The Face of Prayer Collaborates with McGrath Institute

BRIDGEPORT—Last week The Face of Prayer™ added eleven prestigious catechists to the online video catechism that launched on September 8, 2018. These scholars are faculty and staff members at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

The McGrath Institute for Church Life partners with Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools to address pastoral challenges with theological depth and rigor. By connecting the Catholic intellectual life to the life of the Church, the Institute forms faithful Catholic leaders for service to the Church and the world.

Katherine Angulo, program director of the Thriving in Ministry Initiative said, “At the McGrath Institute for Church Life one of our goals is to connect the Catholic intellectual life at Notre Dame with the life of the Church. For that reason, we partner with creative initiatives like The Face of Prayer to share our resources and through knowledge invite the youth to open their lives to a closer encounter with God.”

“I originally reached out to Katherine Angulo about participating in the project,” said Emma Ryder, coordinator of The Face of Prayer™, “when she replied, she offered to include her colleagues as well. I was thrilled when I received thirty-eight answers from eleven amazing scholars, all of whom hold advanced degrees in their fields.”

“One of my favorite parts of working with the youth is the multiple questions they have about their faith,” said Angulo. She continued, “Some questions are easy to answer. Others can be more challenging, to the point that I have to do some research before I am able to answer them. This initiative of The Face of Prayer from the Diocese of Bridgeport is opening a space for the young people around the nation to ask those questions and receive the answers from experts so we all can grow in our faith from their curiosity.”

Forty-two catechists have now contributed to The Face of Prayer™ video library, which has grown to include 256 answers to questions posed by young people across the country. Viewers can expect to see another twenty videos from Bishop Frank J. Caggiano on the site in the coming weeks.

Ryder said, “There are resources on our About page for teachers and youth ministers to help them incorporate The Face of Prayer™ videos in their ministries. Multiple educators and youth ministers have invited me to their classrooms and meetings to teach and film their students asking questions. It has been a great joy of mine to connect more people with this great tool.”

Dr. John Cavadini, McGrath-Cavadini director at the McGrath Institute for Church Life said, “We support this project fully and we are honored to be involved.”

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