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Into His Likeness – Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ

What does it look like to really follow Jesus? Not just be an enthusiastic Catholic who goes to Mass each week, throws money in the basket, and goes through the motions of faith. But what is happening on the inside? How do I know if I’m really growing in my relationship with God? Am I just a fan of Jesus or a true follower?

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A disciple always keeps two basic truths in mind: (A) First, the truth of our weaknesses, wounds, and sins. And (B) the truth of our high calling—we are called to be healed and perfected in Christ. Discipleship is all about the process of getting from A to B, from where I am now to where Christ wants me to be.

Who am I to Judge? – Talking about Morality in a Relativistic World

  • “Morality is just personal opinion.”
  • “What’s true for you isn’t necessarily true for me.”
  • “Don’t impose your morality on me!”

How do we talk about morality in a culture that no longer believes in moral truth? Even many good Catholics feel afraid to say anything is right or wrong anymore. We don’t know what to say, and we’re scared others will think we’re “judgmental” and “intolerant.”

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With humor and personal examples, Edward Sri gives practical strategies for engaging your secular friends in a compelling and compassionate way.  And he helps form us in a Catholic moral worldview.  Learn how Catholic morality is all about love, how making a judgment is not judging a person’s soul and how in the words of Pope Francis, “relativism wounds people” and is “the spiritual poverty of our times.” Appealing to both the head and the heart, this talk is based on Edward Sri’s new book on this topic called Who am I to Judge?–Responding to Relativism with Logic & Love

In the Dust of the Rabbi: Making Discipleship Come Alive for Parish Faith Formation Today

In the ancient disciple-rabbi relationship, the disciple would follow the rabbi so closely that he would be covered in the dust kicked up from his rabbi’s feet. Thousands of years later, though we walk on roads of pavement and not dust, we are still called to be disciples – to follow our Rabbi, Jesus Christ, so closely that we are covered with his life, changed, and made new.

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This presentation explores how discipleship is the Biblical model for effective faith formation and leads people to an ever deeper encounter with Jesus.  Discover the four main habits of a disciple, the difference between a parish faith formation effort based on programs and one based on discipleship, and how discipleship offers a framework for leading souls to initial conversion and the next steps in their walk with God. Whether you work in religious education, marriage formation, RCIA, youth ministry or Catholic schools or you volunteer at your parish or are a small group leader, learn how to make discipleship not just a Catholic buzz word but a life-transforming experience for the people you serve.

Vibrant Faith in a Secular Age: Today’s Challenges for Parents, Families & Parish Leaders

NOTE: This talk can be tailored for particular audiences: clergy conferences, catechist formation, parents, the laity in general, or all groups together.

This presentation engages the challenges we, our children and our friends constantly face from the secular culture—challenges that, if not addressed, can choke the life of faith in the people we love.
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  • Why do I need a Church? Can’t I be spiritual on my own?
  • Isn’t one religion just as good as another?
  • Isn’t each person free to make up his own morality?
  • Why does the Church talk so much about human life, sex and marriage?  Shouldn’t we just be tolerant and get along with everyone?

This engaging and thought-provoking talk shows how parish ministry and faith formation in the home cannot be “business as usual.” We cannot simply teach the truth. We must pass on the faith in a way that anticipates the cultural influences that affect the life of faith and give people the tools to thrive as intentional Catholics in a relativistic world.

In this talk, Dr. Edward Sri helps us navigate the challenges to faith from the secular culture, as he draws from his newest book based on the Symbolon film series. It’s called Love Unveiled: The Catholic Faith Explained (Ignatius Press).

Merciful Like the Father

Discover what divine mercy really is and experience how God wants to meet you—the real you, as you are—with his loving mercy, transform you with his love and work through you more powerfully to bless your family, friendships, parish and community. Learn practical tips on how to encounter the Father’s mercy more in your life and how, by taking on the Father’s merciful heart, you can share his love more with your spouse, children, the poor, the suffering and those who do not know the Lord. As Jesus said, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36).

Pope Francis and Parish Ministry:
Practical Insights for the New Evangelization

Pope Francis often makes headlines, but few encounter his actual teachings which are like an examination of conscience challenging us to grow as Christian disciples.
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This presentation helps people of all walks of life–diocesan leaders, parish staff, volunteers, laity–live out the Holy Father’s call for us not to be stagnant Christians, but to renew our discipleship with Christ in ways that will transform our parishes, ministries, families and communities. The more we live as “missionary disciples,” the more we will be the Lord’s instruments in the New Evangelization.

Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage – Marriage Formation in a Post-Marriage Culture

Does marriage matter anymore? That’s a question many in our world ask. But the Sacrament of Matrimony not only corresponds to our heart’s deepest desires and leads to better lives and better societies. It’s also at the very heart of God’s plan for human happiness.

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Discover how marriage is a “school of self-giving” in which men and women grow in Christ’s love and how the key aspects of Christian marriage are at the service of the true love and happiness we desire in our married lives. Also learn how the unique grace of the sacrament is available to couples so that they might participate more in Christ’s love and serve as a more profound sign of His love in the world.

Marriage: The Good, the Messy and the Beautiful

It’s easy to fall in love. Growing in love isn’t always so easy. A great marriage isn’t one that simply stays together. It’s one that flourishes with time. Discover five keys to love your spouse more than you did yesterday. Reflecting on the real challenges we all face in our marriages, we will learn new paths to building the kind of unity, trust and happiness we long for in our married lives.

Men, Women & the Mystery of Love:
Living God’s Plan for Marriage in JPII’s ‘Theology of the Body’

The modern world offers a picture of love and marriage that has caused much confusion and heartache in our relationships with the opposite sex. John Paul II spent much of his life reminding us of what true Christian love is and offering a vision of relationships between men and women that is life-transforming.

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It’s also immediately practical for all walks of life: single people, newly married couples or couples married for over 30 years. Discover John Paul II’s practical wisdom on the real relationship issues we face every day and learn how it can help us strengthen our marriages, build greater intimacy and trust with our spouse and live greater self-giving love in our own homes. Also find out what John Paul II teaches about the particular needs of a woman and a man in marriage and how knowing this can help deepen the marriage bond.

The New Evangelization and the Extraordinary Mission of Our Times

Though there is much talk about the New Evangelization, most Catholics don’t understand what it really means. And even fewer know how it affects their daily lives. In this presentation, Dr. Edward Sri will offer a clear explanation of what exactly the New Evangelization is and how it should shape every Catholic’s life – at home, at work, at the parish and in the world.

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Learn from Popes John Paul II, Benedict and Francis how to make the New Evangelization not just a Catholic “buzz word” but a reality that transforms your parish, your family, and your own personal life.

Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross

This presentation is for anyone who wants to know Mary better – the real, human Mary of the Bible and the profound interior journey of faith she made throughout her life. We will walk with Mary step-by-step from Nazareth to the Cross and consider how she faced moments of joy and thanksgiving, moments of uncertainty and discernment as well as moments of trial and darkness.

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And yet at every critical point she responded with greater trust and surrender in ways that offer many practical insights for our own paths of Christian discipleship today. In this presentation, Dr. Edward Sri will draw on themes from his book, “Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross” (Image Books) and his video series/adult faith study “Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother” (Ascension Press).

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Understanding What We Say and Do in the Liturgy

Do you ever wish you could get more out of Mass? Discover how all the prayers, symbols, and rituals in the liturgy can come alive for us today once we understand their Biblical roots. From the sign of the cross and the Gloria to the Eucharistic prayers and Holy Communion, join us for a Biblical tour of the Mass and learn the profound meaning of what we are really saying and doing each week as we participate in these sacred mysteries.

Praying The Rosary Like Never Before: Experiencing the Wonder of Heaven and Earth

Drawing on themes from his best-selling Rosary book, The New Rosary in Scripture, Dr. Edward Sri will explore John Paul II’s powerful and very personal reflections on the rosary and the importance this devotion has for Christians today. This presentation will address common questions about the Rosary such as…
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  • Why all the repetition?
  • Why is so much attention given to Mary and not to Christ?
  • Where did the Rosary come from?

It also will offer practical tips from John Paul II on how everyone – beginners and avid devotees – can experience more deeply the great spiritual treasures found in this powerful devotion.

The Advent of Christ: Preparing Spiritually for Christ

Dr. Sri regularly gives talks in Parishes around the country for the Advent Season. He has a variety of presentations and can tailor the themes to meet the needs of your Parish.

The Bible Compass: 5 Keys to Interpreting Scripture

The Bible is central to our faith as Catholics. But approaching such a large and complex collection of writings that span thousands of years is intimidating for most of us. We need a guide, a compass to set us off on the right course so that our time spent studying the Scriptures is a time spent encountering the living God. Dr. Edward Sri will demonstrate how to read the Bible within the living Tradition of the Catholic Church, and it addresses all the common questions about the Bible including…
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  • Where did the Bible come from?
  • Is the Bible really inspired by God?
  • Why do Catholic Bibles have more books than Protestant Bibles?
  • How do I know if I am interpreting the Bible correctly?
  • Why do we need Tradition and the Magisterium to understand Scripture?
  • What are the four senses of Scripture?

As Catholics we are called to have an intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Church as revealed in the Scriptures. Reading the Bible with the proper tools and in the appropriate context will help you grow in your love for the Faith and in your relationship with Jesus Christ himself, who is the Word made Flesh, (John 1:1).

Conferences, Parish Missions, Clergy Retreats

Common Questions, Biblical Answers
How to Explain the Catholic Faith From Scripture

In this session, Dr. Edward Sri tackles some of the most misunderstood teachings of the Catholic Faith. Beginning with an overview of his own journey, Dr. Sri takes us on a Scriptural tour through the Old and New Testaments, presenting the historical and Scriptural foundations for the Church’s teaching on topics such as the Mary, Confession, The Eucharist, the Papacy and the Church as the Kingdom of God on Earth.

Marriage Conferences

Dr. Sri regularly presents at marriage conferences and retreats both for those working in marriage and family ministry or for married or engaged couples themselves. He has a variety of presentations and can tailor the themes to meet the needs of your diocese or organization.

Diocesan Catechetical Conferences & Clergy Days

Dr. Sri regularly presents at catechetical conferences and clergy retreats on topics related to catechesis, pastoral ministry, marriage ministry and the New Evangelization. He has a variety of presentations and can tailor the themes to meet the needs of your diocese.

Parish Missions

Dr. Sri also sometimes gives talks in Parishes around the country for Parish missions. He has a variety of presentations and can tailor the themes to meet the needs of your Parish.