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Birgit Oberhofer is originally from Munich, Germany where she graduated from Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität with a Master of Arts in Education Science, Psychology and Theology in 1999. After two years of formation in Italy she became a consecrated member of the Focolare Movement, a lay ecclesial movement, living in one of their houses in Cologne, Germany. There she worked as a program developer and grant writer for one of the biggest charity organizations in Germany, running programs in the field of Adult Formation and Social Work. In December 2007 she moved to Chicago and became the Assistant Director of Catholics on Call in July 2008.
Contributions from Birgit Oberhofer
"The movements and new communities, providential expressions of the new springtime brought forth by the Spirit with the Second Vatican Council, announce the power of God's love which in overcoming divisions and barriers of every kind, renews the face of the earth to build the civilization of love". This is how John Paul II, in the homily of the Mass for Pentecost, Sunday May 31st 2000, blessed the representatives of the more than 50 ecclesial Movements who had gathered in Rome for their first World Congress. Afterwards, on the eve of Pentecost, they participated at a prayer Vigil with the Pope which was attended by at least 280,000 people.
March 26, 2009
“And what did you get for Christmas?” I still remember my classmate’s questions when we came back to school after the Christmas holidays. And we would proudly talk about the newest technological gadgets, games, books and clothes we have received on Christmas. The week before Christmas, I went with a group of young adult Catholics and African American Muslims to distribute sandwiches to the homeless. It was quite striking to see how many people have to live on the streets in this frigid weather and how thankful they are for a piece of bread, a tooth brush and some socks – and the fact that we indeed thought of them!
January 2, 2011
On this first Sunday of Lent, the Scripture Readings take us back to the story of the “original sin,” when Adam and Eve listened to the voice of the serpent instead of trusting in the laws of the Lord and, consequently, found themselves expelled from the garden in Eden. In the Gospel story Jesus too has his encounter with a “serpent:” The devil himself is trying to convince Jesus to choose certainty over trust, power over obedience, and pride over humility.
March 10, 2011
The French movie “Of Gods and Men” (2010) narrates the true story of nine Trappist monks, living in the monastery of Tibhirine, Algeria. Over the years they have established a deep friendship with the Muslim population of the village, taking part in every aspect of the village’s life. In 1996 the monks get caught in the conflict between the corrupt and militant Algerian government and the Armed Islamic Group, a terrorist organization.
June 20, 2011
I think all of us in ministry have had this experience: We work really hard to come up with new programs and ideas; we work on the details; we invite people; we post it on Facebook; we spread the flyers… And two days before the event we have to cancel, because of low registration numbers. It can be really frustrating.
July 7, 2011
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- December 26, 2013: Wholly Family
- December 23, 2013: A God for the Senses
- December 12, 2013: I like Advent because it feels more honest
- December 11, 2013: Joy, Patience, and Expectation
- December 5, 2013: The Wolf and the Lamb
- December 3, 2013: Prayer and Action