Truth-Telling: A Discipline of Joyful Witness

24-Hour Seminar

April 18-19, 2013

Saint John's Abbey Guesthouse
Collegeville, Minnesota

$75.00 (includes housing and meals)

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"Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body." Eph 4:25

While we may think truth-telling in a community context is primarily a tool for confrontation, St. Paul reminds us that truth-telling is essential to the body of Christ. It assumes a personal commitment to honesty in speech and action, while keeping the good of the whole community in mind when difficult decisions need to be made or difficult situations addressed. This seminar will explore many facets of truth-telling in scripture and modern life with a specific focus on the best practices that lead to a healthy, strong and vibrant parish community. As a result of this opportunity for input, reflection, and discussion, participants will gain insight into how truth telling is a discipline of joyful witness.


Heidi Busse is the Parish Content Manager for Our Sunday Visitor, where she develops and manages parish products and the digital content on OSV's new parish website, She is also the editor of Take Out magazine for Catholic families and Teaching Catholic Kids, an online resource for catechists. She has authored numerous pamphlets and catechetical resources for parishes and families. Her first book, written along with her husband, is called Stress Proof Your Marriage (Our Sunday Visitor, 2009).

From 1998 to 2012, Heidi was a director of faith formation at parishes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has an M.A. in Theology from the University of St. Thomas, with a focus in Sacred Scripture. Heidi has facilitated presentations throughout the Twin Cities on Scripture, Catholic doctrine, marriage enrichment and more.