Author Greg Kandra


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Author Greg Kandra


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“Well done, Deacon Greg! This is truly a unique contribution for the spirituality of deacons.” — Most Rev. W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City

“A timeless treasury of original prayers and devotions. This book is a must-have resource that will enrich the deacon’s prayer life.” — Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, author of Father Augustine Tolton

A Deacon Prays

Greg Kandra’s A Deacon Prays—the essential prayer book for Catholic deacons—is a practical, daily companion that speaks to deacons as no other book has because it comes from Kandra, creator of The Deacon’s Bench blog and one of the most popular voices and enthusiastic advocates of the deaconate in the Church today.

Kandra left a successful career as a television news writer and producer to become a Catholic deacon after the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. Covering the devastating story set Kandra on a spiritual quest that led to his ordination in 2007. He serves a parish in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

In A Deacon Prays, Kandra has written prayers to greatly strengthen a deacon’s spiritual life and richly enhance his ministry. There are prayers

  • for daily life and seasons;
  • for service in particular ministries;
  • to patron saints;
  • of devotion tailored for deacons;
  • of petition and intercession; and
  • marking special times in the life of a deacon.

This is an indispensable addition to any deacon’s prayer corner, briefcase, or glove compartment, and will be a popular gift for ordinations, birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions in the life of a Catholic deacon.

With about 20,000 deacons serving the Catholic Church in the United States, the permanent diaconate is its fastest-growing vocation. Deacons serve in parishes, dioceses, schools, health care, social service agencies, and many more ministries throughout the Church.

The Busy Person’s Guide to Prayer

Beloved author Deacon Greg Kandra knows all too well what it is to be busy. Drawing from his own experience, and those of fellow Catholics, and the saints lives, Deacon Kandra helps us realize the importance of prayer and offers practical tips for making it a part of each day. Prayer includes regular participation in the Sacraments (Mass, Confession) but is also about a constant communication with God and a way to plan our day each morning and evaluate our progress each evening.

“This little book will become a spiritual classic.” — Deacon Bill Ditewig, Ph.D., former executive director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate, USCCB 
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The Busy Person’s Guide To An Extraordinary Life

What if you could live each day with joy and purpose? Join beloved author Deacon Greg Kandra as he uncovers the rich treasury of Scripture and Tradition to discover just how to live an extraordinary life starting today!

“Deacon Greg Kandra leaves us feeling that an extraordinary life is within grasp if we just pay a bit closer attention to God and our neighbor.” — Greg Erlandson, director and editor-in-chief, Catholic News Service.

“With pastoral insight, engaging storytelling and inspirational clarity, Deacon Greg Kandra unpacks the extraordinary wisdom of the two greatest commandments.” — Lisa Hendey, author of I Am God’s Storyteller

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A Stranger and You Welcomed Me

After its first, successful and award winning book series of homilies and reflections for the three liturgical cycles, Clear Faith Publishing is thrilled to launch its new series! So, once again, some of the finest homilists have come together to build a new compilation of homilies and reflections beginning with Cycle B of the Liturgical Year. A Stranger and You Welcomed Me breaks open the Sunday and Feast Days readings in order to provide insight, warmth, humor and spiritual food for the reader. Under the moniker ‘Homilists for the Homeless,’ the gift of these preachers makes it possible for proceeds from the sale of every book to go toward charities that welcome the stranger in our lives.

“These authors are teachers inviting us to contemplate what these ancient stories have to do with contemporary life. They breathe new life into these familiar passages from scripture and inspire us to put our faith into action.” — from the foreword by Meredith Gould, Ph.D.

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My Other Self: Conversations with Christ on Living Your Faith

In My Other Self Clarence Enzler—author of the multi-million copy seller Everyone’s Way of the Cross—guides readers in prayerful conversation with Christ wherein the reader is personally addressed as “my other self” and is urged to embody Christ’s love and compassion to others.

Modeled on the fifteenth-century classic The Imitation of Christ, this new edition of a little-known Enzler masterwork has now been reissued for modern Christians after being out of print for many years. This new edition includes an introduction from the author’s son, Msgr. John Enzler, pastor of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C.

“Clarence Enzler wrote My Other Self at a pivotal moment, just before the Second Vatican Council. It can be seen as prophetic, anticipating the Church of today. It truly is a book of its time, but also for our time.” — from the foreword by Deacon Greg Kandra 

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Deacon Greg is a friend on your journey to connect with God and bring peace to your days.

Bishop Robert Reed, The Catholic TV Network

Greg Kandra teaches us how to notice small moments that others might miss and then make the most of them through prayer, so we may learn about God, ourselves and the world around us.

Elizabeth Scalia
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Homilists For The Homeless are stories crafted by superb storytellers. Here, we’re invited to engage with scripture at a deeper level by people of abiding faith whose work and words are grounded in theological education and active ministry.”
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