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Nancy Polacek

About the Blogger

Nancy Polcek is the Director of the Office for New Evangelization.

Blog posts by Nancy Polacek

  • Tuesday, February 03, 2015

    Parish Leadership Day 2015

    I’ve been walking the halls of an empty high school building the last few weekends and imagining how different it will look on February 21st.  The high school is Marist, a Catholic, college-prep school, home of the mighty Redhawks and a student body of almost 1,800!  On my early morning rounds, the halls are long, wide and ready for the crowds of people who will pack the place at Parish Leadership Day.


  • Monday, June 16, 2014

    Catholic Family Day at Great America is coming this Sunday - June 22

    We all know that family life is full of ups and downs. In fact, some parents have said that living through the joys and challenges of raising children is like riding a rollercoaster! Catholic Family Day at Six Flags Great America is a most-fitting way to celebrate the Year of Strong Catholic Parents.


  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Winning Gold – Leadership Day 2014

    I’ll admit it; I’m a hooked on the Olympics!  The athletic competitions are exciting and what really draws me in are the stories of an athlete’s life, when you get a glimpse of the challenges and obstacles each person has had to overcome.


  • Monday, December 27, 2010

    "Behold, I make all things new" Revelation 21:5

    It's time for a new beginning and a little "house-keeping" is in order! What will you throw out and what will you keep? I'm not talking about old appliances or out-of-date clothing, but rather old patterns of behavior that hold us back from giving and receiving love.


  • Monday, October 04, 2010

    What happens when the Catholic Church uses modern media to evangelize?

    According to surveys sent in after the Catholics Come Home ads went off the air last January, people really did “come home.”  Parishes reported that after the five weeks of television ads combined with their outreach efforts, more people were attending Mass and participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  An unexpected benefit to the television ads was that active parishioners felt a renewed sense of pride and Catholic identity because of the positive portrayal of the Church on TV.


  • Monday, March 01, 2010

    Catholics Come Home

    You may have seen experiences of speed and excitement while watching skiing events in the winter Olympics, but that is nothing compared to what’s been going on in the Office for Evangelization in the last 8 months!