Practical Evangelization

Tools to equip and support your call to live out the New Evangelization in your home, workplace, and community. These are boots-on-the-ground tested resources that we know have helped Catholics like you more effectively share their faith with family and friends. 

The Kerygma for Catholics

Posted in The Kerygma

Kerygma   (noun) ke·ryg·ma \kə->rig-mə\


The word kerygma is related to the Greek verb κηρύσσω (kērússō) (pronounced "kay-roos'-so") meaning to cry or proclaim as a herald. It means proclamation, announcement or preaching.

The kerygma is the message of the Gospel; the apostolic proclamation of salvation through Jesus Christ.  It is the core and heart of our faith.


If you were to sum up the core message of the Gospel in just a few sentences, what would you say that it is?



As you can see, the kerygma is not complicated.  It is not (yet) concerned with the details of morality or magisterium.  It is a telling of the story of our salvation in its simplest and most important form.  It is not just for Catholics.  It is so fundamental, that this core Gospel message crosses all Christian denomination boundaries and barriers.

Evangelizing in Your Marriage

Posted in In Your Home

Sign up for Our 7 Day Virtual Marriage Retreat

Looking for a way to enrich your marriage? To evangelize your spouse? Sign up for our 7 Day Virtual Marriage Retreat!

Virtual Marriage Retreat

How it Works: 

  • Each day you will receive the day's retreat via email. 
  • Plan to set aside some time for prayer each day for the seven days of the retreat. 
  • When you get to your prayer time, open the email and read about the theme for the day, reflect on a real-life marriage scenario, and think about ways to strengthen your own marriage. 
  • If possible, do the retreat together with your spouse!

Materials Needed:  All you need is about 15 minutes a day and access to your email! 

There are questions for reflection/discussion included each day.  Some retreat participants also like to have a journal available to jot down their thoughts.

Sign up Here!

Examination of Conscience for Evangelizers

Posted in Prayer for the Missionary Disciple


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“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.

Pray Your Way to an Evangelizing Heart

Posted in Prayer for the Missionary Disciple

pray evangelizing heartAt 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:

    1. Those sharing the faith must first be re-evangelized ourselves, growing in habits of prayer and contemplation amidst life’s busyness; and

    2. Among those with whom we share the faith, prayer constitutes a deeply personal and essential means by which one encounters God.

Benedict XVI writes:

“Praying actualizes and deepens our communion with God. Our prayer can and should arise above all from our heart, from our needs, our hopes, our joys, our sufferings, from our shame over sin, from our gratitude from the good. It can and should be a wholly personal prayer." [1]

The role of prayer in the New Evangelization is central for the Pope Emeritus, and it must be for as well.

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