This book offers Catholic leaders and ministers a sweeping survey of today’s trends in wider culture and in the Catholic Church. The book explores important questions about conversion for Catholics individually and as a body of belivers in America. Do Catholics think of themselves as converted, committed disciples? Do Catholics have anything to say about conversion today? And what might Catholics have to offer today’s modern society?
After articulating the reasons for powerful mission outreach and reviewing dimensions of contemporary American religious, the book outlines how images of discipleship can respond to the entry points of younger generations. The book culminates with a proposed agenda for today’s parish arising from a renewed vision of mission. An appendix offers a spirituality of mission grounded in the New Testament.
Pastors, pastoral associates, seminarians, pastoral council, adult faith directors, catechists, evangelization teams and anyone interested in the future of the Catholic Church in America can explore the themes and ideas of this book with benefit. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter help to frame the issues and lead readers to appropriate the message of each chapter.
Written by Fr. Frank DeSiano, CSP
109 pages, paperback
Published by Paulist Press