Explore the richness and power of prayer, for every occasion, with Fr. William Byron, one of America's leading Catholic educators, as your personal guide.
This unique 12-lecture course presents a series of inspiring and yet practical reflections for Christians or others who wish to enjoy lives more fully enhanced by God's precious blessing of prayer. Sharing insights inspired by Scripture and theology as well as by some of the extraordinary people he has met through his ministry, Father Byron explores the different styles and aims of prayer: Prayer as thanksgiving, prayer as petition, prayer as praise, prayer as a process of learning to cultivate the presence of Divine Love in our lives.
Each has its time and place, and Father Byron explores these too, often through moving anecdotes concerning friends who have taught him lessons along the way about the constant renewal of faith, hope, and love that prayer can bring to the whole array of anyone's life situations.
You as much as anyone else are invited to share in that renewal.
So why not join Father Byron on this journey toward making personal prayer a richer part of your life, in all its seasons and circumstances?
Material for this program was taken or adapted from A Book of Quiet Prayer, by William Byron, SJ. Copyright 2005, Paulist Press, Inc., New York/Mahwah, N.J. Used with permission of Paulist Press. www.paulistpress.com
About Your Presenter
William J. Byron, S.J. Ph.D., is the University Professor at Saint Joseph's University. He is past president of The Catholic University of America and the University of Scranton, and served as interim president of Loyola University in New Orleans in the academic year 2003-2004.
Earlier assignments include service as pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC and professor of the practice of ethics in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, where he also held the position of rector of the Georgetown Jesuit Community.
A native of Pittsburgh, Father Byron grew up in Philadelphia, where he attended St. Joseph's Preparatory School. After service in the army's 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in 1945-46, he attended Saint Joseph''s University in Philadelphia for three years before entering the Jesuit order in 1950. He was ordained a priest in 1961.
He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, two theology degrees from Woodstock College, a bachelor's degree, licentiate in philosophy and a master's degree in economics from Saint Louis University.
He was the 1999 recipient of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities' Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for his contributions over the years to the advancement of Catholic higher education. In that same year, he received the Council of Independent Colleges' Academic Leadership Award. He holds 30 honorary degrees.
Author of 10 books and editor of two, Father Byron writes the bi-weekly syndicated column "Looking Around" for Catholic News Service and a monthly "What Would You Like to Know?" feature for Catholic Digest. His 1989 book, Quadrangle Considerations, won the Catholic Press Association's best book award in the education category. That same association gave its first place award in the Best Essay category to his "Structural Adjustments for a Church Working Its Way through Crisis," in the Winter 2004 issue of Church magazine.
- About Prayer
- Through the Years
- Looking Back; Stretching Forward
- Months, Weeks, and Days--Framing Your Prayer
- Prayer for All Seasons
- Praying through Each Stage of Life
- More Stages
- For Every Circumstance, a Prayer
- More Circumstances
- Changing Moods, Changing Prayers
- More Moods
- Prayer as Desire