Nov 032011
 

Institute for Pastoral Theology LogoCredo Advisory Board member Larry Feingold is one of the instructors for Ave Maria University’s Masters in Pastoral Theology program here in St. Louis. You can get a taste of what the program has to offer during their “Open Class Weekend” coming on November 11th, 12th, and 13th.

You can think of Pastoral Theology as something like Applied Theology. The program is meant for anyone whose duties include religious education: DREs, religion teachers, deacons, homeschoolers and parents generally, and leaders of lay apostolates will especially benefit. The program is also meant to be one of personal formation and calls students to a personal holiness as emphasized by Pope John Paul II in Christifidelis Laici and is quite appropriate for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the rational basis for The Faith. Continue reading »

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Sep 302011
 

Ray MertensOur good friend and past Credo President Ray Mertens passed from this life on Saturday August 13th, apparently as a result of a heart attack. He was 82 years old.

Ray was the second president of Credo and led the organization for about four years in the latter nineteen nineties and early two thousands. In addition to Credo, Ray was a member of the Serra Club which encourages vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Ray was an active soldier for the church and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. We ask your prayers for the repose of his soul.

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Sep 102011
 

Head Shot of Mother Miriam of the Lamb of GodDom Mark Daniel Kirby, Prior of the Benedictine  Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle in Tulsa Oklahoma wrote the following:

“A Momentous Event

“This morning, on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the humble Oratory of our monastery was the setting of a momentous event. His Excellency, Bishop Edward J. Slattery was with us for the the canonical establishment of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope as a Public Association of the Faithful, in view of their becoming an Institute of Consecrated Life.

“Rosalind Moss Becomes Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God

“Foundress, Rosalind Moss, in religion Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God received the traditional Benedictine habit, given that the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope have begun to follow the age-old Rule of Saint Benedict. …”

The remainder of this article, In the Sight of Angels and Men, and another, In the Heart of the Church: Your True Home, along with pictures of Mother Miriam, Fr. Mark, and Bishop Slattery, are available by clicking on the titles of the articles.

Thanks be to God!

In Christ,
David Moss

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Jul 052011
 

Institute for Pastoral Theology LogoOngoing Catholic Education for adults is a concern for the New Evangelization. Here in St. Louis, Ave Maria University offers a program in Pastoral Theology and awards a Masters Degree. You can think of Pastoral Theology as something like Applied Theology. The program is meant for anyone whose duties include religious education: DREs, religion teachers, deacons, homeschoolers, and leaders of lay apostolates will especially benefit. The program is also meant to be one of personal formation and calls students to a personal holiness as emphasized by Pope John Paul II in Christifidelis Laici and is quite appropriate for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the rational basis for The Faith. Continue reading »

Jun 302011
 

Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI – on @news_va_en

Pope Benedict is ahead of Credo: we don’t have a Twitter feed. But the Holy Father has, and he used it to announce the launch of what looks like a comprehensive Vatican News Service website, appropriately, on the Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul and the 60th anniversary of his ordination. Wow. It looks like the new website collects stories of interest from other Vatican sources, and organizes them all in one place. This is similar to the plan for Credo’s website, except we plan to focus primarily on St. Louis.

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Jun 132011
 

One difficulty faced by the Church in this past century has some irony about it: just as more and more people are learning to read and books are becoming more available, actual literacy has fallen. This makes it difficult to produce good Christian and Catholic art — there is no audience for it. There is a chicken and egg problem: without a market, talented writers will go elsewhere, as pointed out in 1957 by Flannery O’Connor. And without good literature, any remaining popular interest (understandably) wanes. But in the early part of the 20th century, there was a rich and robust group of Catholic and Merely Christian writers, informing, debating, and entertaining in the popular press. The greatest of these was G.K Chesterton. Continue reading »

Jan 012011
 

A stylized web browser address bar“New horizons are now open that were until recently unimaginable; they stir our wonder at the possibilities offered by these new media” – Pope Benedict XVI

As you can see, Credo has a new website. In the past our website has been used almost exclusively as a place to announce our Forums and we had barely begun to exploit the possibilities of the medium. Continue reading »

Aug 122008
 

Credo members having a special interest in liturgical matters will want to know that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have made the English translation of the Third Edition of the Ordinary Use (Mass of Paul VI ) of the Roman Missal available on this web page.

A cursory examination reveals that the translation is more literal: for example et cum spirito tuo is no longer paraphrased as and also with you. And pro multis is actually translated now: for many instead of editorialized-about with for all. They still cave in to the inclusive language crowd: the preferred word for fratres is brethern, but they’ll permit brothers and sisters. The Roman Cannon (aka Eucharistic Prayer I) sounds fairly traditional again. All in all, an improvement.
May 182008
 

On Saturday, June 28th Women for Faith & Family is hosting a Day of Recollection to mark the 20th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem with Bishop Robert Hermann at the Cardinal Rigali Center beginning with Lauds at 8:30 a.m. and going all day. Breakfast & Lunch are included in the $35 registration fee. Family pricing is available. Click here and scroll down a bit for more information.

Liturgical music aficionados will be pleased to know that Fr. Samuel Weber is leading the music for the Divine Office and Holy Mass. For more information read the Adoremus article on Fr. Weber.