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Date posted:   Oct 23, 2019

Effective Preaching: Homily Preparation

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Fee: $30
Four Weeks


Learn how to craft an engaging homily, and cultivate the study, prayer, and pastoral practices that will support you as work to feed the congregation on the Word of God. Deepen your appreciation of the sacramentality of the Word, your mediating role as a preacher, and the communal functions of preaching. Topics include preaching as a vocation, the homiletic form, crafting for the ear rather than the eye, and consultation with the congregation. Based on the Boston College resource Touchstones for Preaching, this course is designed for ordained and lay preachers.




Introductory Week
Week 1: Crafting the Homily
Week 2: Integrating the Process of Preparing a Homily into One’s Life
Week 3: Using Consultation

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Discussion of four video presentations by Rev. Msgr. James A. Mongelluzzo and Rev. William T. Kelly available at;
  • Transcripts for each video;
  • A study guide written by Dr. Barbara Radtke that guides participants through the course material;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion; and
  • A Resource 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.
  • 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.

Additional Materials Needed
All materials are included on the course site.

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

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