eScribe, January 2013
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January, 2013
Siena eScribe
The Newsletter of the Catherine of Siena Institute
Vol XVI, No 1

We know it's been a long time between emails - years, in fact! Fr Mike Fones was made Student Master for the Dominican Province and Sherry's been keeping uber-busy with all the travel, teaching, and writing a book: Forming Intentional Disciples.

We have lots of information to pass along so please, read on!


Making Disciples Seminar

Lily Logo no background The next Making Disciples Seminar will take place in Colorado Springs, June 23-27.
Making Disciples is a four-day workshop that trains parish leaders to foster an awakening of personal faith in Christ and intentional discipleship.
Would you like to see:
  • Your parish filled with enthusiastic worshippers?
  • Lapsed Catholics returning to the practice of faith?
  • Growth in stewardship and giving?
  • Parents actively passing on the faith to  their children?
  • Faith formation classes filled with eager participants?
  • New ministry leaders?
  • More priestly and religious vocations?                 
  • A vibrant, life-changing RCIA process?
The evangelizing awareness and skills learned in Making Disciples are being used by diocesan and parish leaders as part of Catholics Come Home outreaches, in RCIA, evangelization, young adult and campus ministry, gifts and vocational discernment, and in
nearly any kind of ministry situation imaginable.
These skills are also being used by Catholics with family, friends, and co-workers in secular settings.

Time: Sun, June 23, 6:00 PM to Thurs, June 27, 12:00 Noon.
Cost: All-inclusive, $850; Commuter Rate: $550
Registration Deadline: May 17
To register: contact Austin Eli,
Link for more information
Download the brochure


Forming Intentional Disciples is making waves

Forming Intentional DisciplesSherry's new book, Forming Intentional Disciples - The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus, was published in July 2012 by Our Sunday Visitor. From humble beginnings, the book has made a dramatic impact on the Catholic world. The book is providing insight, enthusiasm and hope for almost everyone who reads it. It has received very enthusiastic responses from bishops, pastors, diocesan and parish staff, and individual members of the laity.

The book has been written about on many Catholic blogs. Brandon Vogt listed it at #7 in his 15 favorite books of 2012. On the Catholic World Report website Mark Brumley included it on his 2012 top books list. Also this month, two bishops have discussed the book on their blogs:
Bishop Paul Etienne of Wyoming: Vocation: What's Yours?
Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, WA: "God has no grandchildren"

In the Diocese of Lansing, a one-day workshop on Forming Intentional Disciples for a parish has become a diocesan level event with the bishop offering free attendance to every priest, deacon, and lay leader in his diocese.

The workload generated by the book’s continued success is both exciting and overwhelming.  Sherry will be on the road for the next 10 weekends in a row and in Australia and Singapore for the whole month of May. The whole year is booked solid.

The timing of the book's publication in conjunction with the Year of Faith has certainly been a factor in the high level of interest. But the fact that so many people have responded with such excitement and enthusiasm shows that the Holy Spirit is at work.

Click here to purchase a copy of Forming Intentional Disciples



Living the Catholic Faith Conference

Sherry Weddell is one of four keynote speakers at the upcoming Stand Firm in the Faith LCF imageLiving the Catholic Faith Conference in Denver, March 1 & 2.
The keynote address on Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
 will be:
"God has no grandchildren: Evangelizing post-modern Catholics". In addition, Sherry will present a workshop, Friday, 11:00 am: "Setting the Whole World on Fire!"

Click here for the whole conference schedule


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