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A Very Helpful Book
Fr. Richard McBrien of Notre Dame University is a prominent Catholic theologian in the United States. While this book is, perhaps, not the most prominent or well-known of his works, it is nevertheless a useful pastoral tool. As its subtitle suggests, this is a theological and pastoral handbook for ministry in the Church. It is general enough that anyone may use it, a deacon, a lay person, a religious, a seminarian or a priest. It is especially helpful for those who are entering full or part-time ministry for the first time or for use on a retreat to reflect on past ministerial experience. The only fault that I would find with this book is that it has not been updated or revised since its publication over 20 years ago. As such, it does not take into account recent theological reflections and publications on the subject such as by the U.S. Catholic Bishops: The Program for Priestly Formation, the National Directory on the Life, Ministry and Formation of Deacons, or Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, three very important documents.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.