Preaching, Catholic

Homily preparation for evangelization : the contributions of ethos and storytelling

Author
Yeonwoo Jeong
Abstract
This thesis-project examines the contribution of ethos and storytelling to homily preparation for evangelization employing the model and method developed by James and Evelyn Whitehead in Methods in ministry for theological reflection. The preacher's interest in ethos enables the preacher to prepare the homily through the eyes and ears of the assembly. In addition, storytelling can encourage the assembly to listen to God's Word in their lives because life is easily understood in a narrative mode. Thus, this thesis-project states that ethos and storytelling assist in preparing a dialogic homily.

Pope Francis' Preaching A Model for Parish Preachers

Author
Joseph O Oganda
Abstract
Improving the quality of preaching in the Catholic Church has been ongoing since the beginning of the Church. In recent times, the faithful have advocated for better communication of the Word of God from their priests.One pragmatic preacher in recent times is Pope Francis, who has emerged as one of the greatest preachers of the twenty-first century. There is debate about the influence his preaching model may have on the daily engagement of other priests with the faithful. This study seeks to answer this question: Can contemporary parish preachers adopt Pope Francis' preaching model to enhance their proclamation of the gospel? The hypothesis is that preachers can effectively adopt the preaching model of Pope Francis and, thereby, personally improve their preaching abilities.

Preaching with the autism community

Author
Robert J Skinner
Abstract
The autism community in the Catholic Diocese of Memphis desires full inclusion in preaching and catechesis as both servants and consumers of the services available from the parishes within the diocese. Research on this thesis was conducted using qualitative analysis and a modified action research formula which allowed the researcher to canvas and assess both the autism community and the catechist-preachers involved in integrating the autism community more fully into the Body of Christ and the life of the Church. The autism community was surveyed with the community expressing both the need and the way forward to the fullest inclusion.

Silence in Support of Speaking How Reflective Practices Can Lead to Transformative Preaching

Author
Elizabeth B Frey
Abstract
Reflective practices grounded in silence are essential strategies for engaging difficult scripture texts. This thesis offers resources for preparation and ongoing formation in the preaching life. The author reviews the literature on difficult scripture texts and proposes interpretive methods for depth analysis. She explores how reflective practices support interpretation by bringing together theological reflection with the adult pedagogical theory known as Transformative Learning to focus on the preacher's frame of reference. She proposes a model of reflection in sermon preparation and investigates its effectiveness in a collaborative study. Finally, she offers four markers to assess reflective practices in preaching.

Preaching on controversial issues

Author
Alan J Momney
Abstract
The thesis of this paper is that preaching on controversial issues in Roman Catholic Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist is lacking, and can be assisted by insights from conflict management theory, and principles of coping with fear from the field of psychology. The thesis seeks to test out insights from these two fields with six preachers who were invited to preach at least one homily on a controversial issue. The result of the study revealed that the preachers were using the insights intuitively in an effective way, even though they were not able to recognize it in their own preaching.

Beyond the male model: empowering Catholic women who preach

Author
Anna K Adams
Abstract
This thesis addresses the disempowerment faced by women who preach in the Catholic Church. Having few role models, these women may not fully claim their identity as preachers. How can Catholic women who preach be empowered to claim their identity and authority as preachers? This study demonstrates how by both naming the obstacles presented by their tradition and uncovering potential sources of liberation and empowerment, Catholic women who preach may find encouragement to claim their identity and authority as preachers. Two half-day processes of theological reflection by Catholic female preachers were conducted to explore the aforementioned questions.

Fire in the pulpit: envisioning and encouraging prophetic preaching

Author
J Mark Hobson
Abstract
This thesis project asserts that the charism of the prophet is exercised in today's Church through prophetic preaching. Its research developed a definition for prophetic preaching by exploring the writings of the biblical prophets. It also studied the psychological, ecclesial, and cultural factors that encourage or discourage such preaching for today's priest. Through surveys and focus group sessions, the experience of today's Church with prophetic preaching was explored. The final outcome of this research was a resource for preachers which outlined six perspectives on prophetic preaching accompanied by practical considerations for preaching and two sample homilies.

Rediscovering an eighth sacrament: a clergy's guide to discovering presiding and preaching as "first theology"

Author
James T Telhorst
Abstract
This thesis identifies the dynamics of the ministries of presiding and preaching as sacramental and integral to the experience of sacraments. It names the "something more," found in Saraosanctum Concilium, the place of first theology, the cosmic dimension of eucharist, and quality as contributing to the intrigue of the sacramental act. A "map of human consciousness" identifies ritual as a negotiation between the clarity of reason and the mysteries of life, revealing the challenge of the liturgical act. Works in orality and literacy identify the elements of the spoken word as identical to the dynamics of sacraments.

The Baptist project: the voices of homeless preachers and their contributions to the renewal of pulpit preaching in the Catholic Church

Author
Louis T Guerin
Abstract
The author interviewed homeless preachers and evaluated their preaching using standardized preaching rubrics. He also engaged psychology and biblical studies as dialogue partners to establish that homeless preachers are historically grounded and that psychological abberations are non-consequential impediments to the vocation to preach the Word of God.

Are you talking to me? A study of young listeners' connection with Catholic Sunday preaching

Author
Karla J Bellinger
Abstract
Despite widespread discussion about preaching in literature and church life, little empirical research has assessed the state of Catholic preaching, especially in its role in discipling young people. This listener study surveyed 651 Catholic high school students to determine what makes for effective connection with them. Focus groups, clergy interviews, observational research, and literature review further developed that knowledge. Statistical analysis upended certain widely held assumptions. Regular Mass attendees rated the person of their preacher highly. Little correlation between the person of the preacher and the listener's assessment of the homily suggests that growth in homiletic competence is skill-based.
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