One of the unfortunate, unintended consequences of the professionalization of lay ministry since Vatican II has been the rise of silos separating roles and responsibilities on the parish staff. Reweaving the Ministries offers a biblically centered and pastorally relevant model for overcoming this compartmentalization. If every ministerial team in the country read this book, talked about it together, and put it into practice, we would be a better church for it!
Edward P. Hahnenberg, PhD, is the Breen Chair in Catholic Theology at John Carroll University, and the author of Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers
With a pastor’s heart and a scholar’s acuity, Fr. Gil Ostdiek plumbs the depths of the Emmaus story to weave a tapestry that connects catechesis, ministry of word and table, mystagogy, and mission for a rich new paradigm for ministry. Eloquent, insightful, and engaging, this book is a gem that everyone involved in ministry will want to ponder again and again.
Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, President, Catholic Theological Union
This is a profound, challenging, and comforting book. Readers will delve into and glory in the riches of church teaching on evolving pastoral ministry. Through the paradigm of Emmaus pastoral ministers are challenged to revisit how they companion people on their journeys of faith, listen again to the Good News, break bread, have their hearts set on fire, and re-engage in mission. Readers take comfort that they are engaging in such rich ministries, not as soloists, but as weavers working together.
Fr. Robert J. Karris, OFM, St. Bonaventure University
Ministers today celebrate the post Vatican II explosion of ministry; they also long for fuller collaboration as our hierarchical history and growing specialization create silos. How can we become truly co-workers? Ostdiek’s meditative reading of the Emmaus story explores the ministries of companioning, Word, table, mystagogy and mission, and their radical connection in serving the faith journey of disciples. A theological frame, probing questions, practical strategies and spiritual depth make this an ideal book for ministry leaders to read, ponder and practice as they work to Reweave the Ministries.
Zeni Fox, PhD, Professor Emerita, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University; author, New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals Serving the Church
Ministers of the Christian community—ordained and lay ecclesial—will benefit greatly from this wise and inspiring vision of ministry rooted in Ostdiek’s biblical liturgical, and prophetic imagination. If there is one book your parish staff reads together this year, make sure it is Reweaving the Ministries.
Kathleen A. Cahalan, Professor of Practical Theology, Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary