Sr. Pat Parachini's small volume, rich in research, describes and gives a persuasive rationale for this important unleashing of the Spirit. She is clear, to the point, and fully conversant with this movement's theological, canonical, and pastoral implications. For those who wish to go deeper in their thinking about, and rationale for, lay preaching, there is no better or more thorough resource. Present this small volume as a gift to your Parish Worship Team and Pastoral Staff.
Michael McGarry, CSP, Pastor, Newman Hall, University of California, Berkeley
The question of lay preaching in the church today is complex, multi-faceted, and is a question that is not going to go away soon. In this brief and easy-to-read work, Parachini grounds the issue historically, theologically, canonically, liturgically, and existentially. . . . All concerned about the Ministry of the Word today will find this book a valuable resource.
Joan Delaplane, OP, Aquinas Institute of Theology
This survey yields a clear grasp of our history, present tensions, and future possibilities. Based upon the vision of the Vatican Council and present practices, the author raises a number of very good questions worth investigating. The answers to those questions may provide a foundation for understanding what liturgical preaching is and who should be doing it.
Rev. Robert S. Rivers, CSP, Director of Diocesan and Parish Services, Washington, DC
Lay Preaching presents a cogent and compelling development of lay preaching throughout the historical and Scriptural traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. Patricia Parachini believes that preaching flows from our baptismal call to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. This concept as well as her development of the place of lay preaching in both liturgical and non-liturgical settings will be of interest to both lay and ordained ministers in our Church today.
Marti Jewell, Chair, National Association for Lay Ministry, Director of the Office of Ministry and Spirituality for the Archdiocese of Louisville
. . . excellent and wide ranging survey. . . It makes a distinct contribution to the growing understanding and theology of lay ministry in the contemporary Church.