lar ministry or spirituality, or both.
The Vatican’s Pontifical Council ofthe Laity has published an onlinedirectory of international associations of the faithful at laityfamily-life.va/content/laityfamilylife/en/sezione-laici/ repertorio.html. Beloware a few examples of the types oforganizations that exist.
• The Cursillo Movement proclaims
that God, in Christ, loves us, and it
does so through “short courses” and
regular gatherings in small commu-
• Communion and Liberation, with
A NEWLYordainedpermanentdeacon for theArchdioceseof BostondistributesCommunion.
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Lay ecclesialmovements arechurch organizationsfocused on aparticular ministry orspirituality, or both.
GYMNAST SIMONE BILES and swimmer Katie Ledecky both say an important source ofstrength in their lives is their Catholic faith. ForLedecky, who attended a Catholic school run bythe Sacred Heart (R.S.C.J.) Sisters, support alsocomes in the form of the sisters from her highschool who have cheered her on. Both Biles andLedecky won four gold medals apiece at the2016 Olympics and both qualified for the 2021Olympics in Japan.
Biles has noted that she carries a rosary in
her gym bag: “My mom, Nellie, got me a rosary
at church,” she told Us magazine. “I don’t use
it to pray before a competition. I’ll just pray
SISTERS, CATHOLIC FAITH
SIMONE BILES references her Catholic faith repeatedly in her
autobiography Courage to Soar.
its focus on the Incarnation and thepresence of Christ “here and now,”educates members in Christianityand collaborates in the mission ofthe church in all spheres of life.
normally to myself, but it’s there just in case.”
Likewise, Ledecky told journalists that her
faith was a mainstay in her life and that she likes
to pray a Hail Mary prior to competitions: “I do say