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Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter 

Author: Michael White

Author: Tom Corcoran

Foreword by: Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

Price: $17.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 320

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-386-6

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: February 25, 2013

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Winner of two 2014 Catholic Press Awards: Pastoral Ministry (First Place) and Design and Production (Honorable Mention). 

Drawing on the wisdom gleaned from thriving mega-churches and innovative business leaders while anchoring their vision in the Eucharistic center of Catholic faith, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran present the compelling and inspiring story to how they brought their parish back to life.

Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter is a story of stopping everything and changing focus. When their parish reached a breaking point, White and Corcoran asked themselves how they could make the Church matter to Catholics, and they realized the answer was at the heart of the Gospel. Their faithful response not only tripled their weekend mass attendance, but also yielded increased giving, flourishing ministries, and a vibrant, solidly Catholic spiritual revival. White and Corcoran invite all Catholic leaders to share the vision, borrow their strategies, and rebuild their own parishes. They offer a wealth of guidance for anyone with the courage to hear them.

For additional resources including videos and discussion questions visit the Rebuilt website at

Features & Benefits

  • Based on the authors’ successful model, weekly Mass attendance has nearly tripled during their tenure, with attendant increases in giving and service
  • Written by experienced parish leaders for parish leaders in any stage
  • Practical, no-cost, easy-to-try suggestions for all parishes: rich/poor, large/small, urban/rural
  • Brutally honest portrait of consumer culture in Catholic parishes


"Required reading."

"A must read for anyone serious about parish engagement, membership, and financial and spiritual growth. It should be required reading for pastors, new priests, and parish councils."

U.S. Catholic

"A barn burner."

“I think it will be a bit of a barn burner when it comes out.”

Rev. Michael Roach
Pastor of St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church
Manchester, MD

"If you love your parish, read this book."

"Father Michael White, whom I have known for many years, and his pastoral associate, Tom Corcoran, write with remarkable honesty and humor, telling us about what happened to them. Through trial and error, success and failure, and with some unexpected experiences along the way, they learned a lot about parish life. But most of all, they learned to fall in love with their parish. . . . This is a book that takes the New Evangelization seriously. . . . If you love your parish, read this book."

From the Foreword by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York

"An excellent resource for parishes."

Rebuilt is an excellent resource for parishes seeking new ideas and a fresh approach to bringing the faithful closer to Christ in the third millennium.”

Archbishop William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore

"Humorous, candid, and insightful."

Rebuilt answers the most important question challenging our parishes today: How do we form communities of faith-filled disciples called to ongoing conversion and service? It is humorous, candid, and insightful—an exciting and practical guide for clergy and laity who take the New Evangelization seriously.”

Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez
Bishop of Austin

"A must-read for pastors and future pastors."

“This story of Catholic parish renewal is a must-read for pastors and future pastors. It provides an amazing testimony to the transforming power of God’s love when we say a generous yes to following Jesus in true discipleship, centered in word and sacrament.”

Rev. John Horn, S.J.
President-Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
Archdiocese of St. Louis

"An eminently practical how-to book."

“This is an eminently practical how-to book by two ordinary parish leaders doing extraordinary work. They challenge us to learn from their experience of growing a healthy parish built on the radical call of Gospel hope, focused on making disciples, and committed to reaching the lost.”

Theresa Rickard, O.P.
Executive Director
Renew International

"Stunningly honest."

"Vibrant parishes are essential if we are going to re-propose the genius of Catholicism to the people of our times. Rebuilt is much needed and well written. White and Corcoran are stunningly honest, insightful about the real problems facing parishes today, and passionate about helping your parish become the best version of itself.”

Matthew Kelly
Author of Rediscover Catholicism

"White and Corcoran challenge us."

“White and Corcoran challenge us to recognize that our parishes have become consumer exchanges, and, as such, have lost their transforming power in people’s lives. They remind us that in order to recapture our zeal and enthusiasm we need to return to the basics of proclaiming the Word of God, seeking out those who are lost, and inviting them to come back home and join in the rebuilding.”

Rev. Richard Vega
Pastor of St. Frances of Rome Parish
Azusa, CA

"A parish’s transformation."

“For the reader who doesn’t just want to read about a parish success story but wants to have a conversation about how it happened, Rebuilt shares how vision, courage, mistakes, success, discernment, and grace shaped a parish’s transformation into an evangelizing congregation.”

Susan Timoney
Executive Director
Department of Evangelization and Family Life
Archdiocese of Washington

"A most welcome resource."

“One would think there are a lot of great books about parishes given their importance. There aren’t. Michael White and Tom Corcoran give us a long overdue and frank discussion of parish mission, ministry, and structures. This is a most welcome resource for everyone concerned about Catholic parishes.”

Christopher C. Anderson
Executive Director
National Association for Lay Ministry

"Refreshingly honest and down-to-earth."

"Refreshingly honest and down-to-earth story of one parish’s journey to becoming a vibrant Catholic community. Practical suggestions offer ways to creatively build up your parish and its mission."

Marti R. Jewell
Assistant Professor of Theology
University of Dallas School of Ministry

"Shows it’s possible to answer Jesus Christ’s call."

“In Rebuilt, White and Corcoran show how it’s possible to answer Jesus Christ’s call to make disciples of all nations by cultivating an infectious energy and enthusiasm in today’s Catholic parishes.”

Rev. Neil F. Wack, C.S.C.
Pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church
South Bend, IN

"Congratulations on a great book!"

“White and Corcoran have detailed what few Catholic leaders have accomplished ─ how to turn a traditional parish inside out to evangelize in a systematic way. Congratulations on a great book!”

Rev. Robert S. Rivers, C.S.P.
Author of From Maintenance to Mission

"The reader finishes this book with hope."

“Fr. White and Mr. Corcoran move from analyzing the all-too-typical-problems that they faced in their parish to presenting a clear, detailed, good-humored, and concrete pathway to their destination: a life-giving Catholic parish. The reader finishes this book with hope.”

Carol Nevin Abromaitis
Professor of English
Loyola University Maryland

"A real treasure, a pearl of great price!”

“This is practical theology at its best. Bravo to Michael and Tom who have clearly described the essence of parish life in light of the Gospel mandate, ‘Go and make disciples!’ All pastors who desire to increase the spiritual health of their parish will find their work easy to read and hard to put down—a real treasure, a pearl of great price!”

Michael J. Begolly
Pastor of Mount Saint Peter Catholic Church
New Kensington, PA

Rebuilt Book Trailer

Tools for Rebuilding Your Parish
Rebuilding Parishioners: Moving from Consumers to Contributors

The Odd Couple: Michael White and Tom Corcoran

Church of the Nativity created this humorous account of the beginning of the Rebuilt story to show during their book launch event.

Rebuilt Webinar: Introducing Positive Change into Your Parish

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