I don’t know about you, but I am super excited for Fr. Robert Barron’s next project – Catholicism: The New Evangelization. Last night my students and I watched Episode 10 of the Catholicism Series – The Last Things. It’s the the final episode which explains Death, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. It also wraps up the entire 10 part series. After watching the episode, I spoke briefly about Fr. Robert Barron and his ministry – Word on Fire. Below is the trailer for the New Evangelization Series due to be released this Fall.
During this Year of Faith, we as the Church are being challenged to learn about our faith more so than we know it now. We must no longer be Catholics by accident, but Catholics of conviction. At the beginning of this summer, the Vatican will host a weekend event focused on Pro-Life efforts and the New Evangelization.
If you are in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area on April 25, I will be giving a talk on the New Evangelization and it’s importance for Catholics in the 21st century. I will explain the overall importance of the New Evangelization and discuss quite a few of the propositions developed by the Bishops in the Synod on the New Evangelization from this past October. It will be held at Christ the King Parish in Mesa at 7:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!
“At its heart, the New Evangelization is the re-proposing of the encounter with the Risen Lord, his Gospel, and his Church to those who no longer find the Church’s message engaging.” – Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
“The New Evangelization is not a matter of merely passing on doctrine but rather of a personal and profound meeting with the Savior.” – Blessed John Paul II
“Good Catechesis is essential for the New Evangelization. The Synod calls attention to the indispensable service that catechists provide the ecclesial communities and expresses profound gratitude for their dedication. All catechists, who are at the same time evangelizers, need to be well prepared.” – Synod on the New Evangelization, Proposition 29