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Advancing Our Church is a Podcast focused to bring you new ideas, best practices, and stories of people who are Advancing the mission of our Church today. Advancing Our Church is a production of Changing Our World. Changing Our World is a world-class fundraising and social impact consulting firm that has been advising both nonprofits and corporations for the past 20 years.

Advancing Our Church Jim Friend

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Advancing Our Church is a Podcast focused to bring you new ideas, best practices, and stories of people who are Advancing the mission of our Church today. Advancing Our Church is a production of Changing Our World. Changing Our World is a world-class fundraising and social impact consulting firm that has been advising both nonprofits and corporations for the past 20 years.

    98. David C. Friend

    98. David C. Friend

    Jim Friend welcomes his Uncle, David C. Friend, veteran, entrepreneur, author, banker, teacher, pastor, and now podcaster of the popular new show, Quality Christian Living. David shares his story and experience of touring Vietnam, the early days of his career as a successful banker and entrepreneur, and how he became a full-time pastor of a growing Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jim and David also discuss David’s popular book, “Generosity: What’s in it for me?” and how the principles in his book can change your life. Finally, David talks about his new podcast, Quality Christian Living, where he shares tips on personal finance and living a debt-free life. David’s passion for Christ and his devotion to his family make this an inspiring story. Check out David Friend’s website for access to his podcast and links to his books.







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    97. Return Home To The Eucharist

    97. Return Home To The Eucharist

    Join Changing Our World‘s Jim Friend and cohost, Anna Vallez, for a panel discussion with three pastors who share their experiences of adapting to a virtual environment over the past year. What lessons have they learned? What new parish practices have brought their communities closer together, and what will they carry forward into a post-pandemic Church? As parishioners begin to return home to Mass, how do these pastors think about returning to the real presence of the Eucharist and what steps will they take to welcome parishioners home? Hear how they have creatively engaged parishioners over the past year and how they are welcoming home them to the Lord’s Table. Our panel includes…







    * Fr. Joseph Scolaro, Pastor, Notre Dame Church in New Hyde Park, New York* Fr. Mike Murphy, Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish in Coronado, California* Fr. Allen Hoffa, Pastor, St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley in Summitt Hill, Pennsylvania. As of June 20, 2021, Fr. Hoffa will be Pastor of Holy Guardian Angels Parish in Reading, Pennsylvania







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    Recorded on June 9, 2021







    Celebrate Juneteenth on June 19 with these resources:







    Advancing Our Church and Changing Our World encourage you to celebrate Juneteenth with your friends and family. Only through prayer, education, and discussion can we overcome the racial divides that separate God’s family. Below are some resources for you…







    The National Black Catholic Congress







    The Juneteenth Foundation







    How to Celebrate Juneteenth – The New York Times







    2021 Juneteenth – Educational resources







    19 ways to celebrate Juneteenth as a family – The Today Show







    Miss Juneteenth (Consider watching the 2020 Movie. See a preview and read a review on Rotten Tomatoes)







    Podcast: The History of Juneteenth on NPR







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    96. The evolving landscape of Diocesan Appeals

    96. The evolving landscape of Diocesan Appeals

    How have diocesan appeal changed since the start of the pandemic and how will diocesan professionals continue to adjust their strategies in 2021/22? Join Changing Our World‘s Jim Friend as he hosts a panel of top-notch experts who discuss the evolving landscape of Diocesan Appeals. Today’s guests include Brian Niebrugge, Executive Director of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal at Archdiocese of St. Louis, Marta Sweeney, Vice President, Chief Community Service Officer at The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Lisa Wentz, Director, Charity, and Development Appeal at Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and Tom Smith, Director of Development Diocese of Metuchen.







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    95. Bishop Alfred Schlert: The Year of Real Presence

    95. Bishop Alfred Schlert: The Year of Real Presence

    Bishop Alfred Schlert, Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, joins Jim Friend on today’s show. Bishop Schlert discusses growing up in the Lehigh Valley, how the region has evolved, and the Bishop’s own vocation story. He describes how his vocation was the culmination of an internal journey with God and encouraged by his family and mentors. As a lifelong member of his diocese, Bishop Schlert’s road to the episcopacy has been unique. The Bishop served directly under all three of his predecessors, and he describes how that journey prepared him for the joys and challenges of his role as Bishop. Finally, Bishop Schlert discusses the 60th Anniversary of the Diocese, the theme of the Year of Real Presence, and how other dioceses and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are taking notice. 







    For more information about the Diocese’s 60th Anniversary, and the Year of Real Presence, please visit the Diocesan Anniversary website located at https://yearofrealpresence.org.







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    Recorded on May 26, 2021







    About Bishop Alfred A. Schlert







    Bishop Schlert was born in Easton, PA on July 24, 1961, and was educated at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Elementary School, Easton and Notre Dame High  School, Easton. He prepared for the Priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia,  the Pontifical Roman Seminary, Rome, and St. John Lateran University, Rome. He was ordained a  priest at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena, Allentown on September 19, 1987, by The Most  Reverend Thomas J. Welsh, Second Bishop of Allentown.







    Bishop Schlert served as a Parochial Vicar at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Allentown, as a Professor at his alma mater, Notre Dame High School, Easton, and as the Catholic Chaplain at Lehigh University, Bethlehem. During his years at Notre Dame High School, he resided at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Easton, St. Bernard Church, Easton and Sacred Heart Church, Bath. He completed graduate studies at the Pontifical North American College, Rome, and the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome where he received a Licentiate in Canon Law in 1992.







    He was named Vice-Chancellor and Secretary to Bishop Welsh in 1997 before being named Vicar General of the Diocese by The Most Reverend Edward P. Cullen, Third Bishop of Allentown, in 1998. As Vicar General, he oversaw the coordination of all administrative offices of the Diocese. While still serving as Vicar General, he was appointed Pastor of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church, Hellertown in July 2008. Upon the Ordination and Installation of The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Fourth Bishop of Allentown, he was reappointed as the Vicar General of the Diocese and resumed full-time service as Vicar General in February 2010, with residence at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Hellertown, until his Ordination as the Fifth Bishop of Allentown.







    Pope St. John Paul II named him Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor in 1999. Pope Benedict XVI named him a Prelate of Honor, the second-highest rank of Monsignor, in 2005.







    Bishop Schlert served as Vice President of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conf...

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    94. Fr. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S.

    94. Fr. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S.

    Today’s Show







    Changing Our World‘s Jim Friend welcomes Fr. Thomas Dailey, the inaugural John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. Fr. Dailey has a new book, Behold This Heart: St. Francis de Sales and Devotion to the Sacred Heart, available on Amazon. In the book, Fr. Thomas Dailey transports the reader beyond the prayers and liturgies and helps you to contemplate the Sacred Heart, which Pope Benedict XVI said has irreplaceable importance. Jim and Fr. Dailey also discuss the role of the John Cardinal Foley Chair and the impact Fr. Dailey is making on Seminarians, parishes, and dioceses. The John Cardinal Foley Chair supports the work of the Catholic Church in the realm of social communications by teaching seminary students and church groups, working with staff in parishes and (arch)dioceses, and engaging in dialogue with journalists and media professionals.







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    Recorded on May 12, 2021







    About Fr. Dailey







    Fr. Dailey is the inaugural John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia where he has served since 2017. The Cardinal Foley Chair supports the work of the Church in the realm of Gospel communications by educating seminarians and other students, informing staff in parishes and (arch)dioceses, and dialoguing with journalists and media professionals.







    Prior to his appointment at the seminary, Fr. Dailey served on the faculty of DeSales University (Center Valley, PA) for 29 years. There he was a tenured professor of Theology, the inaugural Fr. Louis Brisson Chair in Salesian Spirituality, and the founding director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture. He also taught at Immaculata University, the Washington Theological Union, and in the National Institute for Clergy Formation.







    Fr. Dailey earned a doctoral degree in sacred theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), where he completed his dissertation on the biblical Book of Job. He has lectured internationally on topics in biblical theology, Salesian spirituality, and Catholic higher education. He has written, edited or translated nine books and more than fifty articles/chapters in a variety of scholarly and pastoral publications worldwide. He writes a monthly column and is featured regularly in podcasts on CatholicPhilly.com. He has also contributed blog posts and authored white papers as a Research Fellow for the Catholic Leadership Institute (Malvern, PA).







    He is a member of the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Spirituality (Bangalore) and serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Catholic Higher Education. He is featured among the members at CatholicSpeakers.com and has appeared on radio and television in both regional and national markets. He also served on the Communications Committee for the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis to the USA in 2015.







    In 2013 Fr. Dailey was elected to the Academy of Catholic Theology,

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    93. Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D.

    93. Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D.

    Today’s Show







    We are pleased to welcome Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D., Shepherd of the Archdiocese of Hartford, to our program this week. Changing Our World‘s Jim Friend and Fred Roberts talk with Archbishop Blair about welcoming back the faithful to Mass this coming weekend after a long pandemic. The three men also discuss the Diocesan Young Adult Conference (taking place the week of May 17, 2021) and vocational ministry, including the Archbishop’s own vocation story. Finally, Fred and the Archbishop discuss the successful diocesan capital campaign, Forward in Faith, on which Changing Our World has been honored to partner with the Hartford Bishop’s Foundation.







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    Recorded on May 14, 2021







    About Archbishop Blair







    Archbishop Blair was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Detroit on June 26, 1976. He studied at Sacred Heart Seminary College, Detroit; the North American College, Rome; and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. Archbishop Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History from Sacred Heart Seminary College; a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University; a Licentiate in Theology (S.T.L.) with a specialization in Patristics and the History of Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University; and a Doctorate in Theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome.







    Archbishop Blair served as a pastor three times in the Archdiocese of Detroit. His former parishes include St. Martin de Porres, Warren; Our Lady of Queen of Peace, Harper Woods; St. Christopher, Detroit; and St. Paul, Grosse Pointe Farms. Other assignments included: Instructor in Church History and Patristics, Saint John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth; Archivist for the Archdiocese of Detroit; Administrative Secretary to the Archbishop of Detroit; Vicar General and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Detroit; Consultor; Dean of Studies and Assistant Professor of Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary College, Detroit; Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Assignments in Rome were in the Vatican Secretariat of State and later the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See as Secretary to Edmund Cardinal Szoka.







    Over the years, Archbishop Blair has served on several United States Conference of Catholic Bishops committees. These Committees include Women in Society & the Church; the Committee on Catechesis; and the Subcommittee on the Catechism, which he chaired. In recent years, he also served as the Committee chair on Evangelization & Catechesis and as a member of the Doctrine Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty. He currently serves as the chairman of the Committee on Divine Worship.

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