Megan McKenna, a native of New York City has lived, visited and gypsied through North and South America (especially Bolivia/Peru), Europe and a collection of islands: Celtic, Japanese, the Philippines, Singapore, Haiti and the Hawaiian Islands and through Malaysia, India, Marshall Islands, Thailand, Australia and China. She works with Indigenous groups, in base Christian Communities and with justice and peace groups as well as parishes, dioceses and religious communities. She has been on the United States National Board of Pax Christi and in 2002 was appointed an Ambassador of Peace for Pax Christi. To read more about Megan, click here.
NEW publications by Megan!
Trade Paperback Price: $14/$16 Canada ISBN: 978-0-385-50854-4 eBook: 978-0-385-7704-3784-4, $9.99 * See review of this book by Remi J. De Roo, Vatican II Council Father, retired (1999) Bishop of Victoria (right column)
Stifling or Releasing the Spirit?
by Megan McKenna
(Huffington Post – February 20, 2013)
Someone once said that reform can come in one of two ways: shifting around within an existing closed system or shifting the processes of the system so that something that is entirely other can emerge. With the resignation of Benedict XVI, the question of reform in the Church is surfacing yet again. The structures of the Church at the Vatican levels are a tight knit and closed system, especially so when it comes to the transfer of power from one pope to the next. However, the process is not based on anything in the founding years (the first 350-400 years) of the Church. It is a construct of history from the fifth-20th centuries, now “up-dated” with John Paul II’s defining of the process to be followed. It is shrouded in secrecy and the outcome is not indicative of the universal Church as it exists today. To put it very bluntly, the group of electors consists of 117 old men who were chosen by two other old men, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and these old men will elect yet another old man, all clerics.
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Trinity of Hope
by Megan McKenna
(Source: U.S. Catholic)
How do I keep faith as a woman in the church? First I remember who the church is—there are more than 1.1 billion Catholics in a world of 6.8 billion. Less than 2 percent of the church works for the church as ordained, professional ministers, from the pope on down to deacons and members of religious orders. For me, they are members of the institutional structure and their primary role is to be servants of the servants of God, though it’s a stretch to actually find many who would fit that description
It is the people of God, especially the poor, who give me hope, sustain me, amaze me with their faithfulness in the midst of horrific conditions, usually without any support or affirmation from the structure. It is the people who are excluded in liturgy or Eucharist. It is those struggling to raise families—taking care of their own children, sometimes grandchildren, or grandparents and parents—with limited financial resources or with little or no insurance and how generous they are, sharing and working with others they see who are in even worse circumstances than they find themselves.
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Megan Receives 2012 Isaac Hecker Award
Since 1974, the Paulist Center Community has presented the Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice to an outstanding North American Catholic. Recipients of the award have included locally and nationally recognized women and men — lay people, sisters, priests, and bishops. Some have been involved in direct service to those in need, others in advocacy work and the transformation of structures and institutions. Many of the recipients have been committed to both these dimensions of social action. Most of them overtly and directly connected their faith and action. All have been committed to building a more just and peaceful world.
Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers, was particularly concerned with the growth and development of American Catholicism. Isaac Hecker and the early Paulists devoted themselves to mission preaching, communication of the Word of God. Hecker’s spirituality involved looking to the heart, listening to the Spirit, and living in America. The Award was named to honor Isaac Hecker.
Text of Hecker Award presentation to Megan, click here.
List of past recipients.
Digital Recordings and CDs Now Available!
F. Gerald Martin Pastoral Ministry Conference
Rooted in Our Tradition:
Growing Our Future
The 2011 F. Gerald Martin Pastoral Ministry Conference focused on key issues of importance viewed through the lens of justice. Within this context and for the good of us all, including the Church and the World, we focused on: Women, Sexuality, Culture, Race, City, Power, Medical Advances and more.
With wonderfully wise presenters (Megan McKenna, Fr. Tom Lumpkin, Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., Fr. Mark Miller, Jesse Cox, Elena Herrada, and Bishop Thomas Gumbleton) as our guides and gardeners, we took up the challenge and grounded our exploration in our Biblical and Lived traditions. Then, considering the many terrains, obstacles, and pathways, seeds were planted. We grew in mind and heart with a greater understanding of these complex realities and concerns. Together, we probed the soil as we considered how best to sow seeds of justice and tend to the nurturing of hope. Fed with the Word and the Fruit of the earth and vine, we were properly fortified to meet the future with a renewed and deepened sense of purpose rooted in Faith and to go out and be justice in our communities and to share the harvest of our labor.
For more information and an order form, click here.
Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11
Spirituality and Practice is connected to a group of sensitive, wise, and articulate Living Spiritual Teachers, some of whom have graciously contributed reflections for this anniversary observance. Links to Megan’s articles are found below:
Megan McKenna Book
receives 2011 Catholic Press Award
A recent book by Professor Megan McKenna, has just received an award from the Catholic Press. The book, This Will Be Remembered of Her, has been awarded THIRD place in the SPIRITUALITY Category of the 2011 Catholic Press Awards.
The Committee said, “Megan McKenna has been a theologian and storyteller in our Christian community for the last 40 years. Here she brings together stories from various traditions and true life stories that promote an inspirational vision of dedication and justice within the Christian church.”
A large number of beautiful new images have been added to Megan’s Gallery and are available in a variety of print sizes. To view and for ordering information, click here .