Today's issue of the Catholic Universe Bulletin contains two short profiles I wrote about people going through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program. Those choosing to convert will declare the intentions at the Rite to Elect ceremony being held on Sunday at Public Auditorium.
Our Lenten homework for RCIA is to read a book about Catholic church history. Catholics apparently are notorious for not knowing the history of their church. We received several suggestions, but I welcome any and all recommendations. Here's the list:
The Story of Christianity by Justo Gonzalez comes in two volumes -- early church to the Reformation and the Reformation to present day.
Christianity by Roland H. Bainton
A Concise History of the Catholic Church by Thomas Bokenkotter
Christianity: A Global History by David Chidester
I'm a history buff and tend to go for more rather than less when it comes to history so I'm planning to check out the two-volume Gonzalez books this weekend.
Please share your recommendations here.
One final note: I plan to attend the Catholic-Jewish Colloquium at 7 p.m. on March 15 at Congregation Shaarey Tikvah in Beachwood. The program is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, the Catholic Diocese Office of Interfaith Affairs and St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. Rev. George M. Smiga and Rabbi Edward C. Bernstein will discuss "Preaching and Teaching Difficult Texts in the Bible." The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call ADL at (216) 579-9600.