In This Issue

Welcome to the Lent/Easter 2017 edition of The Call, the online magazine of the American National Catholic Church (ANCC). We begin our fourth year of publication with this issue!

If you’re a regular reader, we’re glad to have you back. If you’re new to the quarterly, we’re delighted you’re visiting us. You can find out more information about the ANCC by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Most of the articles in this issue are devoted, understandably enough, to Lenten and Easter themes. But there are also a couple of feature items discussing religion and spirituality on the one hand and faith and politics on the other.

Please note that the “ANCC News” and “Feature Articles” slides on the home page highlight only some of this issue’s items. A full listing of our content can be found below, and all news items and articles can be accessed by clicking on the Menu links under the home page’s banner. Happy reading!

As always, we welcome proposals for articles and book and film reviews. Our Submission Guidelines may be found on our Contact page.


Content of Volume 4, Number 1

Regular Columns

Presiding Bishop George Lucey’s Bishop’s Column: “Burning Hearts

Maureen Tauriello’s Liturgically Speaking Column: “What Gospel Are You Preaching?”

Fr. Jason Lody’s Franciscan Corner Column: “A Well-Spent Lent

Mthr. Phyllis McHugh’s Devotional Column: “Easter 2017

Deacon John Bye-Torre’s “A Lenten Life

Deacon’s Corner Column: Pat Kane, “The Life That Keeps on Giving

Gleanings: Easter & Lenten Reflections from Catherine Doherty, James Martin, Henri Nouwen, Alexander Men, and Caryll Houselander

Reviews of Shusaku Endo’s book and Martin Scorsese’s film Silence, and Terry Tastard’s Stations of the Resurrection


Features Articles

Fr. Kerry Walters’ “In Defense of Religion

Fr. James Farris’ “God and Country





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