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Aquinas Institute of Theology alumna, Karla J. Bellinger’s newly released book entitled Connecting Pulpit and Pew: Breaking Open the Conversation about Catholic Preaching, has already garnered an endorsement of being both “accessible and practical” from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The book’s content is drawn from Bellinger’s doctoral thesis study on the following three points: the connection of young listeners with Catholic Sunday preaching; her interview of clergy regarding their needs for ongoing formation in preaching; and her collaborative study with the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) about the homiletic conversation between lay leaders and the clergy with whom they work.

In his endorsement of the book, Archbishop Kurtz said, “This study will assist all in the Church as we answer the call of Pope Francis to make good preaching a true encounter with Jesus Christ and a vital part of the new evangelization.”

Bellinger explains that her vision in writing Connecting Pulpit and Pew: Breaking Open the Conversation about Catholic Preaching was for it to be used as a tool to truly open up conversation about Catholic preaching.  For other endorsements for Bellinger's book, see the editorial reviews at

“We are proud of all of our Aquinas Institute alumni, and very proud of Karla and this new text that will have a positive impact on the church,” noted Aquinas Institute President, Fr. David Caron, O.P.

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