Katie Bogner’s new book “We Have a Pope”

Pope Francis is seen on the loggia, or balcony, of St. Peter's Basilica shortly after his election as pope on March 13, 2013. Catholic News Service Photo/ Paul Haring

Reviewed By Matthew Vander Vennet Habemus papam! “We have a pope!” Those exciting words are waited for each time a papal conclave to elect the next successor to St. Peter takes place in Rome. With those words, the new pontiff emerges onto the loggia (balcony) and takes his place in history. Each papal conclave provides […]

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Plans great, prayers better — “Made for Mission” book review

Reviewed by Father Luke Spannagel Blessed day to you all!  I’m joyful to say I am back again with another book which Bishop Lou has given to the priests of our Diocese.  In Made for Mission, Tim Glemkowski provides another opportunity to grow in our understanding of Evangelization and Discipleship, as well as many practical […]

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Faith-filled books excellent for sharing with children around the Christmas tree

Reviewed by Katie Bogner One of my favorite places to read this time of year is near the Christmas tree. The sparkling lights create a cozy and cheery atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a good book. This is especially true when reading together with your children, grandchildren, or godchildren. As you gather around the Christmas tree […]

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‘Ahead of his time’: Father Ed Dowling and the great gift of accompanying others

Reviewed by Lindsey Weishar Dawn Eden Goldstein’s 2022 book, “Father Ed: The Story of Bill W’s Spiritual Sponsor,” tells the story of Father Ed Dowling, a Jesuit priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis whose passion for accompanying the suffering led him to friendship with Bill Wilson, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. Demonstrating […]

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Author suggests ‘Four Ways Forward’ for parishes in our post-Christian world

Reviewed by Father Luke Spannagel If you are keeping up with the books Bishop Lou is sharing with the priests, then perhaps you are ready for the next one on the list:  “The Four Ways Forward” by Susan Windley-Daoust. She is the director of missionary discipleship for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester in Minnesota. As the […]

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Levering’s book explores Newman’s concerns on doctrinal corruption

Reviewed by Dr. Matthew Vander Vennet Word on Fire Academic has recently published a work on St. John Henry Newman by the inimitable Dr. Matthew Levering titled “Newman on Doctrinal Corruption.” Newman has many claims to fame, but chief among those claims lies his thoughts on the development of Christian doctrine over the centuries. In fact, […]

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Books perfect for the Eucharistic Revival

Reviewed by Katie Bogner As we enter into the second year of the National Eucharistic Revival, our focus turns to reviving our parishes. Strengthening the faithful celebration of Holy Mass and eucharistic adoration might be supported with an unlikely tool — picture books! While intended for the youngest of Catholics, the whole family can benefit from […]

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New book explores boundaries with grace

Reviewed by Nancy Piccione Most people understand that health is a lifelong practice on a physical level — you don’t “get healthy” once and then abandon the healthy habits that led to it, such as eating well, getting adequate sleep, exercise, and reducing stress. Our bodies, our lives, are gifts from God, and as disciples, we […]

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‘Exorcism’: Powerful, well-reasoned read on why we should choose good over evil

Reviewed by Nancy Piccione When I mentioned to my editor that I was considering reviewing a book on exorcism, she said it would be timely because there’s a new film out that’s related. It’s called “The Pope’s Exorcist,” and the movie is (very) loosely based on the life of exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth, an exorcist […]

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