April 20, 2013
Featured presenters: Anthony Gittins, C.S.Sp., Frank DeSiano, C.S.P., Rev. Sean McCarthy, and Susan M. Timoney
The theme of the October 2012 Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome—the New Evangelization—provides an opportunity to explore more deeply our understanding of new evangelization at this conference. Plenary gathers and breakout sessions will examine the theological underpinnings and the best practices for evangelization.
Cosponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and Paulist Reconciliation Ministries
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Mission, Evangelization, and Discipleship - Anthony Gittins, C.S.Sp. professor 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.
An Evangelizing Agenda for Parishes Today - Rev. 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 – 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. Specifically, this presentation examines Sunday Eucharist, funeral liturgies, RCIA, and other moments of initiation.
Nurturing the Evangelizing Identity of the Laity - 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.