Anointed to Lead: The Baptismal Call of the Parish Staff

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As leaders in the faith community, the parish staff are to guide the faithful to embrace their baptismal call to make Christ tangibly present in the world. To support parish administrative staff, this resource presents an examination of the communal nature of baptism by author Stephen S. Wilbricht, CSC, concrete examples from pastoral ministers of ways discipleship is lived out, and seven short prayer services that reflect on aspects of baptism.


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CALLing the PArish to its BAPtismAL VoCAtion

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About the author (2022)

Stephen S. Wilbricht, CSC, is an associate professor in the religious studies department at Stonehill College, Easton, Massachusetts. He is the author of Baptismal Ecclesiology and the Order of Christian Funerals (LTP, 2019), Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word 2021 and 2022, The Role of the Priest in Christian Initiation (LTP, 2017), and Rehearsing God's Kingdom: The Eucharistic Vision of Mark Searle (Liturgical Press, 2013).

Cristina Castillo is a doctoral student at Barry University, pursuing a degree in practical theology focusing on Latino/a theology and ministry. Cristina holds an MA in pastoral theology from Loyola Marymount University and a BA in political science and history from Mount St. Mary’s University. She is a regional coordinator for the Parish Ministry Formation Program for the Diocese of San Bernardino. As a regional coordinator, Cristina oversees and directs the basic theology program in the region. For four years, she served as director of religious education for a parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Michael Conrady, DMin, is a pastoral musician and educator. He currently serves as the organist and choirmaster at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas, where he oversees an active parish music program. He holds degrees from Baylor University (BBA) and Southern Methodist University (MM, MSM, MTS, and DMin). [His doctoral thesis concentrated on medieval Communion antiphons and the composition of new music for use in the Roman Catholic liturgy. In 2019, Dr. Conrady joined the faculty at the University of North Texas, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in sacred music. In addition to parish ministry and teaching, he also serves on a number of organizations dedicated to liturgy and pastoral music.

Caroline Okello is the volunteer coordinator at St. James Cathedral, Seattle, Washington. She was born in Homa bay, Kenya and migrated to the United States in 2009 and became a US citizen in 2016. Her bachelor's degree in business administration is from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She has worked for international and non-profit organizations in Kenya and Rwanda, including the International Committee of the Red Cross and International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Among her volunteer work, she has spearheaded sewing of reusable hygiene kits for girls in Africa. The kits have gone to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, and Burkina Faso.

Rev. Patrick Smith, a priest for over 30 years, is the pastor of St. Augustine Church, Washington, DC. He earned his STL at the North American College in Rome. His thesis at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome was on a study of Martin Luther King Jr.

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