Today’s guest post is by Deacon Kevin Bagley, Director of Verbum.
About a month ago, I was blessed to become the new Director of Verbum. Dr. Andrew Jones, my predecessor, is to be commended for building the Verbum brand and product. Andrew has taken on a new role in his professional career and we wish him much success and happiness.
As director, it is my responsibility to ensure that our products operate as they should, and that we provide the best materials for your use on our platform. My goal is to bring more of the faithful, and inquirers, to Verbum, and generally make sure things are moving forward as they should.
A bit about me: I am a Roman Catholic Deacon, ordained in 2001. I earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from The Catholic University of America. I have served as pastoral administrator for a suburban 1,400 family parish with an elementary school. My work experience includes private sector jobs, including retail, as well as government employment. And now I am here because I believe I am where God wants me to be.
Verbum has great folks working very hard to ensure the highest quality Catholic resources are available for you. They are researching, writing, formatting, indexing, tagging and, well, keeping very busy. Our goal at Verbum is to build the Kingdom of God by providing you with the tools you need to accomplish your goals.
You know the power of Verbum. You are using it to prepare catechetical material for classes, collect thoughts to prepare a homily, do extensive research for an academic endeavor, or just browse through the resources for additional information.
I thank you for trusting us with your important work! Questions, comments, or concerns are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome and congratulations. I wish you every success in your new post.
Logos is a great resource and all Christians can benefit from it and learn more about each other.
Thank you for your wishes.
I pray that the work we do will lead to a greater relationship with our Savior and help us be more Christ-like in our work, our families and our communities.
OOPS…one vital word left out: You guys are a lot more fun as long as you don’t get into “ours is the only valid Eucharist” stuff. I’m very sure that during the Eucharistic Prayer at our altar we DON’T have Jesus saying “Nope, wrong hands on their heads, I’m not Really Present in that bread and wine”. I know that with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, Jesus is really and actually present in Body and Blood, humanity, divinity, the whole Jesus is there…so let’s not go there, OK?
Thank you for your thoughts and I am glad that you find Verbum to your liking!
In John 17:21 Jesus seeks that all may be one. In the bigger picture, Christians have more in common than that which we disagree.
Blessings on your ministry!
Dear Deacon Kevin:
After being a long-time Logos user, I elected to switch to Verbum. I am a Lutheran priest/pastor and consider myself an evangelical catholic, though I realize that that descriptor was lifted from folks like me and used by parishes in England and lately in George Weigel’s latest book of that title.
Anyway, I am noticing that your home pages have a nice balance of Anglican, Roman and a bit of the Lutheran once in a while. If I am the only Lutheran using Verbum instead of Logos, I will go back to Logos and hang out with the Reformed. You guys are a lot more fun as long as you don’t get into “ours is the only valid Eucharist” stuff. I’m very sure that during the Eucharistic Prayer at our altar we have Jesus saying “Nope, wrong hands on their heads, I’m not Really Present in that bread and wine”. I know that with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, Jesus is really and actually present in Body and Blood, humanity, divinity, the whole Jesus is there…so let’s not go there, OK?
Padre Dave Poedel, DMin, STS
First, thanks for being a deacon and serving the Church.
Second, welcome! I have worked a lot with Andrew and Alex and glad you have taken over. Andrew was great and I assume you will stand on his shoulders.
Third, I’ve been using Logos since 1989 when it was still a Dallas Theological Seminary product.
Fourth, God bless you in this new position and I will help any way I can.
Thanks for your continued support of Verbum and I look forward to working together to bring Verbum to Catholics who want, need, or desire to learn more about the rich scripture and tradition of our faith!
Congratulations, and welcome to the Verbum family!
At Verbum we don’t consider what we do just work – but also our apostolate! Keep praying for our continued success!
Share the good news of Verbum with your friends, Pastor, those in religious life, so they may also benefit from Verbum resources.
You know when you tell someone about Verbum – if they call our sales folks and tell them you referred them, when they order their library, you are rewarded with $30 in Verbum credit!
Welcome, Deacon Kevin! I’m looking forward to even more great things from Verbum and the Catholic product line.
Thank you Steve.
Be sure to share the good news of Verbum with your Pastor, fellow parishioners, catechists, those in religious life so they can benefit from our powerful tools to study the scripture and rich tradition of our faith.
You know if you encourage someone to place an order for a library, and we are told that you referred them, we reward you with $30 in Verbum credit!
Congratulations, Dcn. Kevin! Verbum is a great product and I am sure you will guide it’s growth well. On a personal note, please keep in mind a Deacon Director’s reference library when searching for new resources to convert. 🙂
We are in conversation with publishers who have resources about, and for, deacons. I am working with several dioceses to create a package of deacon resources for current deacons – and a package for those men discerning their call into deacon formation, so they may have a better understanding of the spirituality of the deacon, diaconal ministry of service and charity, and some theology, so they my be more prepared for their entrance into formation.
Excellent! Especially the package for those discerning! With resources they can use throughout their 4+ years of formation!
Thank you and Godspeed!
Deacon Federico Medina Jr.
Director, Office of Diaconal Ministry
Diocese of San Angelo
Perhaps I am missing it, but it appears that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith collection is missing RESPONSES TO SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE DOCTRINE ON THE CHURCH
(Responsa ad quaestiones de aliquibus sententiis ad doctrinam de Ecclesia pertinentibus), June 29, 2007. If I am missing it, would you please tell me. If it is not included in the collection, can you tell me when it will be added.
Thomas, I don’t currently know the answer to your question, but am seeking the answer, and will get back to you as soon as I know. Sorry for the delay.
Thanks for your help!
I’ve confirmed that it is not included in the collection, though I was similarly confused by the product page description. This is not a comprehensive collection – we’ve adjusted the product description to make that clearer – but the list on the product page is the correct and complete list of what’s included.
There was previously no plan to add this document (or any of the missing documents), but we are now looking into it. Thanks for your request!