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One clear sign of the Holy Spirit at work in the Church today is the number of young adults who are responding to a sense of vocation and seeking to share their gifts in a variety of forms of ecclesial ministry. This volume will be a valuable resource for those who are trying to discern what their vocation is, those who accompany them as mentors, and all who are interested in new forms of ministry in the contemporary Church.
Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP
Professor of Theology
University of Notre Dame

Hearing God's call and choosing a life of service to the Church is one of the most important, and most difficult, decisions that a person can make. The authors of Catholics on Call: Discerning a Life of Service in the Church offer valuable insights into religious life and vocational discernment. This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who is in the process of vocational discernment. It is equally valuable for those who know someone who is considering an ecclesial ministry. A must read.
Rev. Martin O. Moran, III, Executive Director, The Catholic Campus Ministry Association

Some advice for all who minister to young adults: Read Catholics on Call with chapters by outstanding, pastorally sensitive authors (Donald Senior, Robert Schreiter, Robert Morneau, Thomas Rausch, Sheila McLaughlin, Charlene Diorka, Stephen Bevans, and Robin Ryan), who present helpful theological perspectives and practical suggestions for young adults discerning their vocation; give copies of the book to young people (it is written with them in mind) who may be interested in church ministry; form a group to discuss the book; and send some young adults to the informative and inspirational, ‘Catholics on Call’ summer conferences run by the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
James J. Bacik, Campus Minister and Adjunct Professor, University of Toledo

About the Author

Robin Ryan, CP, is a Passionist priest and theologian who serves as associate professor of systematic theology at Catholic Theological Union (Chicago). He is the author of numerous articles and recordings on theological and spiritual topics. He edited and contributed to the book Catholics on Call: Discerning a Life of Service in the Church (Liturgical Press, 2010). He is the author of God and the Mystery of Human Suffering: A Theological Conversation Across the Ages (Paulist Press, 2011). He is also a contributor to and English-language editor of the forthcoming Diccionario de la Pasión (Madrid, San Pablo).

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081463270X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814632703
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Ryan, CP, has taught graduate theology at Saint John's Seminary (Boston) and Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), where he served as associate professor of systematic theology. While at Catholic Theological Union, Fr. Ryan also served as the founding director of Catholics on Call, a national vocation discovery program for young adults. A Passionist priest, he currently serves on provincial council of the Passionist community in the eastern United States and travels extensively giving talks and retreats. Fr. Ryan is the author of numerous articles on theological topics such as God and human suffering, Christology, and ecclesiology, as well as on ministry to young adults. Since earning his PhD in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America, he has engaged in research and writing on the topic of God and the mystery of human suffering.

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This is a great book for young adult Catholics who wants to pray about and search out how they can use thier gifts to serve God and the church
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