EvangelizationLast updated: over 1 year ago
Guided by the priorities and goals set forth by the 9th Archdiocesan Synod, the Vicar and Office of Evangelization will enact strategies to resource all Archdiocesan offices, parishes, educational institutions, and organizations to carry out the work of the Gospel throughout our local Church.
What is Evangelization?
Evangelization is the joyful proclamation of God’s saving love in Jesus Christ, risen from the dead. It involves bringing this Good News into every human situation – through the faithful, loving witness of our lives – inviting and leading others to encounter the person of Jesus, who heals and transforms individuals, cultures, and society. It is the declaration of God’s incredible desire to be in loving relationship with every member of the human family, a relationship involving ongoing conversion from sin toward communion with God and one another.
As the central mission and identity of the Church, evangelization is not a program; rather, it is the heart of all ministries and activities in the Church. Having been baptized into Christ, we are all sent forth in the power of the Holy Spirit to evangelize, to share in the mission of Christ: seeking out the lost, the suffering, the poor, the marginalized, the broken, and the forgotten ones; meeting each person in his or her human need; and sharing the life-changing message and love of our God. This is evangelization, and it is the call and responsibility of every baptized person.
What’s “new” about the New Evangelization?
The New Evangelization is a moment in the Church’s 2000 plus-year-old mission of bringing Jesus Christ to the world. This mission of evangelization is “new” because the Church recognizes that the human race has entered a new time in history. The modern person finds him/herself living in culture(s) that are dramatically different from the traditionally Christian culture we have enjoyed in the West for centuries. Seeing this, the Church recognizes the need to enter a new period of engagement with the world, to study the “signs of the times,” and to learn how to bring Christ to this new situation in history. The Church, holding within herself the truth that God became human, suffered, died and rose from the dead in order to bring humans to their final fulfillment and happiness in God, realizes that she must engage new ways of bringing this everlasting truth of the gospel to the men and women of today. The new evangelization is not a call to bring a new truth, as if we are changing what we believe. Rather, it is a call to share the unchanging truth of Jesus Christ with new strategies, (e.g. technology, social media, etc.) with “new ardor, new methods and new expression,” so that Jesus Christ and his love can be accessed by all.
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Very Reverend David G. Caron, O.P., D. Min., Vicar of Evangelization
Very Rev. David G. Caron, O.P., D. Min., is the Vicar of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Fr. Caron most recently served as President and Assistant Professor of Liturgical and Sacramental Theology of Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Misouri. After ordination in 1989, Fr. Caron worked as a diocesan priest and parish administrator before joining the Dominican Order in 2000. He earned his B.A. from Springfield College, his Master of Divinity degree from St. John’s Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union. Fr. Caron taught as an adjunct theology professor for both St. Louis University and Aquinas Institute of Theology, he served as the director of the Center for Dominican Studies at Barry University, and served in a leadership capacity as the Socius (assistant) to the Provincial for his Southern Dominican Province for two and half years.
David M. Doyle, Administrative Assistant
David Doyle is the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Evangelization. He graduated in 2012 from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. After completing his degree, David spent a year in seminary for the Archdiocese of New York. Prior to joining the staff of the Office of Evangelization, David has worked in local parish ministry in New York and at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Evangelization is not a program but a person, Jesus Christ!
The Office of Evangelization does not evangelize but provides resources to parishes and church organizations whose responsibility it is to evangelize God’s people.
The Office of Evangelization provides:
- Consultation regarding New Evangelization -- support, materials, assistance and planning.
- Consultation regarding digital evangelization, including social media and communications strategies.
- Workshops/seminars/training for parishes, parish staff, Catholic organizations or apostolates regarding evangelization, new evangelization, and discipleship.
- Parish retreats/staff formation/training.
- Speakers for your parish event.
- Help to discern resources and materials for your parish or parish group.
- Assistance with developing unique events and other opportunities to learn more about the Catholic faith.
The Vicar of Evangelization is currently presenting the Office of Evangelization's introductory presentation "The Mission is Me!" in various parishes throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans. In this presentation, Fr. Caron challenges parishes and orginization clergy and leaders to rethink models for parish life, from membership-based communities to assemblies of intentional disciples of Jesus who proclaimed and shared the goodness with all.
When a community moves from being "inwardly focused only" to outwordly focused, it becomes a creative, healthy, and vibrant community of faith, missionary disciples.
The presentation, "The Mission is Me!", is based on the Church's many writings on Evangelization and Mission, as well as the latest CARA studies and PEW Research.
So far, Fr. Caron has presented at the following parishes:
- 9/21/15 - St. Andrew the Apostle in New Orleans
- 9/22/15 - St. Charles Borromeo in Destrehan
- 9/23/15 - Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Hahnville
- 10/5/15 - All Saints in New Orleans
- 10/24/15 - Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Chalmette
- 10/26/15 - St. Mary of the Angels in New Orleans
- 11/5/15 - St. Joachim in Marrero
For more information, or to request this presentation in your parish, please contact the Office of Evangelization.
Resources from the Vatican (In English and Spanish!)
In his two years as our Holy Father, Pope Francis has promoted the New Evangelization in a number of documents and speeches, including:
- Lumen Fidei, The Light of Faith, Pope Francis' First Encyclical Letter (En español)
- Laudato si', On the Care of Our Common Home, Pope Francis' Second Encyclical Letter (En español)
- Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation (En español)
- To Participants in the Meeting of the Pontifical Mission Societies (En español)
- To the Bishops of East Timor on their Ad Limina visit (En español)
- General Audience on Baptism and Discipleship (En español)
- To the Bishops of Gabon on their Ad Limina visit (En español)
- To Participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization (En español)
- Homily of Pope Francis at the "Mass for the Evangelization of Peoples" in Ecuador (En español)
Pope Benedict XVI
During his time as our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI promoted the New Evangelization in a number of ways.
In 2010, he announced the creation of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization (En español).
Pope Benedict XVI also called for the 2012 Synod of Bishops, with the topic New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. Documents related to the 2012 Synod of Bishops include the:
- Lineamenta, which outlines the orginization of the 2012 Synod (En español)
- Instramentum Laboris, which is the working document summarizing the responses prior to the 2012 Synod (En español)
- Homily of Pope Benedict at the opening Mass of the 2012 Synod (En español)
- Message to the People of God at the Conclusion of the Synod (En español)
- Homily of Pope Benedict at the closing Mass of the 2012 Synod (En español)
Pope St. John Paul II
Pope St. John Paul II also promoted the New Evangelization through his writings. He wrote encyclicals related to the New Evangelization, including Redemptoris Missio, on the Permanent Validity of the Church's Missionary Mandate (En español). John Paul II also published several Apostolic Exhortations, including Christifideles Laici, on the Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful (En español), and Catechesi Tradendae, on Catachesis on our Time (En español).
Bl. Pope Paul VI
Bl. Pope Paul VI released two Apostolic Exhortations related to Evangelization, Evangelii Nuntiandi, on Evangelization (En español), and Gaudete in Domino, on Christian Joy (En español). In additon, there were several documents from the Second Vatican Council released during Paul VI's Papacy related to Evangelization, including Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (En español), Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (En español), and Ad Gentes, the Decree on the Missionary Activtity of the Church (En español). Nostra Aetate, the Decleration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, (En español) and Apostolicam Actuositatem, the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, (En español) are also two more great resources from the Second Vatican Council on Evangelization.
www.vatican.va — Vatican Website
www.usccb.org — United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
www.wearesaltandlight.org — USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
www.nolacatholic.org — Archdiocese of New Orleans
www.evangelization.arch-no.org — Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Evangelization
www.americanbible.org — American Bible Society
www.americancatholic.org — St.Anthony Messenger Press
www.americancatholic.org — Catholic Updates Library
www.avemariapress.com — Ave Maria Press
www.harcourtreligion.com — Harcourt Religion Publishers
www.litpress.org — Liturgical Press
www.loyolapress.com — Loyola Press
www.ltp.org — Liturgy Training Publications
www.osv.com — Our Sunday Visitor
www.pauline.org — Pauline Books and Media
www.pflaum.com — Pflaum
www.rclweb.com — RLC Benziger
www.rpinet.com — Resources Publications
www.smp.org — St. Mary’s Press
www.twentythirdpublications.com — Twenty-Third Publications
www.uscatholic.org — U.S. Catholic
The Amazing Parish conference has a list of resources posted on their website. These Resources include:
- A Reliance on Prayer
- A Real Leadership Team
- A Clear Vision
- The Sunday Experience
- Compelling Formation
- Small Group Discipleship
- Missionary Zeal