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Karie Ferrell, Corinna Laughlin, Paul Turner, Thomas P. Welch

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Ushers and greeters—ministers of hospitality—are vital to parishes so they need strong formation to comfortably and graciously respond to the needs of everyone who comes through the doors of your church. Solid training helps them become models of hospitality for the whole parish. This guide helps you train new and returning ministers of hospitality by providing knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are practical, theologically and liturgically-informed, and spiritually inspiring.

With its new title, design, and added content, this revised edition is more helpful than ever. To Fr. Paul Turner’s foundational chapters on the meaning and history of the ministry and on the ministry’s spiritual dimensions, a brief chapter on the liturgy by liturgist Corinna Laughlin has been added. To Karie Ferrell’s practical and wise advice on the many detailed duties of the ministry, psychiatrist and spiritual director Thomas Welch has contributed some additional perspectives. Updates to frequently asked questions, the annotated list of recommended resources, and the glossary have added yet more value to the book, and questions for reflection and discussion continue to accompany each chapter.

Let this guide help you open wide the doors of your church so that it can be, as Pope Francis has called for, a spiritual field hospital for our needy world.

This guide includes:

  • Theological and historical reflections on the liturgy and the ministry
  • Practical skill-building and advice for serving in this role
  • Ways to deepen your spirituality and call to discipleship
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Recommended resources
  • A glossary
  • Questions for discussion and reflection
A “must have” for anyone serving or thinking about serving as a liturgical minister of hospitality! Rich with the history of hospitality in the Catholic Church, this book provides the tools necessary to serve with confidence as an usher, greeter, or minister of hospitality. In addition, it challenges readers to reflect on the ministry’s principles (kindness, generosity, and community-building) and bring them into their everyday life. Helen Hayes, coordinator of the Joyful Greeter Ministry. St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Derwood, Maryland This guide begins by concisely explaining the nature of the liturgy and the history of hospitality ministry. It then makes the essential connection between Sunday liturgy and the minister’s daily life and spiritual identity. It is an easy-to-read, yet thorough book—an invaluable resource for parish leaders and liturgical ministers. Julie Grace Males, Director, Office of Divine Worship, Archdiocese of Baltimore Even before the processional music and opening prayers, parish liturgy begins with hospitality. This concise guide provides practical advice for every parish, a spiritual context for the practice of hospitality ministry, and helpful insights for deepening the minister’s sense of discipleship. Perhaps more than ever, our parishes need skills for welcoming all as Christ. Rev. Greg E. Bahl, DMin, director of the Office of Worship, Archdiocese of Dubuque Treasure this revised edition, because it offers rich, realistic resources for supporting and implementing the ministry of hospitality. As the welcoming “first responders” to all those who come to our churches, hospitality ministers can draw new wisdom and renewed practice from this accessible, well-crafted booklet. Ushers and greeters take note: your ministry will be forever enriched! Patricia J. Hughes, DMin., has directed the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Grand Rapids and the Diocese of Dallas