Forward in Hope

Saying Amen to Lay Ecclesial Ministry
Foreword by: Zeni V. Fox
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Format: Paperback

Publication date: November 1, 2009


Currently in the U.S., there are more than 30,000 lay ecclesial ministers serving the Catholic Church, and another 16,000 studying in ministry formation programs—nearly five times the number of men preparing for ordination to the priesthood. A long-time advocate of lay ecclesial ministry, Bishop Matthew Clark offers his vast theological knowledge and engaging stories from years of ministry to make this an informative and accessible read for anyone called to leadership in today's Catholic Church. Forward in Hope examines the ever-growing significance of lay ecclesial ministry and the way it is changing the face of the Church.

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Pages: 128

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594711916

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “Courageous.”

    “Here we meet a courageous bishop, well grounded in the history of the Church, fully aware of the challenges of the present moment, and yet hopeful about the emerging future. Clark prods his fellow bishops, but also all of us, to welcome with open arms one of the most significant movements of the Spirit in our time.”

    Ann M. Garrido
    Author of A Concise Guide to Supervising a Ministry Student

  • “Inspiring.”

    “In this inspiring volume a bishop and his people offer a remarkable testimony to the work of the Spirit in the recovery of a form of ministry that goes back to the very origins of the church. Bishop Clark eloquently demonstrates the possibility of a fruitful collaboration between ordained and lay ecclesial ministry in the service of the Church.”

    Richard R. Gaillardetz
    Murray/Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies
    University of Toledo

  • “Amen!”

    “Amen! This book ought to be required reading in every seminary, diocesan office, and ministry program. With the heart of a pastor and three decades of experience fostering the gifts of the baptized, Bishop Clark celebrates the call of lay ecclesial ministers and challenges the whole Church to move forward in hope.”

    Edward P. Hahnenberg
    Author of Ministries: A Relational Approach

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