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Anna Dudek

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Anna Dudek is an Evangelization Associate for the Office for the New Evangelization.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Christ Renews His Parish - A Parochial Spiritual Renewal Process

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is an effective, personal and parish-driven spiritual renewal process which calls together members of the parish community – clergy, religious, and laity- to accept the invitation “to come and see.”  The renewal weekend (one weekend for men, one weekend for women) is given for PARISHIONERS by PARISHIONERS (who have previously experienced a Christ Renews His Parish Weekend and become lay Spiritual Directors) and, of course, the parish priest.

Each lay Spiritual Director is trained for the role during a thirteen-week, twenty-six hour training process. Each person is invited to the training by the pastor, who guides the formation of a team in and for Christ and creating the nucleus of the spiritual renewal process. During each CHRP Spiritual Director Training, participants have an opportunity to strengthen their relationship with Christ and share their experience in ministry with each other. These thirteen weeks motivate them “to bring new evangelization fervor and a new capacity for dialog with the world whereby the Church is renewed.” Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, #29

Next year the Office for the New Evangelization will offer Spiritual Director Training in the spring at Our Lady of the Wayside in Arlington Heights. For more information visit

The Christ Renews His Parish weekend can be made as a renewal experience with no further commitments. However, after the renewal weekend, participants have an opportunity to add an additional weekend, (for a new group of parishioners), and participate in a team formation process that includes weekly spiritual meetings.


  • A newcomer?
  • A new family in the Religious Education Program?
  • Unemployed?
  • Interested in knowing more about prayer?
  • Interested in learning more about Scripture?
  • A single parent?
  • Interested in moving closer to God?
  • Interested in getting involved in parish ministries?
  • A pastor or deacon in need of helping hands?

If your answer to any of the above is YES! Then Christ Renews His Parish can be a help to your parish.

Since 1969, CRHP has impacted over 1,000 parishes in 32 states, 84 Catholic dioceses and received the recommendation of the renewal office of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Today, CRHP offers an opportunity to step back from daily life and re-examine our Christian, Catholic commitment to the teachings of Jesus.

So, in the words of our Savior, we too, invite you, “Come and you will see.” ~ John 1:39

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