Many parishes struggle to maintain a vibrant, engaged Catholic community that is committed to evangelization in the modern world. The National Center for Evangelization & Parish Renewal was founded in 1984 to assist churches with the skills and resources needed to become more mission driven and focused on holistic evangelization. Directed by Fr. Pat Brennan, D.Min., Psy.D, who has more than 25 years of experience leading evangelization and parish renewal efforts, the Center offers a variety of missions, retreats and training modules to achieve these goals. The services provided by the Center can be structured to meet the specific needs of your individual parish.


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Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday A reflection on the readings for April 21, 2011               What was in the mind of Jesus the night before he died?  What was in the mind of Jesus when he gathered with his apostles for that first Holy Thursday meal?  Those are questions that were asked some years ago by a [...]

Homily for March 6, 2011

Built on Rock?              In 1992, my mother and I bought a townhouse in a southwest suburb of Chicago. There were about 50 homes in the development that we moved into. The homes were built next to a wetland that was transformed into a beautiful park. During our first year there something happened to a [...]

Homily for February 13, 2011

Tough Decisions          Anthony Ruff, O.S.B. is a Benedictine monk and a professor of liturgy.  He recently sent an open letter to the United States Catholic Bishops on some forthcoming liturgical changes to be implemented next Advent within the United States.  Ruff wrote:  “Your Eminences, Your Excellencies: With a heavy heart, I have recently made [...]

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