Michael Weldon, O.F.M., D. Min., of Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale, Arizona, is also an instructor in pastoral theology at Phoenix's Kino Institute and the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California.
"With all of our sacramental wealth, we do not seem to have developed a way to negotiate through troubled waters. Into this gap steps Michael Weldon. He has taken seriously the trauma caused by church closure or consolidation. With this book, he provides us with insights into how to move through this painful loss with sensitivity and grace. He draws these insights from his own experience as a pastor as well as the experience of others. He then calls upon our rich religious tradition for both inspiration and direction. What follows are suggestions for ritualizing the loss, the pain, and possible reconciliation. The approach offered in this book is a real gift to a changing church." -- Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., Professor of Old Testament, Catholic Theological Union "In this first book of its kind, Father Michael Weldon weaves together the threads that have to go into the human and faith side of this tapestry. By combining insights on loss, lament, forgiveness, and reconciliation with the ritual and liturgical traditions of the Catholic Church, he proposes ritual events which can help ease the pain of loss, and integrate this experience into the wider horizon of Church and faith ... This is a first-rate response to a neuralgic problem. It is recommended to all those involved in these painful but necessary events in Catholic life today--bishops, diocesan officials, pastors, parish councils, ministry staffs, and people." -- Robert Schreiter, C.Pp.S, Catholic Theological Union