Category: Profile

A Traveling Confessional

Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC, is recognized as the priest behind the traveling confessional—an old ambulance revamped to literally meet the faith-filled wherever they gather. Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews Fr. Champagne about how he and his community strive to live a life of contemplata aliis tradere, like Mary, a handing on...

Jean Vanier and Carol St. Laurent

Jean Vanier: Forging Arks of Amity

C.S. As we face the war on terror, the terror of war, and hatred among religions and races, now more than ever we must heed God’s call to peace. But how do we accomplish such a monumental feat? For answers, I turned to Jean Vanier, a hero of faith, humanitarian...

The Brigittine Monks Chocolate Truffles Royale

The Brigittine Monks

The Brigittine monks, originally founded  in 1370 and “reborn” in 1976, are well-known today for their confections. Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews one of the monks, Br. Steven Vargo, about the history and mission of the Oregon-based order. Q. Please provide a brief history of the Brigittine monks and their mission....

Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews Sr. Rosalie Wisniewski and Sr. Cheryl Kemner about the work of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, their mission, and how their focus has evolved since their inception in the early 1900s.   The Franciscan Sisters leadership team comprises, from left, Srs. Renita...

A Place of Escape and Encounter

Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews Fr. Greg Wiest, CSsR, a retreat leader at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, AZ on the history of Desert Mothers and Fathers and how the concept of desert spirituality can enhance our spiritual growth.Q Give a brief history of “desert spirituality.” Q Give a brief...

Life Directions Peers Inspiring Peers

The forget-me-not flower is a visual symbol of Life Directions,” Rev. John says. “As legend has it, during the creation, as God finished naming each plant and animal and was preparing to rest, then he heard a small voice: ‘What about me?’ God bent down and lifted the little seedling....

Lionhearted

For the George family, there wasn’t supposed to be hope for their newborn son, who was born with a half-functioning heart that was unable to pump blood throughout his tiny body. Today, at 21 years of age, John Paul George lives a full life, defying all odds. JOHN PAUL: Q. ...

The Redemptoristines

The Red Nuns, as they are called, see themselves as global missionaries  connected to the world through their fervent offerings to Christ on behalf of others. A sense of fulfillment, joy, and community seems to be the recurring message shared by the Redemptoristine nuns. Their eyes were bright, their smiles broad, and their spirits...

Rachel’s Vineyard of Colorado

Healing the pain of abortion, one weekend at a time  Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews representatives from Rachel’s Vineyard of Colorado on their ministry and mission. Q. What is your mission? Rachel’s Vineyard of Colorado is an affiliate of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries—the world’s largest international post-abortion-healing program. The ministry has grown...

Visual Parables

Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews artist Bert VanderMark about his work Visual Parables and its connection with faith. Q. What is your background as an artist, and what motivates you to reach out to others through art? I was born and raised in the Netherlands. My grandfather was an amateur painter. In my...

The National Shrine of Saint John Neumann

Managing Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews Fr. Matthew Allman, CSsR, about the ministry at the National Shrine of St. John Neumann. Q. What is the history of St. John Neumann? A. Saint John Neumann, a Bohemian missionary born in 1811, came to the United States in 1836 seeking to serve the...

Family Promise

Managing Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews Chris Kaul of Family Promise about its mission to build communities and strengthen lives. Q. What is the history of Family Promise? How did it get started? A. In 1981, Karen Olson, a marketing executive who developed promotional campaigns for consumer products, saw a homeless woman...

Pax Christi USA

Q. What is the mission of Pax Christi USA?

PCUSA strives to create a world that reflects the peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. PCUSA rejects war, preparation for war, and every form of violence and domination. It advocates primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation.

PCUSA commits itself to peace education and, with the help of its bishop members, promotes the gospel imperative of peacemaking as a priority in the Catholic Church in the United States. Through the efforts of its members and in cooperation with other groups, PCUSA works toward a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

 

Cristo Rey Network

Educating the Underserved Q) What is the mission of the Cristo Rey Network and what benefits are evident from the organization? A) The Cristo Rey Network empowers thousands of students from underserved lower-income communities to develop their minds and hearts to become lifelong contributors to society. By providing students an...