All too often people today find the Mas a boring and lifeless experience, a part of the normal Sunday routine and little else. This unfortunate reality for many Catholics ignores the vitality and enjoyment inherent in a well-celebrated liturgy. Aware of this common problem, Amy Florian offers an affirmative and uplifting explanation of this most central part of Catholicism. In accessible and easy-to-understand language, she provides a breakdown of the Mass and its significance for today's Catholics.
Individual chapters discuss the structure of the Mass, the liturgical seasons, Scripture readings, and much more. THis book is ideal for those approaching Catholicism for the first time, non-Catholic spouses, high school and college students and even lifelong Catholics. It provides all readers with a solid base of knowledge with which to approach the Mass.
Amy Florian is a nationally recognized speaker, teacher, and retreat director specializing in the areas of spirituality, liturgy and bereavement. She holds a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, and a Fellow in Thanatology (the highest level of certification in the field of death and grief studies).
In addition to frequent speaking engagements for parishes, dioceses, conferences, and conventions, her work includes:
- Adjunct faculty in the graduate ministry department of Loyola University in Chicago
- Adjunct faculty at St. Xavier University and Dominican University.
- Former executive director of Stauros U.S.A., a non-profit organization with the mission of helping people find meaning, hope, and peace in the midst of suffering.
- Founder of Corgenius, Inc, a company that teaches financial and healthcare professionals how to support clients and patients in loss and transition.
- Liturgy team for a number of national and regional conferences.
Amy has published over ninety articles and two books, including The Mass: An Invitation to Enjoy It with ACTA Publications. She is known for her engaging and dynamic presentations, and especially for her ability to explain complex concepts in understandable and practical ways. She draws on academic and business research combined with the lived reality of over 30 years of parish ministry, the experience of being widowed at a young age, and the stories of over 1800 sick, dying, and grieving people with whom she has worked.
Amy currently lives in Hoffman Estates IL with her husband Ken, where she is adjusting to the life of an empty-nester mom and finding ever-new ways to serve as teacher and healer.