Bishop Matthew H. Clark will sign copies of his new book Forward in Hope: Saying Amen to Lay Ecclesial Ministry Sunday, Nov. 29, and Thursday, Dec. 3. The book (which has been reviewed for the Catholic Courier by Deacon Ray Defendorf) is being published Nov. 22 by Ave Maria Press.
The Nov. 29 signing will be at the Cathedral Shop at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester, following the 9:15 a.m. Mass.
Bishop Clark will speak about the book at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Community Room at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3349 Monroe Ave., Pittsford, and the signing will immediately follow. Copies will be sold at the event and will be stocked by Barnes and Noble locally.
The book is being sold for $11.95; proceeds will go to St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Pittsford.
The 128-page book explores the increasing significance of lay ecclesial ministry and how it is changing the face of the Roman Catholic Church. The book includes Bishop Clark’s personal experience and insights, and also features essays by several local lay ecclesial ministers: Anne-Marie Brogan, Charlotte Bruney, Rose Davis, Deborah Housel and Patrick Fox. Zeni V. Fox, an author and scholar, wrote the book’s foreword.
To order the book online, visit www.avemariapress.com and click on “New Releases.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: A review of Forward in Hope: Saying Amen to Lay Ecclesial Ministry will appear in the Catholic Courier’s December edition.