New Book Expands Reach of Creighton’s Online Ministries
Praying Lent: Renewing Our Lives on the Lenten Journey, a book that compiles the Lenten resources from Creighton University’s Online Ministries website, was published this month by Loyola Press. With more than 21 million hits annually from 130 countries, the website is allowing people worldwide to experience personal growth through daily reflections, online retreats, spiritual presentations, ministry dialogue and other programs.
Loyola Press has provided a free copy of the book to every diocesan pastor in the United States to extend the reach of the Lenten material. A second book is also planned, focused on the Lenten daily prayer material available on the website.
“Loyola Press had been watching the activity on our website, especially the worldwide response and comments on our online retreats, and felt it was important to extend the sharing of this experience, “said the Rev. Andy Alexander, S. J., vice president for University Ministry and co-creator of the site.
The book focuses on Lent in the Jesuit, Ignatian tradition and an individual’s relationship with God in the midst of a busy life. It offers practical suggestions on how to make the Lenten experience different through such things as praying at home, lifestyle changing activities, making cooking a prayerful and transforming experience and suggestions on relating to the poor and underserved.
“Over the years, the interactive nature of our website with participants from a global community has helped us gain insight and new approaches to our work. We use that information to expand our material and add new dimensions, providing everyone an opportunity to enter Lent prayfully, “ said Maureen McCann Waldron, associate director of the Collaborative Ministry Office, and co-creator of the website.
The book and website includes ideas for involving children in Lent, conversations about facing challenges in married life and taking care of aging parents and more. The book can be ordered from the website at http://www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html. Cost is $5.95.
About the Authors:
The Rev. Andy Alexander, S.J. has spent many years of his priesthood in pastoral and ministry work. He was a pastor for eight years in Milwaukee before coming to Creighton in 1966. He is the vice president for University Ministry at Creighton University.
Maureen McCann Waldron is a 1975 graduate of Creighton University. She spent 22 years in corporate public relations. She went back to Creighton to receive her master’s degree in Christian Spirituality eventually joining Creighton’s Collaborative Ministry Office in 1997.