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This year we are collaborating with several other USCCB Committees to provide resources to Catholic laity across the U.S. in response to Pope Francis' call to all the baptized to grow closer to the Lord and to take up their proper role as "missionary disciples."

Our theme for 2017 is Living as Missionary Disciples/Viviendo como discípulos misioneros.

On our websites you will find 9 different topics presented in both English and Spanish, in the form of articles and webinar presentations, as well as short and engaging videos. 

I invite everyone to make use of the materials that are offered for 2017 — evangelists, catechists and teachers, parents and families, parish leadership and faith growth groups, and anyone striving to live as a missionary disciple.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair
Chairman of Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis

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Catechetical Sunday 2017 Theme: Living as Missionary Disciples

sites one mission: Living as Missionary Disciples. Find video and webinars on the Leadership path. Find articles, prayer cards, graphics and more on the Catechetical Sunday path.  |


Bishop FloresChristian Discipleship and the Care for the Created Order

Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, STD
Bishop of Brownsville

The teaching of Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Sí represents an urgent call for Christians to apply the Gospel to the current problem of the degradation of the natural and human environment.


mar-munoz-fullLeadership Institute - Dr Hosffman OspinoEncuentro as a Pedagogical Model for Catechesis and Evangelization

Mar Muñoz-Visoso
Executive Director, Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB

Dr. Hosffman Ospino
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Education, Boston College

Missionary catechesis must consider the formation of married couples and families if it is to be effective. This article grounds this family catechesis in a proper understanding of the sacrament of marriage and the missionary nature of the family in the world.


Dr. Janet Diaz is the Dean at the Institute for Ministry at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.The Joy of Celebrating the Sacraments

Dr. Janet Diaz
Director of Evangelization, Church of Holy Family in Novi, MI

Those who are poor in body and spirit often suffer most from lack of spiritual care. The grace of the sacraments is a great support to us as we seek to live out two of Pope Francis' mandates: seek to encounter Jesus Christ each and every day and reach out to those on the margins.


Margaret Matijasevic Leadership Institute PresenterInterview with Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C., D.Min. and Margaret Matijasevic entitled, "By Their Fruits You Will Know Them": Catechists and Evangelizers as Missionary Disciples

Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C., D.Min
Director, Catholic Apostolate Center

Margaret Matijasevic
Executive Director, National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

A conversation between NCCL Executive Director Margaret Matijasevic and Catholic Apostolate Center Director Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. about catechists as Missionary Disciples.


Juilian Stanz presenterHeadshot of Tom EastAccompanying Youth and Young Adults on Their Journey as Missionary Disciples

Julianne Stanz
Director, New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, WI

Tom East
Director, Center for Ministry Development

Our engagement with youth should help young disciples encounter Christ, accompany them, promote belonging in the parish community, and lead them to missionary witness. Stanz and East share a vision for this process including practical resources, suggestions, and prayers for parishes.



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