Bishop’s books receive awards, nonprofit brings Gospel to the streets, and more


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Bishop Dolan’s Books on Suicide Receive Awards

BALTIMORE — Two books that San Diego Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan co-edited are among the winners in the Association of Catholic Publishers’ 2021 Excellence in Publishing Awards.

In the “Resources for Ministry” category, his book “Responding to Suicide: A Pastoral Handbook for Catholic Leaders” was a first-place winner. In the “General Interest” category, his workbook titled “When a Loved One Dies by Suicide” took second place.

Both books were co-edited with Deacon Ed Shoener of the Diocese of Scranton, Penn., and published in late 2020 by Ave Maria Press.

At the Excellence in Publishing Awards, honors were awarded to publishers and authors of the best Catholic content in 14 categories — Biography; Young Readers; Children’s Picture Books; General Interest; Inspirational; Music: Distinguished Mass Setting; Music: Song of the Year; Prayer; Resources for Liturgy; Resources for Ministry; Scripture; Spanish; Spirituality; and Theology.

Catholics Invited to ‘Encounter’ Jesus

SAN DIEGO — Sponsored by the parish’s Hearts of Fire Ministry, Encounter is a monthly, Spirit-filled night of inspiring music, powerful prayer and Eucharistic adoration held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Rancho Peñasquitos.

Encounter is held on the second Friday of each month. The next installment will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, July 9.

For more information, call (858) 484-1070.

Diocese Hosting Minister Recruitment Workshop

SAN DIEGO — The diocesan Office for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministry will host a minister recruitment workshop, “Discerning Gifts: Do I Have What It Takes?” The event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 20. Register at For more information, call (858) 490-8232 or email

Teachers, Catechists to Receive Faith & Science Training

SAN DIEGO — All those who teach middle school students in parishes and Catholic schools are invited to a training session to implement the Credible Catholic Faith & Science curriculum in the coming school year.

Led by Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer and his team from Credible Catholic, the training will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 31, at Good Shepherd Parish in Mira Mesa. Attendees will explore the complimentary relationship between faith and science and be prepared to implement the “Evidence of God’s Existence from Science” module in the diocese’s Catholic schools and catechetical ministries.

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Lunch is included.

For more information, call (858) 490-8234 or visit

Nonprofit Brings Gospel Message to Public Square

SAN DIEGO — At baptism, all Christians are entrusted with the mission of spreading the Gospel.

St. Paul Street Evangelization is one vehicle through which they can do so.

The grassroots, nonprofit organization takes the Gospel onto city streets and into public spaces. Participants share the Person of Jesus Christ and the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith in a non-confrontational way, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who witness their public Catholic presence.

For more information, visit, call (619) 515-3267 or email

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