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June 2023 - Diocese of Lafayette Catechetical Reflection Day

Living as Missionary Disciples in Parishes and Catholic Schools June 7, 2023

Parishes, dioceses and Catholic schools across the United States are seeking to understand and implement the call to New Evangelization - to re-propose the person of Christ to their people.

Burning Hearts Disciples builds relationships with parishes, dioceses, and schools who are ready to take the next step toward creating a culture of intentional discipleship.

Please join us as we delve into how we can better live out the call to be missionary disciples in our lives both inside and outside the walls of our parishes and schools and how we can effectively pass on the proclamation of the Gospel to others.

If you would like to talk to someone about planning for evangelization & discipleship, hosting a parish mission/retreat, or forming a team of missionary disciples, please don't hesitate to contact us

Share your story!  Tell us about your experience of the Workshop.

Session i: Mission & Identity



Additional Reading


Living as Missionary Disciples: Resource for Evangelization (USCCB) Evangelii Nuntiandi: On Evangelization in the Modern World (Pope Paul VI)   Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing & Following Jesus (Sherry Weddell)   Joy of the GospelEvangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel
(Pope Francis)
 Joy of the GospelStart With Why:  How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
(Simon Sinek)



Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize.

Pope Paul VI, Evangellii Nuntiandi

Faith is the “primary victim” of a Church that does not live out of its missionary identity. But the good news is that faith -- the ability to trust and believe -- will flourish in a missionary environment.



Additional Reading/Watching/Listening

Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew (Deacon Keith Strohm) made for missionThe Ultimate Relationship
(Catholic Christian Outreach)
 ablaze paradigms for parish renewalThe Gathering Place Podcast Episode 123: All We Have to Do is Say Yes (Blessed Is She) falling platesFalling Plates: A short film about life, death, and the love of a savior  

What is the kerygma (the core Gospel proclamation)?
Helping Adults dive more personally into the message of the kerygma
Sharing the kerygma with children & teens 



Additional Reading/Listening

Joy of the GospelLoved as I Am
(Sr. Miriam James Heidland)
 evangelii nuntiandi pope paul viSharing the Faith That You Love 
(John & Therese Boucher) 
 jesus the story you thought you knewEvery Knee Shall Bow Podcast (Epsidoe 89): The Power of Storytelling

Key Quotes

The light of faith is linked to concrete life-stories. (Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei, 12)

Faith is not the product of reflection, nor is it even an attempt to penetrate the depths of my own being.  Both these things may be present, but they remain insufficient without the ‘listening’ through which God, from without, from a story he himself created challenges me. (Pope Benedict XVI, October 2015 Interview)

If you would like to continue the conversation about making disciples in your parish or school - or talk to someone about how to discover, unpack, and share your story of faith, please don't hesitate to contact us

Share Your Story!  Tell us about your experience of the Day!