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Leader’s Playbook for the Year of Parish Revival

Jesus and the Eucharist is a new small group series, co-created by the USCCB and Augustine Institute, that aims to support parishes in their efforts to provide Eucharistic-based faith formation in structured, small group settings during The Year of Parish Revival. Of the four pillars that uphold the movement of the National Eucharistic Revival—Reinvigorating Worship, Personal Encounter, Robust Faith Formation, and Missionary Sending—Jesus and the Eucharist was created as a tangible underpinning to the third pillar of formation.

The seven-part guided series consists of a video and table discussion component and releases new lessons weekly from September 14 to October 26 on the National Eucharistic Revival’s online LEARN platform.

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Meet the Spokespersons

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Joel Stepanek

Chief Operating Officer for the National Eucharistic Congress, Inc.

Joel Stepanek has been actively and passionately involved in ministry for over 15 years. What began as a simple internship in a parish youth ministry office evolved into an incredible adventure that led him on numerous middle school lock-ins, high school retreats, and parish missions. Joel has traveled across the world speaking to groups of all sizes, ages, and vocations. Joel and his wife, Colleen, reside in Phoenix, AZ, with their three young children.

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Kris Frank

Chief MissiOn Officer for the National Eucharistic Congress, Inc.

Prior to joining the National Eucharistic Congress team, Kris served as a Director of Youth Ministry at the parish level and more recently as the Vice President of Vagabond Missions. Kris has also been privileged to travel around the country, sharing the Gospel with teens and adults at retreats, camps, conferences, and parish missions. Over the years, he has contributed to various evangelical and catechetical writing projects and publications. In 2020, Kris published his first book, Hope Always: An Anchor for Life’s Storms. He is a graduate of Franciscan University, where he also serves as an adjunct professor of Catechetics. Kris lives in Steubenville, Ohio, with his wife, Grace, and their five children.

Suggested Interview Questions

Can you share with our audience how this Eucharistic-based small group series was developed and why?
The small group series is something that was mentioned in June as a forthcoming resource in the Leader’s Playbook for the Year of Parish Revival. Are you able to highlight any other suggested ways parishes can live out the parish year in terms of catechesis?
What are the long-term fruits you hope will result from this faith formation offering?
If a parish wants to begin this program on a weekly basis, what are the first steps in getting started?
How are these lessons being released, and where can people go to check them out if they’re not being offered formally at their local parish?

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