In this volume Piderit and Morey discuss the problem of declining parishes and bring some solutions to light. The authors pinpoint four basic principles - narrative, norms, benefits, and practices - which have been used effectively by nuns to reach their parishioners for years. In addition, they prescribe creative applications of these principles to address specific problems such as Mass attendance, Eucharistic culture, prayer, and religious education.
Rev. John J. Piderit, S.J. is president of the Catholic Education Institute and former president of Loyola University Chicago. He is coauthor with Melanie M. Morey of Catholic Higher Education: A Culture in Crisis. Melanie Morey is senior director for research and consulting at NarrowGate Consulting, a division of the Catholic Education Institute.
Part 1 Foreward Part 2 Preface Part 3 Part I: The Framework Chapter 4 Chapter 1: The Parish Chapter 5 Chapter 2: Catholic Culture and the Sisterhoods - A Legacy of Strong Leadership Chapter 6 Chapter 3: Reclaiming the Sisters' Legacy Part 7 Part II: Issues for Parishes Chapter 8 Chapter 4: Mass Attendance Chapter 9 Chapter 5: Eucharistic Culture Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Penance - The Sacrament of Reconciliation Chapter 11 Chapter 7: Divine Intervention and Prayer Chapter 12 Chapter 8: Religious Education of Children and Adults Chapter 13 Chapter 9: Loving Service in a Faith Community Part 14 Part III: Issues for both Parishes and Dioceses Chapter 15 Chapter 10: Priest Shortage and Pastors Chapter 16 Chapter 11: Lay Leaders in the Parish Chapter 17 Chapter 12: Finances and Growth Chapter 18 Chapter 13: Politics and the Witness Community