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Bridges of Faith: Building a Relationship With a Sister Parish [Paperback]

By Dennis P. O'connor (Author)
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Pages   195
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.61" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 9, 2007
Publisher   Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN  0867165847  
EAN  9780867165845  


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"In Bridges of Faith, you will experience the values of social justice, solidarity, evangelization, joyful friendships and passion for twinning and faith-based partnerships. We look forward to collaborating with you, the reader, now and in the future, as we continue to watch and participate in the evolution of this bridge-building program that is so critical in God's Kingdom."-From the Foreword by Dr. Mike Gable, mission office director, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Bridges of Faith: Building a Relationship With a Sister Parish serves as the ultimate source and guidebook for members of churches, schools and other faith communities who would like to establish a faith-based partnership with a "twin" parish in another region or country. Bridges of Faith provides detailed accounts of how individuals and parishes have became involved in and initiated their own partnerships and what they have experienced in these fruitful and spirit-filled relationships. With this easy-to-read and helpful guidebook, anyone, anywhere can begin to build a bridge of faith and hope today.

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"In "Bridges of Faith," you will experience the values of social justice, solidarity, evangelization, joyful friendships and passion for twinning and faith-based partnerships. We look forward to collaborating with you, the reader, now and in the future, as we continue to watch and participate in the evolution of this bridge-building program that is so critical in God's Kingdom."--From the Foreword by Dr. Mike Gable, mission office director, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
"Bridges of Faith: Building a Relationship With a Sister Parish" serves as the ultimate source and guidebook for members of churches, schools and other faith communities who would like to establish a faith-based partnership with a "twin" parish in another region or country.
"Bridges of Faith" provides detailed accounts of how individuals and parishes have became involved in and initiated their own partnerships and what they have experienced in these fruitful and spirit-filled relationships. With this easy-to-read and helpful guidebook, anyone, anywhere can begin to build a bridge of faith and hope today.

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More About Dennis P. O'connor

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! DENNIS P. O'CONNOR, a veteran journalist with a quarter-century of experience as a writer and photographer, is managing editor of "The Catholic Telegraph," newspaper of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He has been published in dozens of newspapers and periodicals in North America and is a frequent contributor to the international wires of Religion News Service and Catholic News Service. He and his family have made sister parish pilgrimages to the American south and west, as well as El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

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It's all in here  Mar 22, 2008
In his opening chapter, O'Connor shares examples of twinning relationships on the international, national, diocesan, parish, and neighborhood levels. The stories show food drives; summer camps featuring multicultural faith experiences; and material and personal support for education, housing, and health care programs. "From the highlands of Guatemala to an inner-city parish in Baltimore; from a Navajo school in Arizona to a rural outpost in Kenya," O'Connor writes, these exchanges illustrate the opportunities and challenges of the twinning covenant. "In every sense responding to calls for partnership and solidarity... are recognition of the relationship we have as Christians."

The author is managing editor of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati newspaper and an active participant in twinning efforts in his parish. After much study and experience with twinning, O'Connor set about to produce a basic text for establishing sister-parish relationships. In Bridges of Faith, he weaves historical information and Church teaching with first-hand stories of mission trips and interviews with twinning veterans. Though heavy on experiences within the Roman Catholic community, O'Connor's material is suited to any faith-based group with "non-paternalistic, non-proselytizing ideals."

In addition to the narrative style, Bridges of Faith engages the reader with subheads and sidebars, such as (1) seven reasons for establishing faith-based partnerships, (2) planning and carrying out mission trips, and (3) activities to enrich and expand a sister parish relationship. Finally, O'Connor has included appendixes with sample documents for getting started and a list of organizations that can help identify potential partners. All in all, this is a truly valuable book for anyone involved in or considering a twinning relationship.
 

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