Fr. Alvin Illig, CSP, devoted his life to the task that Pope Paul VI
called "the essential mission of the Church." Touched by the Holy
Spirit, he labored to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the truth of
the Catholic faith before the duty to evangelize was widely accepted.
He led the way for the rest of us.
Fr. Illig is best known as founding director of the Paulist National
Catholic Evan-gelization Association. However, he also served as first
executive director of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops'
Committee on Evangelization from 1977 to 1982, doing everything in his
power to ensure that the whole Church in the United States lived and
preached the Good News.
It was Fr. Illig's generous support that enabled the committee to write
this National Plan and Strategy. In recognition of his service to the
Church and to the cause of Catholic evangelization, we hereby dedicate
it to him. May it serve as a fitting memorial to one ever faithful to