Monday, March 25, 2013

What Cardinal Bergoglio thought of Street Theology: the work and vision of Catholic Charities

Remember to come to hear Bob Tereba's Vineyard colloquium at 12:15pm today (3/25) in the President's Room!

From the future Pope Francis' 2008 Passion Sunday homily:

Today, here in Buenos Aires, like in Jerusalem on that day, the street made way for Jesus. The street received Him properly. The crowd stood, begged for blessings, blessings for their families, blessings for their businesses, their houses, their autos…  Blessing, what does that [really] mean? [It means] that Jesus “speak well” of something, that He approach! That He enter families, hearts, homes, autos, businesses…Jesus out in the street, interacting with the crowd…There. His desire is, just as the gates of the city were opened to Him, the same is done with the doors to our hearts. Every Holy Week He asks the same thing: “Open your heart to Me. I’m not here to mortify you! I’m not here to boss you around! I’m not here to take anything from you…I’m here to give you everything. I want to make you happy.” That’s what He’s telling us. If we slam the doors to our hearts in His face, He suffers. Although He is used to it, He suffers. And we lose the opportunity to become happy.

We say that today the Church has spilled out into the street, to imitate that Palm Sunday, but also to affirm that today, in a special way and by extension, the place for Christ is out in the street. The Gospels tell us He would go to the temple, that He would go to the synagogue, but they also tell us he was on the roads, in the cities, in the streets. Today the place for Christ is the street; the place for the Christian is the street. The Lord wants us like Him: with an open heart, roaming the streets of Buenos Aires. He wants us walking the streets of Buenos Aires and carrying His message! Like Him, on the road and on the street. He doesn’t want us hoarding His word just for ourselves, locked inside our own hearts, our own house, or in the temple, instead that we spill His word on the street. He wants us walking out on the street.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Introducing Pope Francis

Habemus Papam!

Exciting times....A profile of our new Pope from Sandro Magister, who is seen as the preeminent Vatican reporter in Rome:

 ROME, March 13, 2013 - By electing as pope at the fourth scrutiny the archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the conclave has made a move as surprising as it is brilliant.

Surprising for those - almost everyone - who had not noticed, during the preceding days, the effective appearance of his name in the conversations among the cardinals. His relatively advanced age, 76 years and three months, led him to be classified more among the great electors than among the possible elect.

In the conclave of 2005 the opposite had happened for him. Bergoglio was one of the most decisive supporters of the appointment of Joseph Ratzinger as pope. And instead he found himself voted for, against his own will, precisely by those who wanted to block the appointment of Benedict XVI.

The fact remains that both one and the other became pope. Bergoglio with the unprecedented name of Francis.

A name that reflects his humble life. Having become archbishop of Buenos Aires 1998, he left empty the sumptuous episcopal residence next to the cathedral. He went to live in an apartment a short distance away, together with another elderly bishop. In the evening he was the one who saw to the cooking. He rarely rode in cars, getting around by bus in the cassock of an ordinary priest. [...]
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Prayer for the Conclave...and the chimney-cam

From the USCCB:

Prayer for the Election of a New Pope

O God, eternal shepherd, who govern your flock with unfailing care,
grant in your boundless fatherly love a pastor for your Church
who will please you by his holiness and to us show watchful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

And finally, the new evangelization brings us some interesting developments, including...the Chimney cam:

"Street Theology: The Work and Vision of Catholic Charities"

The Vineyard Colloquium speaker for Spring 2013 is Robert Tereba, Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Winona.  

Robert Tereba has served as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona since January, 2000.  Prior to that, he worked for Catholic Charities in Springfield, Illinois for 17 years.  He served as Controller and later as Associate Director.  He has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois Champaign and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Illinois Springfield.  For one year he studied for the priesthood in the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois.

Robert and his wife, Delia, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in April of this year.  They met at Catholic Charities in Springfield where they both worked.  They have two teenage sons, Michael and Joseph.    

Robert brings 30 years experience of working with Catholic Charities, has enormous enthusiasm for the work, and we are pleased to have him as a Colloquium speaker.

"Street Theology: The Work and Vision of Catholic Charities"
Monday, March 25th
President's Room

Light lunch provided, but rsvp to Dr. Windley-Daoust ( ) or call x1995. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Save the date!

The Spring 2013 Vineyard Colloquium speaker is Robert Tereba, Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Winona.  If you ever thought (or never thought!) of ministry as occurring outside parish life, you need to be at this talk!

Monday, March 25th
Light lunch provided

More information to come.

Job posting: Full time in Faith formation/Youth ministry

Faith Formation/Youth Ministry work at St. Albert the Great Church in Minneapolis. More information in the Theology Suite. 

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The Vatican flipbook

The times, they are a-changin'.  An online flipbook tribute to the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, with links to his writings. 

If they had consulted me, though, I would have said "Drop the comic sans font.  Please."