New Evangelization

Radical Missionary Discipleship: "I Want That!"

on Monday, 24 July 2017. Maureen Anderson Posted in New Evangelization, Burning Hearts Disciples

3 Takeaways from the Convocation of Catholic Leaders

Radical Missionary Discipleship:

3 members of the Burning Hearts Disciples team joined almost 3,500 participants at the USCCB's 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders.  The goal of the gathering was to assemble Catholic leaders for a strategic conversation, under the leadership of the bishops, on forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the culture.

Called by the bishops, the historic convocation will find more than 3,000 Catholic leaders — bishops, clergy, religious and laypeople — meeting July 1-4 in Orlando, Florida, to focus on how the pope’s 2013 apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”), applies in the United States.

Over the next few weeks we'll be sharing some of our personal insights from the Convocation, the impact this national strategic conversation will have on our apostolate's mission, and our hope for the long-term fruits that will result in the American Catholic Church. 

UPDATE:  Watch the videos of the Plenary Sessions at USCCB Video On Demand.

Takeaway #1:  Unity As the Body of Christ

Immediately upon arriving at the Convocation, it was clear that the first day's theme of "unity" was going to be more than just a buzzword.  3,500 bishops, clergy, religious and laity, including five of the six residential cardinals in the country - featuring delegations from more than 80 percent of the dioceses in the county and all 50 states - were gathered with one unified purpose:  to explore The Joy of the Gospel and how to live it out in the Church in the United States. 

It was very profound and moving to be in one space with all those fellow Catholic Disciples listening to our Apostolic leaders, and having them listen to us.  As we prayed and celebrated the opening Mass, I felt Jesus' love for us and our love for him and each other throughout the room.  I found myself thinking,

This is what it means to BE the Body of Christ; although we don’t live it perfectly, we are all the same body of Christ.

Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America

on Thursday, 29 June 2017. Kristin Bird Posted in New Evangelization, Burning Hearts Disciples

Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America

Next week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are convening an unprecedented gathering of key leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from all across the country in order to assess the evangelization challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States.

The goal of the gathering is to assemble Catholic leaders for a strategic conversation, under the leadership of the bishops, on forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the culture.

Called by the bishops, the historic convocation will find more than 3,000 Catholic leaders — bishops, clergy, religious and laypeople — meeting July 1-4 in Orlando, Florida, to focus on how the pope’s 2013 apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”), applies in the United States.

From Catholic News Service

Burning Hearts Disciples is honored to have accepted an invitation from the USCCB to participate in this conversation.  We will be one of approx 160 collaborating organizations who see evangelization as integral to our mission. We will be among more than 3,000 Catholic leaders from other evangelizing organizations as well as delegations invited from each diocese. 

“This group of people would never be in the same strategic conversations together if it weren’t for the bishops calling them together. They are in all kinds of ministries throughout the church. They are professionals in all the different fields, education, business, teachers. We have people from all socioeconomic groups.”

Jonathan Reyes (executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development and convocation planner)

The public sessions and keynote addresses of the Convocation will be live streamed on EWTN and the USCCB website. A schedule of these addresses can be found here.

Please join us in praying for this historic and unprecendented gathering:

Prayer for the 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders

(July 1 – 4, 2017)

O Holy Spirit, you who first enkindled in our hearts the
joy of the Gospel, renew that same joy in those who are
preparing for the Convocation of Catholic Leaders.

Enflame the hearts of our bishops and their diocesan
delegations; leaders of national organizations and
movements; clergy, religious and laity; all who make
this event possible; and Catholic leaders across the
United States.

Move us to welcome the word of life in the
depths of our hearts and respond to the call of
missionary discipleship.

O Holy Spirit, transform our hearts and enable us to
enter into the perfect communion that you share with
the Father and the Son.*

Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, pray for us. 

Amen.

*cf. EG 117.

Our Lady, Star of the New Evangelization, pray for us!
Our Lady, First Disciple of Jesus Christ, pray for us!
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of our country, pray for us!

Prayer copyright © 2017, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.  Used with permission.

 

Examination of Conscience for Evangelizers

on Wednesday, 01 February 2017. Kristin Bird Posted in New Evangelization, For Parish Leaders, Burning Hearts Disciples

Examination of Conscience for Evangelizers

“Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: ... we are always ‘missionary disciples’. So what are we waiting for?” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 120)

I am an evangelization fraud

It's true.  While I am regularly reading books on the New Evangelization, and am firmly committed to the 'art of accompaniment' as a theory, I’m not very good at it in practice.

Pope Francis has some harsh words for me in Evangelii Gaudium:

“Not to put the word into practice, not to make it reality, is to build on sand, to remain in the realm of pure ideas and to end up in a lifeless and unfruitful self-centredness and Gnosticism.” (EG, 233)

Fortunately, I am not alone.  I ran across an excellent article by Dcn. Charles Fernandes of the Diocese of Hamilton where he admits to also being a "faithful—but sometimes overly passive—Catholic." 

Our own intransigence, our unwillingness to evangelize, is by far the harshest theme in Evangelii Gaudium, the most difficult for me personally to hear.

In his lengthy personal response to reading and praying through The Joy of The Gospel, Deacon Frenandes pulls out a particularly useful examination of conscience for those of us invovled in the promotion, work, and support of evangelization.

 

Accompaniment & Politics

on Wednesday, 05 October 2016. Jill Raugh Posted in New Evangelization

Ten Tips on Dialogue from Pope Francis

Accompaniment & Politics

In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis calls dialogue “essential” for family life. His guidelines on dialogue are easily applicable to civil society as well.

Can you imagine how this election cycle might be different if we challenged ourselves, candidates, political parties, commentators, and others to follow Pope Francis’s advice?

1.  Recognize the real importance and dignity of the other person.

Recognize others’ right “to think as they do and to be happy.” Pope Francis challenges us to acknowledge the values of the other’s “deepest concerns” and what he or she is trying to say (no. 138).

 

Pray Your Way to an Evangelizing Heart

on Thursday, 01 September 2016. Kristin Bird Posted in New Evangelization, For Parish Leaders, Prayer

Pray Your Way to an Evangelizing Heart

At it's core, the New Evangelization has everything to do with this question: Do I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

If we want to be intentional disciples who live the New Evanglization in our parishes, schools, workplaces, and homes, we must begin by deepening our own relationships with God.

A central tenet of Pope Benedict XVI's teaching on the New Evangelization focused on the centrality of prayer in this mission. Benedict XVI understands prayer as holding a two-fold significance in evangelization:

The Art of Accompaniment

on Tuesday, 20 October 2015. Kristin Bird Posted in New Evangelization, Burning Hearts Disciples

The Art of Accompaniment

 

During World Youth Day 2013, Pope Francis issued a challenge to today's church:

“[W]e need a church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a church that accompanies them on their journey; a church able to make sense of the ‘night’ contained in the flight of so many of our brothers and sisters from Jerusalem; a church that realizes that the reasons why people leave also contain reasons why they can eventually return.

But we need to know how to interpret, with courage, the larger picture. Jesus warmed the hearts of the disciples of Emmaus.

[I]t is important to devise and ensure a suitable formation, one which will provide persons able to step into the night without being overcome by the darkness and losing their bearings; able to listen to people’s dreams without being seduced and to share their disappointments without losing hope and becoming bitter; able to sympathize with the brokenness of others without losing their own strength and identity.

Resource Review: Exploring Catholic Theology Essays on God, Liturgy and Evangelization

on Monday, 24 August 2015. Jean Buffington Posted in New Evangelization, Resource Reviews

Exploring Catholic Theology Essays on God, Liturgy and Evangelization
by Bishop-Elect Robert Barron

exploring catholic theology barron

I love Bishop-Elect Barron and always find him to be a wonderful source of inspiration. This book does not disappoint, but it is definitely a "slow read."

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