2017 was an incredible year. With your help, we made great progress on our dreams for the future of Dynamic Catholic and the future of the Catholic Church in America.
Progress animates us. It brings us to life. When we sense that we are making progress, we tend to be filled with passion, energy, enthusiasm, and purpose. Progress fills us with gratitude for the now and hope for the future.
So before jumping into the New Year, let’s look back and celebrate a few highlights from 2017.
We completed our third BEST ADVENT EVER program last week. Nearly 713,000 people joined us for our BEST ADVENT EVER and BEST LENT EVER programs this year. It has been so inspiring to hear your stories on social media, in the comments section of each day’s page, and through your emails and calls to the Dynamic Catholic team. Thank you for watching the daily videos, for sharing them with family and friends, and for showing them at your parishes and schools.
2017 marked a couple of milestones for Dynamic Catholic events. We launched an inspiring new event, Find Your Greatness, featuring three phenomenal speakers. We also started hosting Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose events in much larger venues so we can reach even more people. In 2017 alone, Dynamic Catholic events reached over 45,000 people.
Most importantly, we released BLESSED, Dynamic Catholic’s new First Communion & First Reconciliation Experience. I am astounded by the overwhelming response and how powerful the experience has been for those who have used it. The program has world-class animation. Workbooks that are works of art. Catechist-friendly leader guides. And incredible content that meets children where they are and leads them, step-by-step, to where God is calling them to be. That’s progress worth celebrating.
2017 was an incredible year, but we know that who we are today is only a shadow of who we are capable of becoming.
So what’s in store for 2018?
I am most excited about the release of BETTER TOGETHER, Dynamic Catholic’s Marriage Preparation Experience. Dynamic marriages lie at the heart of every thriving community. We need to do more for married couples, and we need to begin by giving engaged couples a world-class marriage preparation experience. This program will do just that. It will give couples the tools they need to build lasting, happy, and holy marriages.
None of this would be possible without you. Thank you for your prayers, your grassroots efforts to spread the word, and your financial support. Together, we are re-energizing the Catholic Church in America.
May your 2018 be blessed with the progress God desires in your life. It is my joy to partner with you.