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New Evangelization for Today's Parish
The call for a new evangelization is heard throughout the various levels of Church life. From Pope Benedict XVI to the local pastor, the importance of evangelization—and particularly a new evangelization—has never been more clearly announced. What do we mean by “new” evangelization? How does this relate to the overall mission of the Church and the vision of each parish? What would implementing a new evangelization in your pastoral setting look like? These are the questions examined at this Ministry Renewal Day, held November 2, 2012.

Part I  - Jane E. Regan, STM director of Continuing Education and associate professor of theology and religious education

Part II - David B. Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., research analyst in economic issues for the Franciscan Action Network, and faculty member at St. Bonaventure University and the Pontifical Antonianum University

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Mission, Evangelization, and Discipleship
Presenter: Anthony Gittins, C.S.Sp., professor emeritus of mission and culture, Catholic Theological Union

With more than 80 definitions of "evangelization" presently circulating, we should perhaps recall that the word applies, first and foremost, to Jesus.  This lecture considers what Jesus did and why, and poses the question: what happens to evangelization after the Resurrection and Ascension?  The answer links God's eternal mission with our own Christian response.  This was the keynote presentation at the conference "The New Evangelization: Renewing the Church," held April 20, 2013.


Videotaped Breakout Sessions from the 2013 Conference


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An Evangelizing Agenda for Parishes Today
Presenter: Frank DeSiano, C.S.P., president, Paulist Evangelization Ministries, and author

This presentation explores what parishes emphasize when they try to think of their mission in terms of evangelization and discipleship.  It touches on the broader cultural background of ministry today, and how parishes begin to address it.

Rediscovering Liturgy as our Primary Source of Evangelization
Presenter: Rev. Sean McCarthy, priest of the Archdiocese of Boston

The primary goal of the liturgical renewal remains the “full, conscious, and active participation of the faithful at liturgy.”  Liturgical celebrations, by their nature, evangelize.   This workshop examines practical ways to tap into our sacramental celebrations, their preparation, and follow-up so that the faithful are drawn more intimately into the life of the Church.

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Nurturing the Evangelizing Identity of the Laity
Presenter: Susan M. Timoney, assistant secretary, Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns, Archdiocese of Washington

The success of the New Evangelization will require Catholic laity who embrace an evangelizing identity and sense of mission. This workshop will examine opportunities and tools for weaving the formation of an evangelizing consciousness in the education and formation of the laity.