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Why Catholic?

 whycatholicThe Archdiocese of Boston offers a faith formation and evangelization program for adults to explore the richness of their Catholic faith, deepen their relationship with Christ and share more fully in the mission of the Church. Simply titled Why Catholic? , the four-year program is solidly based on Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Participants receive in-depth information and insight into core beliefs, the sacraments, morality, and prayer.

Why Catholic? , developed by RENEW International, is offered in Boston in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Lithuanian, Haitian -Creole and includes workshops, retreats, and meetings as small communities to share how we relate Catholic teaching to everyday life.

Successfully implemented in over 1,300 parishes in the United States, the program covers the basic teachings of the Church in terms of what we believe, celebrate, live, and pray. Throughout the entire process the program provides direction for strong evangelization outreach.

For more information, please contact Mary Ann McLaughlin or Ann Cussen, Office of Spiritual Life, email: whycatholic@rcab.org or phone: 617-779-3640.

Why Catholic? LIVE: Catholic Moral TeachingRENEW's Sr. Marie Cooper presented this training for Why Catholic? Parish Teams and Small Community Leaders in the Archdiocese of Boston. 

VIDEO:  Why Catholic? Boston Small Community Leader Workshop    




Year Four Timeline   

LIVE September 2015 Workshops:     September 16 - 19 
  Sign - Up Sunday 2015: September 19/20
LIVE Why Catholic faith sharing begins Week of October 4, 2015


SEPT 2015…. LIVE Faith Event: Why Catholics Work For Justice        

Explores biblical justice and presents the principles of Catholic social teaching and how they call us to live as faithful and committed followers of Jesus in today’s world. Provides a practical process for prayer, reflection, and action leading to personal and communal outreach. Includes a review of Sessions 7 to 12 of LIVE: Christian Morality.


Free webinar for all Small Community Leaders - new or experienced - addresses what leaders need to know to be better facilitators of their small communities.  Please go to: http://www.renewintl.org/RENEW/Index.nsf/vpages/WhyCathServices?opendocument 


Turning Points

Pope Paul VI said that people learn more from witnesses than from teachers. Pope Francis, in The Joy of the Gospel, wrote, “All of us are called to offer others an explicit witness to the saving love of the Lord.”
You, your friends, and family can view and discuss RENEW International’s video series of witness stories. Catholic women and men, younger and older, in different circumstances, share their important turning points of faith, the moments when they recognized the touch of God in their lives. We hope they will inspire you to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit and the impact of faith in your own life and become encouraged to be a witness to others as well.