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Effective Preaching: Homily Preparation


A course based on the Boston College resource Touchstones for Preaching (  It is designed for ordained and lay preachers to explore how to craft an engaging homily and to share tips on how to cultivate the habits needed to compose and deliver weekly homilies.                                                                                               

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Discussion of four video presentations by Rev. Msgr. James A. Mongelluzzo and Rev. William T. Kelly available at;
  • Text transcripts of each featured video;
  • A study aide that guides participants through the course material;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion; and
  • A Resources page to guide further study.

All Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site. 
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Week 1: Crafting the Homily

Week 2: Integrating the Process of Preparing a Homily into One’s Life

Week 3: Using Consultation

Additional Materials Needed
Recommended: “Fulfilled in Your Hearing: The Homily in the Sunday Assembly” (USCCB)

Time Commitment
A participant can expect to spend an average of 3 hours each week.  This commitment includes both preparation and interaction online.

Fee: $25

Content Scholars: Rev. Msgr. James A. Mongelluzzo, S.T.D., priest of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, and faculty member at Pope St. John National Seminary, and Rev. William T. Kelly, S.T.D., priest of the Archdiocese of Boston.