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Priest Support Groups: Recommendations and Resources

Taking the time to design a support group that meets the participants’ needs can positively impact the group dynamic and maximize the interpersonal and developmental benefits for the participants.

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Strategies for De-escalating Conflict

When tensions run high, often the best short-term solution is conflict de-escalation to help ensure the immediate conflict does not spiral out of control.

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Suicide Prevention: Ask the Question Directly to Save a Life

Learning more about suicide can help us build the courage to face this issue head on, ultimately saving lives and helping heal those we serve.

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The Facts About Dementia

Explore the characteristics of and differences among the four most common types of dementia.

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Every Z Counts: The Importance of Sleep

Sleep loss, even an hour or two a night, can have a significant impact on our physical, cognitive and psychosocial functioning. Learn why getting that extra bit of good sleep matters.

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Mindfulness and Stress Relief

Practicing simple mindfulness techniques can provide consistent relief from stress.

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Prayer and Spiritual Life in Times of Stress

Prayer can guide us and provide great comfort. Seek to develop a daily discipline of quiet and receptivity to God.

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Stress Reducing Foods

Six super-foods to diminish stress

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Tips for Managing Anxiety

Battle panic or rising anxiety by finding practical ways to relax in the moment.

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Finding your Digital Media Balance

Technology can help us connect with parishioners and seekers, but only if we set healthy boundaries for digital communication.

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Reducing Social Media Stress

Social media can cause stress! Some simple coping strategies may help.

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Authentic Communication in a Digital Age

Capuchin Father David Songy explores intentionality in our use of technology.

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Setting Digital Boundaries

Tips for healthy technology use

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Spirituality of Mercy

We receive mercy from God and, touched by his compassion, we then become merciful to others.

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Spiritual Exercises and the Corporal Works of Mercy

Capuchin Father David Songy encourages us to provide practical assistance to others in need, as Jesus called us to do, but suggests we don’t stop there.

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Meditating on Mercy

A guide for meditating on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy

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Being Merciful to Yourself

Learning to forgive yourself is a difficult but important part of living the fully human life God wants for us.

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Caregivers: Know Your Limits

Caregivers must learn to make peace with things outside of their control.

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Self-care Necessary for Healthy Ministry

Priests should acknowledge change and challenges in their life and embrace them in a healthy way.

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Accompanying the Ill and Dying

Rev. Paul Scaglione discusses the importance of helping patients sustain fruitful relationships with God and others.

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Take Care of Yourself to Take Care of Others

Dana Dowd, MSPT, offers practical self-care tips.

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The Importance of Self-Compassion

Treating ourselves kindly when confronted with personal failures can improve emotional well-being and increase our ability to withstand the impact of negative events.

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Understanding Cultural Differences

Insights into cross-cultural ministry from Rev. David Songy, O.F.M. Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., President of Saint Luke Institute.

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Helping Shared Parishes Succeed

Recommendations from Mar Muñoz-Visoso, Executive Director, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity, USCCB.

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Supporting Successful Ministry for International Priests and Religious

International priests and religious who come to serve in the United States need a strong community to help ease their transition.

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Healthy Humor

Using humor in a ministry setting is a great way to build relationships and promote unity.

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How Filters Impact our Communication

The filters that shape how we interpret the world can positively or negatively affect our communication with others.

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Candid Communication Habits that Work

Choosing the right words when dealing with an uncomfortable topic is difficult, but we can improve our communication skills with attention and practice.

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Aging Boomers to Impact Ministry

One of the biggest challenges the Church will face in the coming years will be the aging of the Baby Boomer generation and the impact on parish, priestly and religious life.

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Tips for Effective Communication

Quick tips for communicating more effectively.

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Successful Sleep Habits

Six to eight hours of good sleep per night is one of the most effective ways to give the body the strength it needs to handle stress.

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Family Breakdown May Increase Burnout Rates of Newly Ordained Priests

High-quality ongoing human formation is necessary to support young priests who potentially face high burnout rates.

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Allow God to Work through Natural “Touch Points”

Build a stronger prayer life by identifying regular “touch points” in which one naturally encounters God.

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Building Resilience through Healthy Relationships

We can develop resilience in ourselves and handle hardship more effectively by cultivating good self-esteem and nurturing healthy relationships.

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Easy Exercises to Prevent Pain

Re-establishing good posture is an easy way to help prevent pain.

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Turning Resolutions into Successful Habits

The main purpose of a New Year’s resolution or self-improvement goal should be to seek progress, not perfection.

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Approach Spiritual Life with Intention

Our relationship with God takes time, energy, and work – just like other relationships.

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Learn to Manage Food, Not Avoid It

Learn to manage food, not avoid it.

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Maintaining Balance During the Holidays

The holidays can be challenging for priests, religious and parish staff who must minister to large crowds while maintaining a healthy emotional and spiritual life.

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Healthy Habits for the Holidays

Exercising and eating and sleeping well can help us prepare for the stress of the holidays.

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Navigating the Stages of Transition

Priests, religious and lay leaders regularly encounter transitions that, while often expected and perhaps even desired, can nonetheless present challenges.

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Spiritual Growth Through Transition

Times of transition can be an experience of the “dark night of the soul” and are opportunities to surrender to God’s will.

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Food and Exercise in Times of Change

Transition often interrupts our exercise and healthy eating routines, and it is important to be deliberate about making good choices during a time of change.

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Trauma: Extraordinary Challenges & Opportunities

Learn how to minister more effectively to those struggling with the lasting impact of trauma.

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Humor: Health for You & Your Ministry

Using humor as a leadership and communication tool can positively impact the health and stability of those around you.

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Gender Matters: Women & Depression

Learn the signs and symptoms of depression that are unique to women women and offer appropriate support.

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