Fr James Mallon SJ: Divine Renovation: From a Maintenance to a Missional Parish
The Jesuit Institute will host the local launch of Fr James Mallon’s latest book in Johannesburg – Divine Renovation: From a Maintenance to a Missional Parish on April 19. The Canadian priest’s book aims to help parishes become dynamic faith communities centred on missionary discipleship.
Many parishes seem to have lost their missionary zeal and are, as Fr Mallon says, into “maintenance” alone. This, he argues, has consequences for catechesis, preaching, and the general health of a parish community.
Fr Mallon is the episcopal vicar for parish renewal and leadership support for the archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth in Canada.
His earlier book, the Divine Renovation Guidebook, which was a step-by-step manual for transforming parishes, was published in 2016.
The launch of Divine Renovation will be held on April 19 at 18:30 at the Jesuit Institute at 15 Molesey Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
The keynote speaker will be theologian and scripture scholar Fr Martin Badenhorst OP.
Members of parish pastoral councils are especially encouraged to attend, the Jesuit Institute said. Fr Mallon will be speaking in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in August.
To attend the book launch, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, April 16.