Dynamic Catholic Under the Microscope?

I donate to Dynamic Catholic. I think it is a good program that helps evangelize to Catholics and helps them grow in faith. I usually look for deeper spiritual readings (my favorite authors have OP in their signature block), but these books are solid and beneficial to their intended audience. I’m hoping that the price drops for Matthew Kelly’s book on the Rosary so we can share it with our parish this Christmas!

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There are lots of great Catholic programs and resources out there. And that’s a good thing. But the greatest resources in the world aren’t going to revitalize the Church on their own. And that is ultimately because programs don’t evangelize, people evangelize.

The Evangelical Catholic is not really a program. Their mission is to coach parish leaders as they train people in the pews to grow in prayer and take seriously their personal apostolate to preach the Gospel to the world. All of us are called to serve the Lord and serve each other and build up the Kingdom. But very few Catholics in the pew spend time thinking, praying, and discerning exactly what God’s plan is for them in this regard (and God has a plan for each of us). This is what The Evangelical Catholic seeks to address.

I think they are definitely an organization to watch and one that is poised to do a lot of good (even as they are a relatively young outfit). The thing is, though, that there are no shortcuts to genuine evangelization and personal transformation. It takes place over time and with lots of person-to-person interaction. There is no magic program that can be taken out of the box that will work automatically with minimal effort. We need saints to help make other saints. And that takes time and effort.

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I doubt that. From what I’ve read, Dynamic Catholic has stockpiles of books that are collecting dust, so he buys them and stores them? I think there are some ethical issues with the whole structure of the “business”, so it may not seem illegal on the surface, but yes, unethical. Who are we to judge though right…

It is not at all uncommon for a book seller to have books in stock, or for a book seller to misjudge how much stock they need and overprint a publication. Quite par for the course.

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Exactly. That’s the way publication works. It’s a lot more cost effective to print in bulk rather than print books on an as needed basis. That involves estimating and extra books.

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Please be specific with your accusations.

Dynamic Catholic prints these books specifically to sell in bulk to parishes - that or they are very, very bad at running a publishing business because they seem to have a great number of titles available for bulk purchase.

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Just to put some national numbers on your parish’s experience, Dynamic Catholic says these are their U.S. numbers (the time frame wasn’t given, but I think it’s for the lifetime of the Dynamic Catholic Institute):

  • 215,778 people attended a Dynamic Catholic event (my wife and I count as 2 of those)
  • over 50% of parishes have utilized their confirmation program
  • 154,595 people participated in their first communion and first reconciliation program
  • 12,993 people participated in their marriage prep program
  • 2,555,717 people participated in their lent program
  • 2,191,776 people participated in their advent program
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Of all the numbers, I think this one astounds me the most. There are over 17,000 parishes in the U.S.

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