What is Evangelization?

Evangelization is the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

"Be not afraid! For behold, I bring you good news” (Luke 2:10).

 

What is the New Evangelization?

The New Evangelization is the same Good News of Jesus Christ proclaimed, but with a new focus, new methods, and renewed enthusiasm.  Instead of focusing on just those who have not heard the Good News, the New Evangelization targets those who have heard about Jesus Christ but have not accepted the invitation to intentional discipleship.

"...there is [a situation], particularly in countries with ancient Christian roots, and occasionally in the younger Churches as well, where entire groups of the baptized have lost a living sense of the faith, or even no longer consider themselves members of the Church, and live a life far removed from Christ and his Gospel. In this case what is needed is a ‘new evangelization’ or a ‘re-evangelization.'" -- Blessed John Paul II in Redemptoris Missio

 

What is the difference between Evangelization and Proselytizing?

Evangelization is an invitation to encounter Jesus Christ.
Proselytizing is a forced encounter where Jesus is not invited.

"The Church does not impose but freely proposes the Catholic faith, well aware that conversion is the mysterious fruit of the action of the Holy Spirit. Faith is a gift and a work of God, and hence excludes any form of proselytism that forces, allures or entices people by trickery to embrace it."  -- Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Bishops and Ordinaries of Kazakhstan and Central Asia on October 2, 2008

 

What does Jesus have to say about Evangelization?

Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).  As God the Father sent Jesus, so Jesus sends us (John 20:21).  He calls us to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).  His invitation is simple: Follow Me (John 21:19).

"Christ has confidence in you and he entrusts his own mission to you: Go and make disciples!" -- Pope Francis in a July 23, 2013 Tweet

 

Why does the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas have an Office of Evangelization?

Evangelization is the mission of the Catholic Church.  Every disciple of Jesus Christ is called to participate in this mission.  The Office of Evangelization exists to help carry out this mission in North East Kansas.  Both at the Archdiocesan and parish level, the Office of Evangelization strives to foster a culture that attracts, welcomes, and forms those who sincerely seek God so that they might come to know Jesus Christ and become a disciple.  Efforts include promoting small group evangelization in parishes, engaging in digital and new media to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, offering workshops and events for clergy and laity, and collaborating with ministries at work in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to further the New Evangelization.

"Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize, that is to say, in order to preach and teach, to be the channel of the gift of grace, to reconcile sinners with God, and to perpetuate Christ's sacrifice in the Mass, which is the memorial of His death and glorious resurrection."  -- Pope Paul VI in Evangelii Nuntiandi

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Office of Evangelization

Father Andrew Strobl, Director
913-721-1570 (Ext. 433)
evangelization@archkck.org

 

Betsy Helow, Pastoral Associate
913-721-1570 (Ext. 429)
bhelow@archkck.org

 

Kimberly Rode, Maryvale Institute
913-310-0014
maryvale@archkck.org

 

 

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