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Welcome, Preachers!

Our new semester begins September 1, 2016. Please login and check your password so that you will be prepared!


What is new?

The fall curriculum is entitled, "Preaching for Encounter." We will look at what it means to bring our people into an encounter with Jesus Christ through Sunday liturgical preaching. Practical insights about encounter will be peppered throughout the semester. We will look at listener receptivity, mystagogical preaching, how the language of spirituality evokes and names the presence of God, as well as the use of story, image, and how to preach on Sunday so that your people will "preach" on Monday. Practical exercises and sample homilies will accompany each of the four sections. As your group meets each month, decide together where to focus your learning, according to the preaching goals that you have set for yourselves.

Organizations Currently Participating

Preaching Academy News

July, 2016: The Preaching Academy begins to recruit dioceses and religious congregations for participation in the Fall, 2017 cohort.

June, 2016: Preaching Academy members from the Archdiocese of Louisville attended the Notre Dame Liturgy Symposium in June of 2016. During the Thursday morning Marten-sponsored workshop on "Going Deeper in Preaching," Rev. John J. Stoltz, pastor of St. Aloysius in Pewee Valley, KY, shared how his prayer and contemplation deepened the quality of his preaching. Rev. Jeffrey Nicolas, rector of Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville, KY, offered practical wisdom about how to focus on the preparation of a homily within a busy parish life. 

March, 2016: The Lilly Endowment held a symposium for participants in its peer-learning preaching renewal project. There are eighteen organizations and institutions endowed in the project, including Princeton, Duke Univeristy, Fuller Theological Seminday and Southern Methodist University. The University of Notre Dame is one of the two Catholic organizations to be so endowed.

January, 2016: The University of Notre Dame launches its William A. Toohey, C.S.C., Notre Dame Preaching Academy endeavor with its first cohort of 23 priests.

Conveners For Web

September, 2015: The Notre Dame Preaching Academy held its first conveners' meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, in September, 2015. Conveners for the 2016 cohort and Academy directors include (L to R) Rev. Jeffrey Nicolas, Archdiocese of Louisville; Rev. Dustin Boehm, Archdiocese of Indianapolis; Rev. Michael Connors, CSC, Director; Rev. Robert Lougherty, CSC, Congregation of Holy Cross; Rev. Glenn Kohrman, Diocese of Fort Wayne / South Bend; Dr. Karla Bellinger, Associate Director.