Would you like to be more effective in your preaching?
Are you worried about empty pews?
Are you looking for practical ways to help your people encounter God?
Consider the Notre Dame Preaching Academy!
The Marten Program partners with dioceses and religious congregations to help clergy to flourish in their preaching ministry. We customarily begin by working with a bishop's office for continuing formation. Once the bishop approves his diocese's participation, that office recruits a convener who then seeks out priests to join in this learning process. This is not a remedial program in preaching; we begin with those preachers who are leaders in their dioceses and want to throw their heart and soul into their preaching so that their people encounter God.
We do not accept individuals on their own. If you yourself are interested in this preaching renewal process, please take the initiative to talk to your bishop’s office about gathering a group of priests or deacons.
A diocese, eparchy or religious congregation agrees to support their priests’ growth in preaching by providing for the travel expenses for the participants. For the conferences and workshops, costs of registration, food, and lodging to date have been covered by the Preaching Academy.
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The program asks each participant to make a one-year commitment to his renewal as a preacher. After one year, the peer learning group may continue to meet and support each other's preaching. Our hope is that the bond becomes so fruitful that a group chooses to stay together.
“Entering into this process with a small group of our priests continues to energize and inspire me. Having three hours of prayerful and fraternal time together each month has been very enriching in my own spiritual life, and it has deepened the bond between me and the priests who are participating. The background materials that are provided for us are theologically sound and Scripturally stimulating. This has made me much more conscious of the great opportunity that preaching God’s word provides for me, and even more determined to do my very best to bring the joy of the Gospel to all.”Bishop Paul J. Bradley, 2017 cohort, Diocese of Kalamazoo