New Evangelization & Justice

As Disciples inspired by prayer, we demonstrate a charity fueled by faith to evangelize. Recognizing the inherent dignity of each human being, we love and serve others while seeking truth and the common good.

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The Office of New Evangelization and Justice exists to support parish efforts in providing the lay faithful with an informative and active formation in Catholic evangelization and social doctrine.

In this time of a New Evangelization, as a Church alive with love enkindled by the Spirit of Christ, this formation serves as a tool for evangelization, human promotion and life in society to assist all to become missionary disciples with compassion and concern for all people; a charity within us fueled by faith. 

These efforts honor the charitable mission of the Church and invite all to understand the need for a service of love, by emphasizing the fruitful and crucial link between evangelization, the culture of encounter, service to the poorest of the poor, pursuit of social change and the proclamation of the Gospel. Recognizing the inherent dignity of each human being, we love and serve others while seeking truth and the common good.

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“In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization, and it would be insufficient to envisage a plan of evangelization to be carried out by professionals while the rest of the faithful would simply be passive recipients. The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized. Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love.”  - Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel  (120)

 

Talks and Presentations

Listed below are a few talks and presentations that I believe will help our parishioners to become missionary disciples. Each of the topics I listed are intended for confirmation age young adults and above. The talks can be adapted from a 2-3 hour presentation or day long/multiple day retreat or parish mission.

I am eager to hear and open to your suggestions as well. I am excited to work with you in making missionary disciples in our diocese! Please email or call me with comments and suggestions.

New Evangelization

Talk on what the New Evangelization is and is not, exploring the history of the New Evangelization, and the need for evangelization during our time. Exploring and discovering what is meant by the terms encounter and missionary disciple.

Parish Evangelization Strategy and Assessment

At the request of a priest and/or parish staff member I would attend parish council and/or other parish organization meetings and meet with leaders of the parish to help them to develop and implement an evangelization plan to make missionary disciples in your parish.

Evangelization and Discipleship Training

How to evangelize and disciple parishioners, friends, and family.

How to use evangelization and discipleship resources.

Social Justice with the Saints

Examination of the Catholic social doctrine by looking to the witness of Saints to help us live out Catholic social teaching today.