The preface situates the thesis in the context of the author’s personal interest in the ministry of preaching, the significance of the preaching ministry in his religious community and its relevance in the context of the second Vatican Council’s universal call to renewal.
In the first chapter the author provides the rationale for the thesis project within the framework of insufficient sacramental catechesis and formation. He then briefly introduces the potential in Parish Mission preaching and the RCIA process with particular attention paid to the period of mystagogy and how these two ministries can contribute to the formation of Catholic identity.
Chapter two primarily deals with the ministry of Parish Mission preaching. After a brief historical survey which includes the American experience, the author turns to the life and times of St. Louis Marie De Montfort and the contribution his method and his spirituality have added to this ministry.
A brief discussion on conversion in general and conversion in the Bible forms the first part of the third chapter. The relevance of the RCIA process with special attention given to mystagogical preaching is discussed in the second part. Several selected passages from Year A lectionary readings of the Easter season that have preaching potential on the seven characteristics of conversion in the Bible form the content of the third part of this chapter.
The fourth chapter presents the methodology and content of a Parish Mission preaching event held in the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island in Eastport in May 2010, which combined the methods of the Montfortian Parish Mission preaching and mystagogical preaching using Easter season readings. A qualitative research method in the questionnaire format concludes this chapter.
Chapter five discusses the outcome of the preaching event based on evaluations from the participants and the preaching team, suggests avenues for further development, and ends with some concluding thoughts.
|Commitee:||Garrido, Ann, Harris, Daniel, Pazdan, Mary Margaret, Vincie, Catherine|
|School:||Aquinas Institute of Theology|
|School Location:||United States -- Missouri|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/12, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clerical studies, Theology|
|Keywords:||Catechesis, Mystagogy, Ongoing formation, Parish mission, Preaching, Renewal|
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