I have been re-reading Pope Francis’s first apostolic exhortation – Evangelium Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel. Check out paragraph 27:

I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation. The renewal of structures demanded by pastoral conversion can only be understood in this light: as part of an effort to make them more mission-oriented, to make ordinary pastoral activity on every level more inclusive and open, to inspire in pastoral workers a constant desire to go forth and in this way to elicit a positive response from all those whom Jesus summons to friendship with himself.

Talk about a perfect summary of the mission of St. Andrew Missionaries! It was the, “missionary impulse,” to disciple young people that started St. Andrew Missionaries over one year ago. Now, that work is beginning to yield fruit. St. Andrew Missionaries is excited to announce new partnerships for 2017-2018.

New partnerships for St. Andrew Missionaries

Dowling Catholic High School, Des Moines, IA

I traveled to Des Moines, IA earlier this week to meet with Bishop Sharon (sp?) and the leadership of Dowling Catholic High School. I am excited to announce that the high school will be launching small group discipleship as a part of the follow-up to their successful Kairos program. They are hiring a new position that will be working exclusively on the development of these groups. I have contracted with Dowling to offer training for their team for the next 12 months.

Diocese of Fort Worth, TX

I am also headed to the Diocese of Fort Worth, TX in a couple weeks to begin work on a new, 12 month contract with St. Andrew Missionaries. The diocese is moving in the direction of discipleship for their youth ministry and they are contracting with St. Andrew Missionaries for the next year. In addition, I also will have the opportunity to keynote as part of their Pro-Life bootcamp for teenagers.

Archdiocese of Denver

I am meeting with the Highlands deanery in the Archdiocese of Denver on May 16. Please keep this meeting in prayer. We are working to see what we St. Andrew Missionaries can provide some assistance in developing discipleship for teens for several of the small parishes in this deanery.

New Book Deal!

I recently signed a contract for my second book – The Catholic Youth Ministry Problem. The book will be released by Sophia Institute Press in the Spring of 2018!

Also, this past month, I was published in the catechetical journal of my alma mater – Franciscan University of Steubenville. You need a subscription to read the full article in the Catechetical Review, but the article can be found here.

Update on the health of my father-in-law

As some of you know, my father-in-law suffered a major cardiac episode on April 25th. His organs started to fail and we did not think that he was going to live through the sudden medical emergency. After receiving Anointing of the Sick, Craig started to come around. He had successful open-heart bypass surgery on April 28 and he is already back at home and recovering. Thank you all for your prayers!