Current Participants

Organizations who have participated and/or are currently participating in the Notre Dame Preaching Academy:

2018 cohort

  • Diocese of Dallas, TX

  • Diocese of Joliet, IL

  • Diocese of Kalamazoo, MI

  • Diocese of Victoria, TX

2017 cohort

  • Diocese of Kalamazoo, MI

  • Archdiocese of New York, NY

2016 cohort

  • Archdiocese of Louisville, KY

  • Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN

  • Holy Cross Congregation, South Bend, IN

  • Diocese of Fort Wayne / South Bend, IN

Preaching Academy News

June 19-21, 2018: The 2017 and 2018 cohorts will come together on the University of Notre Dame campus as they open and/or close their one-year preaching renewal process.

April-May, 2018: Fr. Mike and Dr. Karla travel to Texas, Illinois, and Michigan to do in-person orientation sessions for each of the new Preaching Academy cohorts.

January, 2018: The 2017 cohort meets at the Franciscan Retreat House in Tampa, Florida for a week of refreshment and learning. 

Fr Bob Flickinger SmallerFr. Bob Flickinger, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake in Edwardsburg, MI, enjoys a moment of reading and refreshment by the river in Tampa, FL, January, 2018.

July, 2017: The 2017 Preaching Academy cohort begins its year of prayer, study, and preaching renewal. Bishop Paul Bradley of Kalamazoo will be hosting his peer-learning group at his residence as he participates with seven of his priests in renewing the preaching within their diocese. Seven priests from the archdiocese of New York will join together at Dunwoodie Seminary to hear each other preach, pray and support one another in their homilies.  The curriculum that we have designed focuses on "Preaching for Encounter" - eight monthly units first focus on the preacher's personal spiritual renewal and then move to how to effectively move their parishioners to a relationship with God in a life of discipleship and mission.

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 University, Fuller Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University. The University of Notre Dame is one of the two Catholic organizations to be so endowed and the only Catholic institution actively involved in creating peer-learning groups of priests.

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

Conveners For WebConveners for the 2016 cohort pilot phase 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.

September, 2015: The Notre Dame Preaching Academy held its first conveners' meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, in September, 2015.