Schedule a Talk!

 Solid and Engaging
Adult Faith Formation

Talks, series, workshops and retreats led by 
Sister Anne Flanagan, fsp
A variety of presentations to help your parish or organization members gain new insights into Catholic spirituality and mission.

(Available soon: 5 Keys to Understanding Pope Francis!)

St. Paul: Life and Letters

Who better than the Daughters of St. Paul
to help  your parish or organization members come to a
better knowledge of the Apostle Paul?

Face to Face with Paul
Much of the artistic tradition depicting the life of Paul depends not only on Scripture, but on little-known Christian legends. You may be surprised by what you can learn of Paul's life, ministry and martyrdom as seen through the lens of 100 works of art.

(This presentation runs roughly 90 minutes and requires a room dark enough for slides to be visible. I provide the projector; you provide a screen or a blank wall.)

Starting to Read Paul
An introduction to the Letters of St. Paul in their overall context: the Bible as Paul knew it; the Bible as Paul used it; Paul as a biblical author. Ideal for an audience just getting started in Scripture study. 

Five Big Ideas We Owe to Paul
Many Catholic commonplaces, from "offering it up" to the language of marriage as a sacrament, come to us from St. Paul. What does St. Paul have to say to us today through these "big ideas" that he was the first to articulate?


Mystery, Memory,  Mission: The Mass!
Choose the whole series of four 45-minute presentations as a program, schedule a single talk, or a morning/full day workshop!
  • Mystery: The Language of Liturgy and the Place of Sunday
  • Memory: Part 1, How the Church Reads the Bible; the Liturgy of the Word
  • Memory: Part 2, More than a Memory; the Liturgy of the Eucharist
  • Mission: Sent in Peace (from Communion to the Dismissal and beyond)

The Liturgy of the Hours: What it Is and How to Pray It

It's not just for priests anymore! Everyone is encouraged to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. But it can seem so...intimidating. Not after this introduction! Covers the origin, goals and structure of the Liturgy of the Hours (and what to do with all those ribbons!)
Choose the basic presentation (1 hour) or a 
full morning workshop with Morning Prayer and Noonday Prayer. 

The Spirituality of Eucharistic Adoration

For many people, Eucharistic adoration is a new and welcome discovery, drawing from and leading back to the Eucharistic Celebration. The history and structure of the Mass itself offers a kind of pattern that can easily be carried over into prayerful adoration.
Ideal for parishes where formal adoration is already established or is just being introduced.

The Church and Media

Social Media for Ministry
Facebook. Twitter. YouTube. Blogs: new media offer new ways to meet people and share everything from photos to faith. What is this new world of social networking? How can you be a part of it? Is there room for Jesus on Facebook?
Four hour "New Media in Ministry" in-serviceavailable for diocesan catechists or youth ministry teams; team-taught with Sr. Helena Burns, fsp.
One hour, one-on-one mentoring sessions also available. We'll help you get started on Facebook and Twitter, or other social networks of your choosing. Your place or ours. Call for info.

Catholics and the Media: Yesterday and Today
As Catholics, we have an interesting (and strikingly positive) approach to media. Find out what the Popes have taught, and how Catholics have influenced the history of modern media, as well as what is being done by the people in the pews today.


Pauline Day of Recollection
Offer your parishioners, staff or organization members a morning of prayer and reflection with St. Paul. Morning "retreat" consists of two half-hour conferences on Pauline spirituality, plus a guided Hour of Eucharistic Adoration.


A Daughter of St. Paul for over 30 years, Sister Anne Flanagan served as catechetical author and editor for Pauline Books & Media, Boston, and is a specialist in the spirituality of the Pauline Family. Sister Anne is an enthusiastic blogger (visit her Nunblog or follower @nunblogger on Twitter!) and holds a Master's Degree in Religious Studies (St. Charles Seminary, Overbrook, PA) and a  Certificate in Spiritual Formation (Catholic Theological Union, Chicago).

Contact info: email aflanagan [at] paulinemedia [dot] com or call (Mon-Sat 10:00-5:30 CST) 312 346 4228

A stipend of $150 is requested for each presentation. (The Day of Recollection functions as two presentations.) Full-day workshops, $500. Travel/lodging added for bookings beyond the Chicago metropolitan area. 

Catholic resources in Scripture study and prayer for all ages can be made available for purchase before and after all sessions. (If your parish has a school, we can coordinate a J-Club Catholic book fair for the children to coincide with the adult faith formation presentations. See for information about the book fair program.)