by Gerald Tortorella
As has been reported in these pages, I will retire later this year as the Director of the Pastoral Institute of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s School of Evangelization. I was honored at the recent Commissioning Ceremony and honored with the National Association for Lay Ministry’s Spirit of the Conference Award. Now it is my turn to recognize and honor those persons who accompanied me along this journey.
Richmond Hill is the place for young adults to connect with faith and friends on Thursday evenings this June as the Grilling With God Series returns to Holy Child Jesus parish for a seventh year.
Sponsored by the diocesan School of Evangelization’s Pastoral Institute, 35 men and women completed the three-year course that prepares the laity to assume leadership roles in the Church.
The National Association for Lay Ministry will present its Spirit of the Conference Award to Gerald Tortorella, director of the diocesan Pastoral Institute, at its 41st annual conference in June.
Father Robert Lauder and the Office of Faith Formation, School of Evangelization, will present the 53rd Friday Film Festival at the Immaculate Conception Pastoral Center in Douglaston, on six Fridays this spring.
Finding the best ways to accompany and strengthen local families on their journey of faith was the focus of a lay ministry conference in Flushing last Saturday.
When Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”) was published, the media highlighted points like communion for the divorce. But the nearly 900 people who attended this year’s Diocesan Evangelization Congress dedicated a day to studying the entire document.
Holy Doors, a noted historian, church and street art and a wedding were among the different and sometimes unexpected ways Catholics experienced faith and fellowship on a walking pilgrimage in Brooklyn, Oct. 15.
Starting Oct. 2, parishioners throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn will experience a comprehensive process of evangelization and spiritual renewal through programs developed by RENEW International called “ARISE Together in Christ.”
Thirty-three new participants are joining the 100 others currently participating in the diocesan Lay Ministry Program. At an orientation session, the School of Evangelization’s Pastoral Institute welcomed them as they begin their formal training to serve as lay pastoral leaders in parishes.