clergy, lay ecclesial ministers, and lay leaders to think creatively, act courageously, and renew the Church.”

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Topics: discipleship, parish, Parish Catalyst, pastor, Catholic Church, RENEW International, Sr. Terry Rickard OP, William Simon Jr, parish renewal

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