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For the Record XV
The Last in a Series of Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
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Books for Clergy:
A Bishop and His Priests Together
Daily Bread
De Seminarista a Sacerdote Diocesano
El Párroco Como Director Espiritual
From Seminarian to Diocesan Priest
Intentional Presbyterates
Intentional Presbyterates: the Workbook
Personal Growth Plan: A Handbook for Priests
Presbiterados Intencionales  
The Character of a Pastor in Exercising Authority  
The Spiritual Leadership of a Parish Priest
Ubasteri Kusudiwa
Việc Linh Hướng Của Một Cha Xứ
Homilies / Spiritual Reading:
The Lord Is Close to the
     Brokenhearted

A Passion for Personal and
    Vocational Excellence

Affirming Goodness  
An Encouraging Word  
One Heart at a Time
Sunday Nights
For the Record Book Series:
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PRAYER CARDS
- in English and SpanishA Priest's Prayer for His PresbyterateSeminarian's Prayer for Priests of His Diocese and • Catholics Prayer for their Priests. Click HERE to download.
Priestly Examination of Conscience
From The Institute for Priests and PresbyteratesHYMN for the GATHERING of PRIESTS and PRESBYTERATES (“Lord and Teacher You Have Called Us”) Click HERE for more info or to download.

 
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Intentional Presbyterates:
Claiming Our Common Sense of Purpose as Diocesan Priests
This small book was one of the first to attempt to collect in one place all of what the church has to say about the radical communitarian dimension of ordained ministry, reflect on it and offer practical suggestion for teaching it in seminaries and sharing it with priests already in ministry. (60 pgs.) View Table of Contents

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Intentional Presbyterates: THE WORKBOOK
This workbook, a companion to Intentional Presbyterates, is meant to offer structures and resources to dioceses and priests who are ready to say “no” to the “priests in private practice” model of the past and the growing “tribalism” model of today. This workbook is meant to help presbyterates enunciate a shared vision. No two dioceses are alike. The ideas and resources for presbyetral gatherings contained within this workbook are meant to be adapted and built upon whenever possible and wherever needed. (8 X 10, 72. pgs) View Table of Contents

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Presbiterados Intencionales
SPANISH EDITION - Intentional Presbyterates

Este pequeño libro fue uno de los primeros para tratar de reunir en un solo lugar todo lo que la iglesia tiene que decir sobre la dimensión comunitaria radical del ministerio ordenado, reflexionar y ofrecer una sugerencia práctica para enseñar en seminarios y compartirlo con los sacerdotes ya en el Ministerio.(60 páginas) Ver la Tabla de Contenido

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SWAHILI EDITION - Intentional Presbyterates
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From Seminarian to Diocesan Priest:
Managing a Successful Transition
The transition from Catholic seminary and into ministry can be somewhat problematic for some young priests - so problematic that statistically 10% - 15% of them leave ministry within their first five years. The book Is chock full of accumulated wisdom and practical suggestions to help young priests manage their own successful transition. It is being used or recommended by several seminaries and vocation directors. (114 pgs.) View Table of Contents

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De Seminarista a Sacerdote Diocesano: Cómo Manejar con Éxito laTransición
SPANISH EDITION - From Seminarian to Diocesan Priest
La transición del seminario católico y al Ministerio puede ser algo problemática para algunos sacerdotes jóvenes - tan problemáticos que estadísticamente 10% - 15% de ellos deja Ministerio dentro de sus primeros cinco años. El libro esta lleno de sabiduría acumulada y sugerencias prácticas para ayudar a jóvenes sacerdotes a manejar su propia transición exitosa. Está siendo utilizado o recomendados por diversos seminarios y directores de vocación.
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The Spiritual Leadership of a Parish Priest:
On Being Good and Being Good At It
One of the most critical Issues facing American Catholicism is the quality of Its priestly leadership. There are many how-to resources on pastoral techniques, but very few on spiritual leadership. The author defines spiritual leadership as the ability to influence people internally to move from where they are to where God wants them to be and pastoral leadership as the ability to skillfully use the rites, rules and rituals of the Church to make that happen. Seminaries spend a lion share of their time emphasizing personal piety, but priests today must not only be good personally, they must be good at what they do. (143 pgs.) View Table of Contents

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El Párroco Como Director Espiritual: Ser Bueno y Ser Bueno En Lo Que Haces
SPANISH EDITION - The Spiritual Leadership of a Parish Priest
Uno de los temas más críticos que enfrenta el catolicismo estadounidense es la calidad de su liderazgo sacerdotal. Hay muchos cómo-a los recursos en los métodos pastorales, pero muy pocos en el liderazgo espiritual. El autor define el liderazgo espiritual como la capacidad de influir en las personas internamente para moverse de donde están a donde Dios quiere que sean y el liderazgo pastoral como la capacidad de utilizar con habilidad los ritos, reglas y rituales de la Iglesia para que esto suceda. Seminarios pasan la mayor parte de su tiempo haciendo hincapié en la piedad personal, pero los sacerdotes de hoy no sólo deben ser buenos personalmente, deben ser buenos en lo que hacen. (152 páginas) Ver la Tabla de Contenido


Việc Linh Hướng Của Một Cha Xứ: Dựa Trên Việc Sống Tốt Và Làm Tốt
VIETNAMESE EDITION - The Spiritual Leadership of a Parish Priest

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A Bishop and His Priests Together:
Resources for Building More Intentional Presbyterates
This book may be the first serious collection of resources to help bishops and priest councils build the unity of their presbyterates so they can offer more effective and coherent ministry to the People of God. It has overviews of the theology of presbyterates and offers many practical suggestions for strengthening the communitarian dimension of ordained ministry. Besides essays written by the editor, it also contains essays written by bishops and other priests. (193 pgs.)
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The Character of a Pastor in Exercising Authority
This book is a contemporary summary of St. Bonaventure's timeless 13th century work, The Six Wings of the Seraph, in which he describes six qualities that should guide men charged with governing a Christian community. His words are amazingly appropriate even in the 21st century. Priests, especially pastors, are called to be teachers of the Word, ministers of the sacraments and leaders of the community. This short book (30 pages), addresses the character of the pastor himself and how it affects his leadership role within the community. (30 pgs.)
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Personal Growth Plan: A Handbook for Priests
The one thing that all successful pastoral leaders have in common is their drive for improvement — both in who one is and what one does — a fierce commitment to their own lifelong formation and an unflinching quest for personal excellence. This workbook is used in ongoing formation programs at the Institute for Priests and Presbyerates at St. Meinrad School of Theology. It provides a framework for priests to examine their lives, both ministerial and personal, and set goals for growth. In this handbook, many different areas of focus and growth are recommended. It is your job, through prayerful discernment, to put in place a manageable plan that has realistic goals and healthy benchmarks for evaluation. You will be amazed at how such a simple tool in your life can lead to radical transformation. (54 pgs., 8x10)
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Daily Bread: A Handbook for Priests Learning to Cook for Themselves
When I was Saint Meinrad Seminary’s Director of the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates, I led the development of programs for those transitioning out of the seminary, those becoming pastors for the first time, international priests acclimating to American culture and seasoned pastors living alone. One thing became obvious – many did not know how to cook simple healthy meals for themselves. Most priests today live alone, without traditional housekeepers who do the shopping and cooking. Many priests today eat on the run, many times eating carry outs or junk food, often late in the evening after a very busy day. This book, authored by Tim Schoenbachler, was written specifically for priests who want to learn how to cook. It details everything you need to know: which tools and pots and pans you need, what you need in your pantry, information about cuts of meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables and basic techniques for preparing a recipe and much more. There are over 80 simple recipes with many that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Where possible recipe amounts are geared to single servings. I highly recommend this book! (160 pgs., 8-1/2x11)
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COOKING: A Guide for Beginners
This is the same book as Daily Bread, but a non-clergy edition. A great gift for a graduate, a single person or anyone looking for a good basic cookbook. View Table of Contents

 
HOMILIES / SPIRITUALITY


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The Lord Is Close to the Brokenhearted
The Blue Christmas Mass is a tradition begun in 2011 at Our Lady of the Woods Chapel by Fr. Ronald Knott, chaplain at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. It was the result of an article he wrote for The Record which noted that for many the Christmas season can be more depressing than uplifting. “Not everybody finds this time of year to be a happy time. People lose relatives, parents lose children. For a lot of people there is a great deal of sadness. This book is a collection of Fr. Knott's homilies given at the past five Blue Christmas Masses. He offers them as a comfort to those who find Christmas a painful time.  (42 pgs.) 

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A Passion for Personal and Vocational Excellence:
A Dozen Bellarmine University Baccalaureate Exhortations

A collection of homilies given at Baccalaureate Masses at Bellarmine University. Themes are aimed at young men and women about to embark on a new phase in their lives, themes such as making wise choices and decisions, being good and good at it, building a life on a solid rock, integrity, creating oneself and more.  (66 pgs.) 

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Affirming Goodness
This book is a collection of the most memorable and universally themed articles from my weekly column, An Encouraging Word, which began appearing in my diocesan newspaper, The Record, in 2002. My goal was to be a voice of God's affirmation and encouragement for ordinary people going about their daily lives. This is a book of "spiritual reading" that deals with such topics as hope, courage, forgiveness, gratitude, holiness, fear, trust and more. There are 70 articles gathered in this book which also includes a collection of the nearly 200 thought-provoking quotes cited in the articles in the book. (200 pgs.) View Table of Contents

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Sunday Nights - Encouraging Words for Young Adults
One of the many choices facing young adults in every age is whether to embrace or discard all or part of their religious upbringing. Most of them, especially during the turmoil of adolescence, go through some degree of rebellion. Some do not make it through that period of sorting and sifting, but many do make it, and begin their own personal faith journeys. It is to this group that I have especially addressed this collection of homilies, almost all of them delivered in St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel. (125 pgs.) View Table of Contents

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One Heart at a Time - Renewing the Church in the New Millennium
This collection of homilies answers the question that so many people asked me after reading An Encouraging Word: “Where does one go after one grasps the fact that God loves us without condition?” The answer is simply this: after conversion comes transformation. In the first book, I spoke of "conversion” as waking up to the fact that we are loved by God, without condition. In this second book, I speak of “transformation” as that gradual change which is possible within us once we have been awakened to and cooperate with God’s unconditional love. (144 pgs.)
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An Encouraging Word - Renewed Hearts, Renewed Church
Ronald Knott’s homilies have been gathered together so that they might give an encouraging word to all who look to Christ as a source of healing and hope. They have been arranged in view of the unfolding of the Christian mystery: from anticipation of Christ’s coming, through his life, ministry, and death, to his resurrection and new life in the church through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. ... these words will be all the more profitable when read together with those passages from Scripture which they seek to illuminate.  – from the Foreword by Michael Downey (143 pgs.) View Table of Contents

  FOR THE RECORD Book Series

These popular, short, direct, practical, down-to-earth essays on a variety of spiritual and religious issues are directed to ordinary Catholics trying to live a life of faith. Five hundred words each, these essays were originally published as weekly columns under the name of An Encouraging Word In the Archdiocese of Louisville's weekly paper, THE RECORD. There are approximately 50 essays per book.
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For the Record XV:
The Last in a Series of Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2016 - SEPT 2017)
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For the Record XIV:
More Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2015 - SEPT 2016)
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For the Record XIII:
Another Year of Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2014 - SEPT 2015)
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For the Record XII:
Twelfth Year of Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2013 - SEPT 2014)
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For the Record XI:
Eleventh Year of Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2012 - SEPT 2013)
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For the Record X:
Celebrating Ten Years of Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2011 - SEPT 2012)
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For the Record IX:
Continuing Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2010 - SEPT 2011)
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For the Record VIII:
Ongoing Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2009 - SEPT 2010)
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For the Record VII:
Even Still More Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2008 - SEPT 2009)
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For the Record VI:
Still Yet More Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2007 - SEPT 2008)
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For the Record V:
Yet More Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2006 - SEPT 2007)
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For the Record IV:
Even More Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2005 - SEPT 2006)
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For the Record III:
Still More Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2004 - SEPT 2005)
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For the Record II:
More Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2003 - SEPT 2004)
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For the Record I:
Encouraging Words for Ordinary Catholics
(OCT 2002 - SEPT 2003)
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