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Sep 30

Great Catholic Parishes: How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive

A book event

What is really happening in the Catholic Church in North America? Are parishes thriving or dying? Is dissatisfaction among Catholics growing or are they becoming more engaged in the evangelizing mission of the Church? In 2012, businessman, professor, and philanthropist William E. Simon Jr. founded Parish Catalyst, an organization devoted to researching and supporting the health and development of Catholic parishes. Great Catholic Parishes looks at his insights and the success stories of 244 vibrant parishes to show what makes them great.

In Great Catholic Parishes, Simon shares his own personal stories, helpful ideas, strategic advice, and practical strategies from pastors of exceptional parishes. He also offers anecdotes about lay ministry development initiatives and reworking religious education so that it is family focused and web-based. You will also learn creative solutions to familiar challenges such as spiritual stagnation among parishioners, reconciling diverse needs in the parish, allowing the pastor to focus on pastoring and preaching, and reaching youth and young adults who leave the Church in disproportionate numbers.

William E. Simon Jr. is Founder and Chairman of Parish Catalyst. He is the author, with Michael Novak, of Living the Call: An Introduction to the Lay Vocation. Simon serves as Co-Chairman of the investment firm William E. Simon & Sons and the William E. Simon Foundation as well as adjunct professor in UCLA’s law school and economics department. Early in his career, Simon was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and later was the 2002 Republican gubernatorial nominee in California. For many years, he and his wife, Cindy, have helped those in need by underwriting scholarships, athletic and recreational programs, and faith-based efforts in urban areas.

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William E. Simon, Jr.

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Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy Read More