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  • Community Of Missionary Disciples


    American Society of Missiology Series #65

    In this comprehensive ecclesiology through a missionary lens Stephen Bevans unpacks the profound Catholic conviction that the church is missionary by its very nature as he considers what it means for the church to be on mission, in community, and together in discipleship.


    1. Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Foundation of the Church

    2. The Spirit of Christ and the Birth of the Church

    3. The Future that Calls Forth the Church: The Reign of God and the Church

    4. The Mission that Calls Forth the Church: A Single, Complex Reality

    5. The Dialogue that Calls Forth the Church: The Practice of Prophetic Dialogue

    6. The Church as the People of God: Called to be a Blessing for All Nations

    7. The Church as the Body of Christ: Sharing and Continuing the Mission of Jesus

    8. The Church as the Creation of the Spirit: Presence, Challenge, Surprises

    9. Dimensions of the Missionary Church I: Apostolicity and Catholicity

    10. Dimensions of the Missionary Church II: Holiness and Unity

    11. Baptismal Missionary Discipleship

    12. Leadership for a Missionary Church

    13. Ministerial Missionary Discipleship

    14. Ordained Missionary Discipleship I: (Ordained) Ministry in History and Context

    15. Ordained Missionary Discipleship II: A Theology of Ordained Ministry in a Missionary Church

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  • Church Of God In Jesus Christ


    The Church of God in Jesus Christ consists of three parts: the first provides a concise historical survey of ecclesiology elucidating the most salient teachings and insights from the Old and New Testaments, the writings of the fathers, the medievals, moderns, up to the present day. It integrates a standard historical overview with a recovery of oft ignored or forgotten insights from the tradition (e.g., beginnings of the Church in prehistoric times and in Israel, Irenaeus’s Trinitarian ecclesiology and St. Bernard’s nuptial vison of the Church.

    The second part is a systematic ecclesiology ordered around the four marks of the Church, then proceeding to treat the participation of all the faithful in the threefold office of Christ, the ongoing renewal and reform of the Church by the Holy Spirit working through her members, and finishing with a hitherto neglected study of the eschatological consummation of the Church in heavenly glory.

    The third part consists of five essays on particular themes of special importance in ecclesiology. Of the five, most notable is the chapter on the relationship between the Church’s infallibility and Mary.

    Fr. Roch Kereszty intends to integrate theological insights with nourishing the reader’s spiritual life by emphasizing the essentially Trinitarian, nuptial and Marian dimensions of the Church.

    The book fills a genuine need in that it offers a rich synthesis of the ecclesiological renewal in an accessible and clear language. It will enrich not only students of theology but all those college educated adults who are interested to delve beyond the cliches of the media into the contemplation of the manifold mystery of the Church.

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  • 101 Surprising Facts About Church History


    In 101 Surprising Facts About Church History, Fr. Meconi, SJ walks readers through the most amazing achievements of Christ’s Body on earth. From economic and mercantile developments to scientific and astronomical advances, from the cataloging of zoological and botanical species to the cherishing of beautiful music and fine arts, Fr. Meconi shows you why the Catholic Church stands as the greatest promoter of human culture and knowledge.

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  • Sorting Out Catholicism


    Focolare, Community of Sant’Egidio, Neocatechumenal Way, Legionaries of Christ, Communion and Liberation, Opus Dei. These are but a few of the most recognizable names in the broader context of the so-called ecclesial movements. Their history goes back to the period following the First Vatican Council, crosses Vatican II, and develops throughout the twentieth century. It is a history that prepares the movements’ rise in the last three decades, from John Paul II to Francis. These movements are a complex phenomenon that shapes the Church now more than before, and they play a key role for the future of Catholicism as a global community, in transition from a Europe-centered tradition to a world Church.

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  • Lay Ecclesial Ministry


    Amy Hoey

    Part I: Response To Co-Workers In The Vineyard Of The Lord

    Co-Workers In The Vineyard Of The Lord: A Pastoral Perspective On Its Reception
    H.Richard McCord, Jr.
    The Theological Reception Of Co-Workers In The Vineyard Of The Lord
    Richard R. Gaillardetz
    Part II: Mining Our Theological Tradition

    Ministry In The New Testament
    Emil A. Wcela
    Being A Ministering Church: Insights From History
    Thomas F. O’Meara
    Theology Of Lay Ecclesial Ministry: Future Trajectories
    Edward P. Hahnenberg
    Lay Ecclesial Ministry And Ritual
    Catherine Vincie
    Lay Ecclesial Ministry And Parish Leadership Options: Canonical Reflections In Light Of Co-Workers In The Vineyard
    Sharon A. Euart
    Part III: Mining Our Spiritual Tradition

    Spirit Guides And Table Companions: Saints As Models For Lay Ecclesial Ministers
    Regina Bechtle
    Formation For Lay Ministry: Learnings From Religious Life
    Juliana Casey
    Part IV: Implications For Pastoral Practice

    The Call Of Co-Workers In The Vineyard Of The Lord For Cultural Diversity In Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Programs
    William H. Johnston
    Adopting Effective Human Resource Development Strategies For The Catholic Church In The United States
    Michael J. O’Loughlin With Michael J. Brough
    Strengthening Ministerial Leadership: Perspectives From Systems Theory
    Zeni Fox

    Additional Info
    The role of lay ecclesial ministers-professionally prepared laity who serve in leadership roles-is becoming critically more important in the life of the Catholic church. In Lay Ecclesial Ministry, theologians and pastoral leaders from diverse disciplines provide a deeper understanding, envision future direction, and offer inspiration for these new ministers and the community of the church.

    Building on the themes of the first official document addressing lay ecclesial ministry, Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2005, this book delves deeply into key topics. Authors reflect on dimensions of the Catholic tradition to enrich our understanding of this new reality of lay ministry in the church, to envision future developments, and to offer inspiration. Contributors draw on a variety of theological perspectives, including canon law, church history, ecclesiology, liturgy, and scripture, to ground understanding of lay ecclesial ministry within the Catholic tradition and to chart direction for further response to this newly emergent ministry. The book also offers inspiration and models of service to lay ministers, looking to stories of the saints and communities of vowed religious.

    Lay Ecclesial Ministry is an essential resource for the Catholic community in understanding and building upon this new and increasingly important component of church life.

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  • Communion Ecclesiology


    Doyle constructs communion ecclesiology as a broad and inclusive category that makes room for a range of legitimate approaches. He examines the approaches of Johann Adam Mohler, Charles Journet, Henri de Lubac, Yves Congar, Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Elizabeth Johnson, Joseph Ratzinger and many others.

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  • Church Community Of Salvation


    Ecclesiology is now taken for granted as an area of theological research. Before the modern age, however, the Church felt no need to define itself. What Father Tavard presents in this work is a systematic organization of the essential Christian beliefs about what the Church has been, is, and ought to be. It focuses on the awareness of “being” Church that is inseparable from the profession of the Christian faith. Keeping the present historical moment in mind, Tavard investigates the dogmatic or doctrinal nature and structure of the Church in an ecumenical spirit.

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