Where Things Are Going Right: Franciscan University School of Spiritual Direction
Description: We continue our new series Where Things Are Going Right, looking at places where the church, particularly the laity, are building the kingdom of God. Franciscan University has launched a new School of Spiritual Direction; taking John Henry Newman's motto "heart speaks to heart," the school helps to build spiritual directors who can meet the demand in the human heart to be known and loved. Director Robert Siemens joins us.
Robert Siemens is the director of the School of Spiritual Direction at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Previously he served at Franciscan as director of Pastoral Care and Evangelization. Before coming to work at Franciscan, Siemens served as the director of youth ministry in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and as the director of evangelization at the University of Colorado St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center in Boulder, Colorado. In 2013, he trained with the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality and earned a certification in spiritual direction. He has a particular passion for spiritual direction and Franciscan charism of ongoing conversion, particularly through ministry to men as beloved sons of God.
The 99: A New System for Evangelization (2 segments)
Description: What is life like at your parish? Does your parish struggle to bring in new people? Do you see the same faces at every event? Do you have a hard time finding volunteers? Are your young people disappearing? Your parish can be different. Mark Hart joins us with a look at the 99, a new system for Evangelization.
Mark Hart is executive vice-president of Life Teen International and the author of many books, including Unleashing the Power of Scripture: A Guide for Catholics. His weekly podcast and DVD Bible study resources have helped Catholics of all ages to read and study Scripture.