Evangelization

The Department of Evangelization provides leadership in bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation, seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself.

Why Do We Evangelize?

We must evangelize because the Lord Jesus commanded us to do so. He gave the Church the unending task of evangelizing as a restless power, to stir and to stimulate all its actions until all nations have heard his Good News and until every person has become his disciple.

The Lord commanded us to evangelize because salvation is offered to every person in him. More than a holy figure or a prophet, Jesus is God's Word, God's "very imprint," the power and wisdom of God. He is our Savior. Becoming like us and accepting our human nature, he addresses in himself, in his death and resurrection, the brokenness of our lives. He suffers through our sin; he feels our pain; he knows the thirst of our death; he accepts the limits of our human life so that he might bring us beyond those limits. "[H]e humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him…" Taking on our death as Savior, Jesus was raised to life. In Christ, all can come to know that the sin, the coldness, the indifference, the despair, and the doubt of our lives are overcome by God's taking on our human nature and leading us to new life. In him, and him alone, is the promise of resurrection and new life.

How Do We Evangelize?

We cannot really talk about the "ordinary" life of the Church because all of it is the graced gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet there are familiar ways by which evangelization happens: by the way we live God's love in our daily life; by the love, example, and support people give each other; by the ways parents pass faith on to their children; in our life as Church, through the proclamation of the Word and the wholehearted celebration of the saving deeds of Jesus; in renewal efforts of local and national scope; in the care we show to those most in need; and in the ways we go about our work, share with our neighbors, and treat the stranger. In daily life, family members evangelize each other; men and women, their future spouses; and workers, their fellow employees, by the simple lives of faith they lead. Through the ordinary patterns of our Catholic life, the Holy Spirit brings about conversion and a new life in Christ.

Here, there are two elements at work: witness, which is the simple living of the faith; and sharing, which is spreading the Good News of Jesus in an explicit way.

Excerpt from Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States.


Faith Formation For Adults

I have been thinking about becoming a Catholic…

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

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I have been away from the Church for a long time…

Are you thinking about coming back? The Church wants you to know that you are a child of God, called by name, precious in his eyes and loved by him (Is. 43:1,4). The Church also wants you to know that you are missed. When one member of the Body of Christ suffers, the entire Body of the Church suffers.


I have been drawn to enter more deeply into the mystery of my Catholic faith…

The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize.

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All volunteers and paid employees who work with youth in any capacity must meet Safe Environment Requirements:

  • Fully and successfully completed VIRTUS training (including registering online and participating in online refresher training)
  • A National Criminal Background Check (at minimum, every 5 years)
  • Diocesan Code of Conduct signed and on file at parish

Compliance questions can be directed to the Office for Child and Youth Protection at (912) 201-4074.

Teaching Touching Safety must be offered annually in all parish faith formation programs for every student. DRE/CREs must obtain the lesson plans every year by clicking on the Educator Tab of the VIRTUS website after you have logged in. If you are unable to access your VIRTUS page or do not have an Educator Tab, please contact Joan Altmeyer at (912) 201-4074.

More information about VIRTUS and Safe Environment Compliance can be found by visiting the Office for the Protection of Children and Young People.

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