Spring Challenge marks start of magazine's 80th year

Posted: 2/23/2017

The Spring 2017 edition will mark the beginning of Glenmary Challenge's 80th year of publishing.

The magazine, started by Father William Howard Bishop, predates Glenmary's official founding by almost two years. It was first published on Feb. 23, 1938. Editor John Stegeman's column and the Glenmary Glimpse on page 20 pay homage to the history in this issue.

This edition of Glenmary Challenge magazine will be mailed to subscribers in early March and the electronic version will be available for online viewing HERE beginning March 4.

The issue features a striking cover photo of Glenmary volunteer director Joe Grosek and volunteers digging a grave into the hard red clay of east Tennessee. More striking than the photo is the story, which features Glenmary priests, brothers, lay coworkers and volunteers coming together to help a local man bury his sister.

The beauty of God's creation and humanity's role as stewards come into play in the feature story by Father John S. Rausch. Father John reflects on different types of public prayer and the roles they play in helping many in Glenmary's mission areas to make a difference in their environment.

The Missioner in Action story features

Brother Virgil Siefker, who plays an important role in helping to feed hungry North Carolina children through a backpack program.

Other stories include three Glenmary priests marking anniversaries, Glenmarians visiting students in Ohio for Catholic Schools Week, St. Michael the Archangel Mission youth attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C. a vocations retreat in Africa and more.

The Spring 2017 Glenmary Challenge will be available online HERE beginning March 4.

To begin receiving Glenmary Challenge in the mail, click here. 

Glenmary Challenge has three goals: to educate Catholics about the U.S. home missions, to motivate young men to consider Glenmary priesthood or brotherhood and to invite all Catholics to respond to their baptismal call to be missionary by partnering with Glenmary as financial contributors, prayer partners, professional coworkers and/or volunteers.