The New Evangelization and the Year of Faith

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Christ's final command was to "make disciples of all nations," a command we continue to respond to in our Catholic schools and religious education programs. But how are we to evangelize in a culture that is apathetic -- if not hostile -- to religious faith? Using the Year of Faith as a backdrop, this session will explore the history and meaning of the New Evangelization with an emphasis on practical strategies for parishes and schools.

This presentation was given at the 2012 CACE Annual Meeting in San Diego.

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The New Evangelization and the Year of Faith

  1. 1. The New Evangelizationand the Year of FaithJonathan F. SullivanCACE Annual Meeting | October 22, 2012
  2. 2. Opening Prayer Through Christ our lord.
  3. 3. Jonathan F. Sullivan Director of Catechetical Services, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Technology Committee Chair, NCCL Blogger and podcaster Married father of five
  4. 4. Outline1. What is the New Evangelization?2. Affirmative Orthodoxy and the New Evangelization3. The Year of Faith as an Expression of the New Evangelization4. Implementation of the New Evangelization5. Q&A6. Suggested Resources
  5. 5. What does “New Evangelization”mean to you?
  6. 6. What is the New Evangelization? No, it’s not like New Coke.
  7. 7. What is the New Evangelization? Vatican Council II Paul VI Bl. John Paul II Benedict XVI  Synod on New Evangelization
  8. 8. What is a disciple?1. Living, growing relationship with God2. Excited Christian activists With this in mind,3. Knowledgeable about the faith, Sacred what percentage Scripture, etc. of the people in4. Know and use their your school or charisms parish are5. Know their vocation and intentional actively live it disciples?6. Engage in fellowship with other disciples
  9. 9. Affirmative Orthodoxy Putting first things first.
  10. 10. Affirmative Orthodoxy  Termed coined by John Allen in 2008  “[A] tenacious defense of the core elements of classic Catholic doctrine, but presented in a relentlessly positive key.”Image by arimorre/ FlickrCC
  11. 11. Affirmative Orthodoxy “Christianity, Catholicism, isn’t a collection of prohibitions: it’s a positive option. It’s very important that we look at it again because this idea has almost completely disappeared today. We’ve heard so much about what is not allowed that now it’s time to say: we have a positive idea to offer.” - Pope Benedict XVI, 2006
  12. 12. Affirmative Orthodoxy How does your Not about soft-peddling experience of “difficult teachings” catechesis in your Emphasis on the positive, affirmation parish or school Joy as charism of New reflect a spirit of Evangelization Affirmative Orthodoxy?
  13. 13. The Year of FaithProclamation, celebration, witness.
  14. 14. The Year of Faith “To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year.”
  15. 15. The Year of Faith Faith in who? What does faith call us to? • Proclaim • Celebrate • Witness
  16. 16. Strategies for Parishes and Catholic SchoolsBecause we’re evangelizing one way or another.
  17. 17. 1. Relentless Focus on the Person of Jesus Christ• Use the Name• Tell the Story
  18. 18. 2. Hire for Evangelization • Seven Qualities of a New Evangelist • Evangelization in the Job Description • Evangelization in Performance EvaluationImage by SpDuchamp / FlickrCC
  19. 19. 3. Invitation to Discipleship• Priority of Discipleship• Within the Cultural Context• High Standards• Life-Long Process
  20. 20. 4. Utilize New Media• Go to Where the People Are• Keep it Christocentric• It’s About Relationships
  21. 21. Q&AThe only stupid question is the unasked one.
  22. 22. Q&AIs your school or parishcommitted to and engagedin the New Evangelization?If so, how?If not, what is one step youcould take to begin?
  23. 23. ResourcesHere’s where you go next.
  24. 24. ResourcesForming IntentionalDisciples: The Path toKnowing and FollowingJesus by Sherry Weddell(OSV, 2012)
  25. 25. ResourcesDisciples Called to Witness:The New Evangelization(USCCB, 2012)
  26. 26. ResourcesFr. Robert Barron’s Word onFire Video Commentary
  27. 27. For notes and linksgo to www.JonathanFSullivan.com
  28. 28. Thank you!

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