The New Evangelization - Malvern Men's Convocation
Genesis of the term Background and context Goals Challenges 2006 Thoughts from Bishop Edward Clark Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles
1975 - Pope Paul VI in EvangeliiNuntiandi ("Announcing the Evangelization"). 1983 - John Paul II to Latin American bishopsin Haiti. 1990 – John Paul IIRedemptorisMissio ("The Mission of the Redeemer") Pope Benedict - announcement of the “Yearof Faith.”
Directed at believers Not non-Catholics, non-Christians, non-believers. Not about ...passing on doctrine. Catechesis but from a different perspective andfor a different purpose. Not about ...proselytizing, baptizing newconverts, increasing numbers of new churchmembers.
IS about: Completing the mission of Christ Revitalizing the members. Leading them to personal/intimate relationshipwith Christ.
Focus on the laity. Know Christ and be his follower. Deeper individual conversion. Deepening religious experiences andcommitment.
Call to: Marginal members. Those barely evangelized. Search for: Those who have left the church. Those who have ceased practice. Goal - welcome them back!
Engage cultures previously identified asChristian (North America, Western Europe) New methods of communicating the Gospel.
Context and Challenges:• Evangelization is thecore mission.• Need to REEVALUATEand RECAST themission:– Of the church– Of each parish– Of each individual.
Relationship, Leads to Baptism, Leads to deeper catechesis (Matthew 28:19-20) Leads to mission. “Go make disciples; baptize them in the name…..;teach them to observe all that I have commanded you.” This is not understood by the majority of AmericanCatholics.
Essential responsibility of the church, yet... Most adult Catholics: Don’t know enough about their faith to pass it onto the next generation. Don’t participate fully enough to understandwhat life in a faith community "feels like."
Teaching ourselves FIRST. New approaches& tools to further adult faith formation. Fostering religious experiences. 1980s young adult Charismatics, Kairos “Whole family catechesis.” Prayer. Retreats and prayer experiences
Outline• Genesis of the term• Background and context• Goals• Challenges• 2006 Thoughts from Bishop Edward Clark– Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles
• 1975 - Pope Paul VI in EvangeliiNuntiandi– ("Announcing the Evangelization").• 1983 - John Paul II to Latin American bishops in Haiti.• 1990 – John Paul IIRedemptorisMissio– ("The Mission of the Redeemer")• Pope Benedict - announcement of the “Year of Faith.”
New Evangelization“Old Evangelization”88/5 – 17/2
CONTEXT• Directed at believers– Not non-Catholics, non-Christians, non-believers.• Not about passing on doctrine.– Catechesis but from a different perspective andfor a different purpose.• Not about proselytizing, baptizing newconverts, increasing numbers of new churchmembers.
Context• IS about:– Completing the mission of Christ– Revitalizing the members.– Leading them to personal/intimate relationshipwith Christ.
Goals• Focus on the laity– Friends, family, work colleagues, fellow Christians– Not as many priests and sisters any more• Know Christ and be his follower– Foster individual, mysterious, mystical encounter with risen Jesus.– Small groups (finding, forming, engaging, formation within- and interactionamong them)– And only THEN sharing faith with others.• Deeper individual conversion. Deepening religious experiences andcommitment.– Explore dark corners of my soul where the Gospel has not penetrated.– Examples: Where we bristle at people, events, teachings that challenge ourpersonal opinions and preferred beliefs– Contemporary Fault Line – Church teachings buttressing against contemporaryculture and political initiatives.
Goals• Call to marginal members and those barelyevangelized.– Goal is to introduce them to Christ, community andteachings (Focus is intellectual – catechetical)• Search for those who have left the church orceased practice (Focus is liturgical)– Goal is to welcome them back
Goals• Engage cultures previously identified asChristian (North America, Western Europe)– Cultural and human values ARE Christian values!– Justice, peace, human dignity, mercy, charity, akathe “Civilization of Love.”• Methods of communicating the Gospel.– Technology– Social Media
Context and Challenges• Evangelization is the core mission.– The church exists for NO OTHER REASON than toproclaim the Kingdom.– Quote, “The church does not have a mission fromChrist; rather the mission of Christ has a church.”
context and Challenges• Need to REEVALUATE and RECAST the mission:– Of the church– Of each parish– Of each individual.– Bishop Clark: “There are many tasks and prioritiesthat we as a church should undertake; but unless whatwe are doing is not specifically advancing Jesus’’mission of evangelization, then we ought to be askingourselves whether we should be doing that specifictask or project at all.”
The Order of Evangelization• Relationship:• Leads to Baptism• Leads to deeper catechesis (Matthew 28:19-20• “Go make disciples; baptize them in the name…..;teach them to observe all that I have commandedyou.”– This is not understood by the majority of AmericanCatholics.
Catechesis• Essential responsibility of the church;• Most adult Catholics don’t know enoughabout their faith to pass it on to the nextgeneration.• Most adult Catholics don’t participate fullyenough to understand what life in a faithcommunity "feels like."
Catechesis• N.E. challenges THE WAY we will need to do catechesisin the future:– Begins with teaching ourselves FIRST, before teachingothers.– Need new approaches and tools to further adult faithformation.– “Whole family catechesis”– How to foster religious experiences (1980s young adultCharismatics, Kairos)– Teaching adults and young people how to pray.– Integrate Retreats and prayer experiences– R.C.I.A. adapted as the model and method for allcatechesis?