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Year of Faith

Year of Faith

October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013



 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Year of Faith


Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei


Videos for the Year of Faith


50th Anniversary of Vatican II


20th Anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church


Year of Faith Prayers/Intercessions/New Evangelization


World Mission Rosary

In February of 1951, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1950 to 1966), in a radio address (The Catholic Hour), inaugurated a World Mission Rosary.

"We must pray, and not for ourselves, but for the world. To this end, I have designed the World Mission Rosary." Praying this Rosary, Archbishop Sheen said, would "aid the Holy Father and his Society for the Propagation of the Faith by supplying him with practical support, as well as prayers, for the poor mission territories of the world."

World Mission Rosary information taken from

Collaboration: CCMA and CCCM Working Together

In addition to this wonderful mosaic of interfaith dialogue and cultural diversity, members from the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA), and their Canadian counterpart, Canadian Campus Ministry Association (CCCM), joined together to discuss a variety of issues regarding Catholic university chaplaincies. In addition, the associations envisioned new opportunities to collaborate on new initiatives that would foster their mutual mission of the pastoral care of university students. Laurie Svatek, Board Chair of CCMA, commented that “having the opportunity to gather with campus ministers from Canada was a great opportunity to have an experience of the broader Church and ministry, which will undoubtedly benefit those ministering in the United States."            

A highlight of the CCMA and CCCM meetings occurred on June 27 at the St. Thomas More Catholic Center and Chapel at Yale. Through the organizational leadership of Rev. Martin Moran, CCMA Executive Director, and Laurie Svatek, the two groups gathered to discuss the planning and implementation of events surrounding the upcoming Year of Faith announced by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter, PORTA FIDEI, dated October 11, 2011. Commenting on our joint efforts, Fr. Moran noted that it was “a wonderful opportunity to meet and begin to find ways of partnering with our Canadians folks across the American border to explore best practices in implementing the New Evangelization and Catecheses.”            

The fruits of the discussion centered on the Pope’s emphases regarding the documents of the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Catholic Church as two pillars of resources to help in the transmission and education of the Catholic faith. Kyle Ferguson, National Coordinator for CCCM, remarked, “The challenge for our chaplaincies is to bring these documents alive for our students, to increase their knowledge and depth of the faith, and fundamentally, to help facilitate a relationship and encounter with the person of Jesus Christ.” Indeed, the importance of these documents has been highlighted by the timing of the Year of Faith this Octoberv which marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, as well as the 25th  anniversary of the release of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.            

After a lengthy discussion between the Canadian and American organizations, both groups were invited to the Knights of Columbus national headquarters for an evening of socializing, food and beverage, and most notably, a tour of the Knights national museum. All the chaplains and campus ministers were extremely grateful for the warm hospitality provided by the Knights and their genuine interest in our mission as organizations: To be a witness to our faith on campus and the pastoral care of university students. Oriana Bertucci, who serves as the Chair of CCCM, commented that “the two organizations have many common goals in place and we look forward to future partnerships with CCMA.”

Ideas for Celebrating the Year of Faith

1. Theology on Tap

2. Brown Bag Series

3. Social media-Flock Notes

4. Celebrate 50 years of Vatican II as an ecumenical event

5. Invite different faith expressions to give a talk or testimony of what their faith means to them

6. One-on-one sharing of spiritual biographies

7. Coles notes (ie: Cliffs Notes) of documents, eg: key points of document on Constitution on the Church; questions to follow how the Church has and has not met the challenges of the document;  where do we go now?; your hopes for the Church

8. Reflect on “Year of Faith” in light of the activities they are already involved in, eg; going to a football game as a group, and then asking, “Where was faith operative here?”

9. Opening celebration: Mass, reception, lectio

10. “Virtual coffee shop” on NE: joint initiative (CCMA, CCCM)

11. Social media outreach

12.  Year of Faith banner or symbol

13. JPII: Crossing the threshold of hope; BXVI: Jesus is the hope for the world

14. Student witness videos

15. Martyr shrine pilgrimage

16. YOUCAT: Student presentations on main sections and discussions

17: Café: Afternoon coffee hours discussing key figures of the Bible

18. Renewal of vows: professions, marriage, baptismal

19. Sharing vocational narratives (faculty, clergy, campus ministry…)

20. Weekend of workshops and lectures on “Vatican II Today”

21. Tap into the Vatican II Institute at St. Michael’s at U of T (research center)

22. Ensure as campus ministers that we are reading and truly engaging the relevant texts; engage our students with these texts

23. Invite speakers into your university or college who have experienced Vatican II

24. Engage students with the Vatican II video series

25. Focus on ministerial/liturgical training for lay people (encourage students to serve in both an ecclesial as well as secular setting)

26. Hash out the terms “sacred” and “secular” and apply to your ministry; according to Fr. François and the majority, this requires rigorous study

27. Re-educate students (re-catechize them) on the teachings of Vatican II to “fill in the gap” in regard to understanding the meaning; (in some ways, this education was lacking after the council)

28. Go to primary sources, and take time to engage, permeate and dialogue with them.

29. Allow the Holy Spirit to trump your “five year plan.

30. Ensure YOU are being an authentic witness to the Gospel

31. Not here to just evangelize or catechize our students, but to help them form a personal relationship with Jesus


Year of Faith in the News

Bells To Ring In Year of Faith

Join Catholic churches across the country: ring your bells at 12 noon on October 11 to celebrate the beginning of the Year of Faith.

At 12 noon on October 11, 2012, hundreds of Catholic churches and thousands of people across the United States will be joining together to ring in the first day of the Year of Faith. Every church is invited to take part.

WHAT:Join Catholic churches across the country by ringing your bells for 3 minutes to celebrate the beginning of the Year of Faith. Next month marks the beginning of the Year of Faith as declared by Pope Benedict XVI. It’s a time to reflect on and renew our faith.

WHEN:Ring your bells at 12 noon on October 11, for 3 minutes, to celebrate the beginning of the Year of Faith.

WHY:The sound of bells ringing out together across communities to mark this important year will be a memorable celebration for your parish and community. Hundreds of people have already registered and the event has captured the imagination of many church communities.

Anyone can take part by ringing any kind of bell for three minutes -- from a carillon of bells to a digital carillon celebration peal to enthusiastic children with hand bells, bicycle bells and doorbells. The sound of thousands of bells across the country ringing out at the same time to mark this important time will be a thrilling experience and a memorable celebration among Catholics, parishes, and communities.

“‘Ring in’ the Year of Faith by ringing your church bells for the noon Angelus on October 11, 2012. Let your neighbors know that the New Evangelization is underway in your part of the world,” said Bishop James D. Conley, Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Reverend Martin Moran, Executor Director, Catholic Campus Ministry Association, added, “Joining together to ring bells is a great way to enhance the visibility of Year of Faith and a personal reminder to renew our call to holiness and personal conversion.”

Bells have long been part of the Catholic tradition and fulfill an important role in the community. Since the 14th century, it has been customary to ring church bells to remind the faithful to pray the Angelus. Many parishes around the country continue the tradition of ringing the Angelus, at morning, noon, and evening. Church bells also ring out to remember loved ones and commemorate special occasions and events.

“For centuries, the sounds of church bells have drawn the Faithful together to worship Our Lord and celebrate Christian community. As we begin The Year of Faith, I invite you to join the Son Rise Morning Show and Verdin Bells to ring out the Good News that Jesus is The Lord of our lives. The truth will set us free. Let freedom ring,” said Brian Patrick, Son Rise Morning Show Host.

To get involved, register at Everyone who signs up will be able to download a Verdin bell ringtone and participate on an individual level as well.

For more information please contact:
Bob Santoro, The Verdin Company
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Year of Faith: October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013
The Year of Faith was announced by Pope Benedict XVI last year in his apostolic letter, Porta Fiedi. It will begin on October 22, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. It also coincides iwth the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The year will end on November 245, 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith. Learn more:

About the Verdin Company
The tradition of bells inspired and brings people and communities together. Verdin is a sixth-generation Catholic family-owned business. We are proud of our heritage, and privillged to partner with 10,000 Catholic churches and cathedrals across the United States since 1842. Our cast bronze bells and digital carillon bells have provided liturgical bells and hymns for 170 years. Find out how you can bring the sound of church bells to your parish and community, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit