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.
Gospel experts speak at 20th annual Castelot Summer Scripture Series Lake Orion — For almost 2,000 years, Christian communities have gathered together to read and reflect on Scripture. Written by those who were closest to Christ, the Gospel still serves as a relevant guide for Christians today. From June 20-23, Scripture scholars and teachers from…
Castelot Summer Scripture
June 20-23, 2016
To link to the homilies and presentations of The Gospel of Luke for the Jubilee of Mercy, click here.
You are welcomed to download the following which will appear in the 2nd edition by Paulist Press in late March, 2016.
To purchase the newest version of Megan’s book, Listen Here, click here.
“God is listening. What are we saying?” With these words Megan McKenna begins this inspiring, accessible, and practical guide to finding and building the spiritual connection that brings God’s love into our life and our world. She is not primarily focused on praying to God but on creating a long enduring, deepening relationship with Godthat we are listened to, as a people, as one voice. Individual voices are all there, but what do we sound like, as one voice crying out since in our humanness we are all one, wanting not only God to hear and listen to usto attend to us, but we want everyone else to hear and listen to us as well? This book is for everyone, anyone who seeks to hear, to listen, and to become more human, in the image of the one who is listening to us all. And it asks: What are we saying? And then it probes deeper still: “Are we listening back?”
Another great book by Megan, Angels Unaware, which was recently revised.
“Megan McKenna focuses her spiritual ken in this book on the messengers of God who have played such important roles in Hebrew and Christian scriptures. She writes about Michael, the protector; Gabriel, archangel of truth; Raphael, companion angel; and Uriel, archangel of death and conversion. At one point McKenna calls angels “mysteries of God’s imagination.” As usual, the author spices up this material with stories from many different religious traditions. McKenna concludes that the guardian angels of the poor, the dispossessed, and the persecuted are deeply appreciated. This is one book on angels that refreshingly stays grounded on earth.” -Spirituality and Practice “Angels are evidence that God is taking notice of us. They ask the same always: surrender, obedience, submission, radical abasement and humility before the Holy One. Some say they make us homesick for heaven. They are always present, ministering, even though we are unaware of them. They hover near wombs, caves, gardens and tombs, but almost any place is made holy by their visitation. They stand in silent rage against inhumanity, knowing that it is up to us to oppose it, not them. They love earth even more since the Incarnation, and they come to visit and linger in the houses of the poor, in the byways and on the roads. They seem always to be asking us to make alliance with them and so comfort God, who has come to save us all and restore earth to the original dream of holiness. As the angels retie the bonds between heaven and earth, the mysterious plan from the beginning will be fulfilled.” -from the Introduction
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Prayer for Bridge Makers
Jesus, Crucified and Risen Lord of Life you are the original bridge maker.
Your cross bridged the gulf between all of us and God. Your becoming one of us in sharing our human flesh, your living with passion, your dying and rising has reconciled us all to God and to one another binding us all together, making us as one in you. You have included all the earth and even the reaches of the universe in that rebinding, making us your ambassadors and peace-makers, asking us to plead now on your behalf and continue the binding of all in your embrace
Help us now to bridge the divides that separate us and painstakingly take down the
walls that have so callously been built to keep others out, to exclude and to
isolate so many, carving up your earth and severing us from living with You.
Help us to build a bridge—to those on the other side of the border
to those across the street
to those across the aisle in our churches
to those across continents and oceans
to those across any arbitrary line that claims—them vs. us.
Help us rebuild even bridges of ice that can reconnect continents.
Help us to build a bridge to those outside our doors, our churches, our nations
our genders, our languages, our races, our economic brackets
and our hearts.
Help us to build a bridge between all the hungry people—for food, for justice, for
Acceptance, for a life that is more than surviving, for eucharist, for inclusion,
for a chance to be heard and treated with dignity.
Help us to build a bridge into prisons of concrete, prisons of ideas and prejudices, of systems of power, and of long held hostilities.
Help us to build bridges to those who are the victims of violence, of trafficking, of
of slavery, of poverty, of racial hate, of abuse and those condemned self-righteously by those who say that they believe in you.
Help us to build bridges across the divides in families, of old hurts and broken
Jesus, you call us your friends, if we do what you command us—make us your friends.
Break down the walls we have constructed and open our minds, our souls and our hearts.
Break down our wills so that we are one with your will that created us to be one with all
You have made, as you are the One in the Three together.
Break open our lives and open us to your Word with others.
For every wall we have built, may we build three bridges.
For every wall we have raised, may we open a door, throw wide a window.
May we be remembered as those who extended the hand of forgiveness, then offered
to walk together reconciling others; then rebuilt with restorative justice so that
we could once again be as one, dwelling in peace and in communion with you.
Let us remember, that each of us, every human being was made in the sign of the cross:
That we stand between earth and high heaven, our feet rooted in the ground and
our spirits soaring towards your presence. Let us remember that our arms are
stretched wide, seeking to become a bridge to others, as far as our enemies,
making them as close as our friends.
Let us pray always in the name of the Trinity, that we sign one another with as we walk your Way, across your bridge—the wood of the cross, blessing one another, [cross our hearts, and hope to die] in your Spirit, with Jesus the face of Mercy, God our Father/Abba straining to give birth to us, and sighing in all our hearts as we go looking for home, with the door standing open, waiting and welcoming us in. The doors of your heart are always open. Break open our hearts and leave them open until we are all one—and home. Amen.
Article by Megan
How the Synod Should Begin
First: The Welcome and Invitation
To read this article, click here.
Sermon by Megan
Delivered on August 30, 2015 at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Norman, OK
To listen to Megan’s sermon on a reading from the Gospel according to Mark, click here.
Catholic Social Practice Webinar Series 2014
Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching
The One Who Truly Healed Me
with Dr. Megan McKenna
Click here to listen to this audio presentation.
Parish Mission at Christ the Redeemer Church, Orion Lake, MI
- Are you Jesus? – March 9, 2014
- “Thirsty for Living Water” (John 4) – March 9, 2014
- “Rejoicing In Your Light” – March 10, 2014
- “That We Might Have Life” (John 11:9) – March 11, 2014
Interview with Megan McKenna from UK
Dr. Megan McKenna is a celebrated theologian and prolific author. She was appointed an Ambassador for Peace for Pax Christi in 2002 and was presented with the Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice in 2012. This conversation with her is amazing and inspirational: To read full interview, click here.
Megan McKenna Publications!
The Tablet (Issue No 190 – September 2013) – the monthly magazine for the Catholics of the Dunedin Diocese of New Zealand. Megan was featured on the cover and also on page 3. Dialogue Australasia Journal (Issue No 30 – November 2013) – is a twice yearly publication committed to improving the academic standards of religion, philosophy, and values education in Australia. To read Megan’s 4-page article, Cast Out Into the Deep! The Art of Daring to Teach Religion, 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.
To read full article, click here.
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. To read full article, click here.
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.
Megan McKenna at Christ The Redeemer Church 3/9/14Reflections 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 .