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Evangelical Counsels: Poverty
Michael A. Hayes

Pope Francis established a special Year of Consecrated Life to run from Advent 2014 to the Feast of the Presentation on 2 February 2016. In his letter1 establishing this special year he outlined three aims: to look at the past with gratitude, a call to live the present with passion, and to embrace the future with hope.

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With the ever-evolving needs of the Church, The Pastoral Review aims to reach all those actively involved in all aspects of pastoral responsibilities within the Church. By listening to what the spirit is saying to the Church through the reflecting on the scriptures (Rev.2:7), considering new pastoral initiatives and engaging in issues that impact on pastoral ministry, The Pastoral Review seeks to be a resource for the Church today.

Jan 01 2015


The Church is ApostolicEditorialThe Church is Apostolic
Michael A. Hayes
In the designation of the four marks of the Church found in the Christian Creeds – one, holy, catholic, apostolic – apostolic ...

A Cardinal’s reflection on the SynodContemporary TheologyA Cardinal’s reflection on the Synod
Vincent Nichols
Here Cardinal Vincent Nichols reflects on the Synod of Bishops on the Family held in October 2014. This text was also part of a ...

Go and teach all nations Ad GentesGo and teach all nations Ad Gentes
Bridget Tighe FMDM
In this article, Bridget Tighe of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood, explains how the Decree on the ...

The inspiration and truth of sacred scriptureThe inspiration and truth of sacred scripture
Ronald D. Witherup PSS
A new study of inspiration and the truth of scripture, placing it in the living tradition of the Church, is introduced in ...

Tapping into a folk traditionPast & PresentTapping into a folk tradition
Jonathan Luxmoore & Christine Ellis

Folk music is part of our cultural heritage and traditionally had a strong church connection. Catholic ...

Year of Consecrated Life 2015: The charism of Francis and Clare from the 13th to the 21st centuriesLeadership & MinistryYear of Consecrated Life 2015: The charism of Francis and Clare from the 13th to the 21st centuries
Patricia Rumsey
The Year of Consecrated Life began in November 2014. This article looks at contemporary Franciscan and Poor Clare life. Patricia ...

Year of Consecrated Life 2015 –The charism and mission of  JesuitsYear of Consecrated Life 2015 –The charism and mission of Jesuits
Gerald O’Collins SJ
Continuing our series on consecrated life, Gerald O’Collins SJ looks at Jesuit life past and present. The author is ...

Readers at the Eucharist: A special skill set?Readers at the Eucharist: A special skill set?
Thomas O’Loughlin
Readers at the Eucharist keep us connected to the performance tradition of travelling teachers, preachers and evangelists, ...

Getting Resourced: Lent for Catholic schoolsGetting Resourced: Lent for Catholic schools
Claire Fernandes
Claire Fernandes offers ideas for exploring Lent in Catholic schools. She draws on her experience as a lecturer in Primary RE and ...

Let us pray in good EnglishFocus OnLet us pray in good English
Jean Riordan
A Catholic lay woman writes of her dismay at the new translation of the Mass and her hope that the 1998 translation, never adopted, ...

The agrarian church. Christ as community todayThe agrarian church. Christ as community today
Edward P. Echlin
The agrarian lifestyle was lived by Jesus at Nazareth. Christians today can live agrarian lives caring for the land and all its ...

Row row row your boat...Row row row your boat...
Evleen Mann
Evleen Mann writes about rowing as a metaphor for the spiritual life. She is a member of the Dympna Circle, three women who write ...

Breaking The Word

Anthony Towey
Thursday 1 January
Mary the Mother of God
Numbers 6.22-27
Psalm 66.2-8
Galatians 4.4-7
Luke 2.16-21
The readings today at the start of a new year help to emphasize the revolutionary role Mary plays in redemption...
The Lectionary of the Church, in a careful and deliberate way, offers a rich selection of passages from the sacred scriptures for God’s people to ponder and savour. The choice gives the reader the opportunity to reflect ..