By Dave Luecking | email@example.com | twitter: @legacyCatholic
John Schwob, the "numbers guy" for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, offers one word to address the decline of Catholics' participation over the years.
"Evangelization," he said, succinctly.
The director of the Office of Pastoral Planning, Schwob churns out, mines and analyzes data in massive amounts. Virtually all of the statistics in the archdiocese run through him: demographics for a parish, an area or the archdiocese as a whole; enrollments for Catholic schools; plus, baptisms, first Communions, confirmations, marriages, offertories, Mass attendance and more.
VATICAN CITY — 'Tis the season for a huge assortment of holiday concerts and carols to choose from, making Advent and Christmas a unique period for reminding people of the evergreen beauty of sacred music.
And music can be that gentle lure that helps welcome and embrace those who have become distant from the Church, said one liturgy and music expert.
By Jennifer Brinker | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
Kelly Wahlquist was sipping on a glass of wine, overlooking a Napa vineyard as she pulled up the news on her laptop.
Newly named Pope Francis had just given one of his first impromptu airplane interviews, in which he called on a more "profound theology of women," Wahlquist told a group of women at a Nov. 2 talk hosted by the Daughters of St. Paul at Pauline Books and Media in Crestwood.
By Joseph Kenny | email@example.com | twitter: @josephkenny2
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia -
They're the children of children who've been living on the streets. Babies born to drug-addicted mothers. Youngsters who've seen horrible things or been abused.
Here, they find love.
It's a 2-year-old lovingly embraced by a staff member. A baby fed by a woman religious. A 3-year-old encouraged and given structure from his classroom teacher. A child with prosthetic leg helped by a physical therapist.