William E. Simon Jr. is founder and chairman of Parish Catalyst. He is the author, with Michael Novak, of Living the Call: An Introduction to the Lay Vocation. Simon serves as co-chairman of the investment firm William E. Simon & Sons, as well as visiting professor in UCLA's law school and economics department. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is the Archbishop of New York.
"An insightful look at what is going right in those parishes that are successfully nourishing their spiritual families." --From the foreword by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
"This book may be the best catalyst ever for assisting Catholic parish life to be even better. It gives fascinating details on many of the best parishes in North America. It gives practical tips on how to improve hymns, homilies, architecure, liturgy, the works. It gives a tremendous boost to great pastors (especially the overworked and undersung). It covers virtually every aspect of parish life, and is a powerful invitation to great lay people to pitch in. For most of us, the parish is the church. . . . Hurrah for the editors and author!" --Michael Novak, Catholic philosopher, theologian, and author "If you're looking for the components of vibrant parish life--and what you can do to make it happen in your parish--go no further. Bill Simon and his Parish Catalyst team have researched deeply and prescribed wisely. This is the book we parishioners (and our pastors) have been waiting for, so that we can make our parishes welcoming, vibrant, meaningful, and faith-filled." --Paul Wilkes, Author of Excellent Catholic Parishes "The key to the New Evangelization is the renewal of the parish. Bill Simon is passionate about this, and my own parish has benefited directly from his passion. This book is a valuable contribution to the exciting and necessary conversation about parish vitality and revitalization that is sweeping over our Church." --Rev. James Mallon, Pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Author of Divine Renovation "Bill Simon's practical wisdom and generous leadership are welcome gifts to the Church today. His latest book is an inspiring read and a useful resource for pastors and parish staffs looking to build healthy, growing parishes." --Rev. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, Authors of Rebuilt