You are on page 1of 4

December 2009

Praying Our Faith

Why Catholic? Training continues

August 2009
Murphy Canyon Chapel Center “I have seen a huge change in
San Diego, CA
myself and I attribute that to the

e completed another round at three training
sites: San Diego, Seoul and Honolulu,
Why Catholic? process.”
during this past summer/fall. Eighteen
participants from five bases were present in San
Diego. We welcomed two new bases to the Why
Catholic? community – Naval Base San Diego and
Davis-Montham AFB in Arizona. This training
marked the fourth and last for McChord AFB,
Washington and Little Rock, AFB, Arkansas. Both of
these bases have successfully completed all four
books of the Why Catholic? process. The good news at
Little Rock is that they started the process with 21
people and now have five groups with 48 in
attendance. McChord also shared that they have 3
groups with a steady 35 folks in attendance.
“I enjoyed
the discussion
on overcoming
obstacles in

September 2009
Religious Retreat Center
Yongsan, Seoul

eventeen participants from three areas of the
Army were present. Four of five chaplains were
new to the peninsula at the time of the training.
Two were able to make the weekend and one sent a
representative. Marie Jordan, the WC? Coordinator
from Area 3 travelled the two plus hour journey on the
bus with her newborn son, Joseph, who turned ten
days old on the weekend. Marie has not missed a
training weekend!
“During the retreat, I was
thrilled to have some quiet
time to allow the Holy Spirit to
work within me—the exercise
to have a conversation with a
person in the Scripture
was superb!”

“Thank you, Sr. Maureen, for coming

all the way to Korea to be with us!”

2 On the Pastoral Front (Dec 2009)

Understanding “Tradition”
“Tradition” The handing on of the Gospel
Tradition means literally “handing on.” In this context is continued IN THE APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION.
we mean the handing on of the Gospel, as commanded The apostles left bishops as their successors [CCC 77].
by Christ himself. This living transmission, accomplished in the Holy
The transmission of Divine Revelation is about Spirit is called Tradition (distinct from Sacred
bringing all peoples to the knowledge of the truth, that Scripture, but closely connected to it). Through
is, of Christ Jesus, so that they may be saved. This Tradition “the Church in her doctrine, life and worship,
means that the Church must proclaim Christ to all perpetuates and transmits to every generation all that
peoples, in all times, so that this revelation may reach she herself is, all that she believes” (Dei Verbum , 8.1).
to the ends of the earth [CCC 74]. Tradition and Sacred Scripture, therefore, have
The fullness of Revelation is Christ himself, as the - one common source;
Word made flesh. Christ himself then commanded the - but they are two distinct modes of transmission
apostles to preach the Gospel. In preaching the Gospel, [CCC 81].
they were to communicate the gifts of God to all men;
this Gospel is the source of all saving truth and moral The difference between
discipline [CCC 75]. “Tradition” and “traditions”
The Tradition (sometimes referred to as “the great
We believe there are two essential ways in which the Tradition”) is that which comes from the apostles, in
Gospel was and is handed on. which they hand on what they received from Jesus’
The Gospel is handed on teaching and example, and what they learned from the
This happens in two ways: Over time, the Church throughout the world has
developed various traditions (in liturgy, in devotion, in
• orally “by the apostles who handed on, by the
theology, and in Church discipline), adapted to different
spoken word of their preaching, by the example
places and times. These are expressions of the great
they gave, by the institutions they established, Tradition. These can and should change, in the light of
what they themselves received—whether from the how they express the great Tradition [CCC 83].
lips of Christ, from his way of life and his words, or
whether they had learned it at the prompting of the Further Reading:
Holy Spirit” (Dei Verbum, Vatican II’s Dogmatic United States Catholic Catechism for Adults,
Constitution on Divine Revelation, 7). Chapter 3 (pages 23-33)
• in writing “by those apostles and other men
associated with the apostles who, under the
inspiration of the same Holy Spirit, committed the
message of salvation to writing” (Dei Verbum, 7)
[CCC 76].

All the faithful share an understanding and handing on revealed truth.

“The whole body of the faithful cannot err ... in matters of belief. This characteristic is
shown in the supernatural appreciation of faith (census fidei) on the part of the whole
people, when, ‘from the bishops to the last of the faithful,’
they manifest a universal consent in matters of faith and morals”
(CCC, no. 92, citing Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium; LG), no. 12).

On the Pastoral Front (Dec 2009) 3

right into the
session and
showing the new
folks exactly
what we are
about was

October 2009
Profession of Faith
AMR Chapel Center
Honolulu, HI What We Believe
Our next training will provide a basic theological

ourteen participants from the Army, Navy and grounding in the core beliefs of our faith as
the Marines joined us at AMR for our expressed in the Apostles’ Creed.
workshops. The hospitality could not have been
Schedule of trainings:
warmer. I had the wonderful opportunity to be
present for the first faith sharing session of the AMR’s ▪ U.S. bases
Why Catholic? community on Christian Prayer. The January 8-10, 2010
sharing and prayer were inspiring and I was grateful Murphy Canyon Chapel Center
for the invitation to attend. San Diego, CA
▪ Bases in Hawaii
February 11-13, 2010
AMR Chapel Center
Honolulu, HI
▪ Bases in Korea
February 19-21, 2010
Religious Retreat Center
Yongsan, Seoul

For more information, please contact:

Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP

All content (text, photographs, and design) of this Newsletter

© 2009 RENEW International.
For further information about the Why Catholic? process for the
Military, please contact Sister Maureen at:
RENEW International, 1232 George Street,
Plainfield, NJ 07062-1717
Tel: 908-769-5400 x 121 Fax: 908-769-5660
Email: MaureenC

4 On the Pastoral Front (Dec 2009)