What Is the New Evangelization?
Evangelization is the
very essence of the Church. As baptized Catholics, we are all called to share
Christ in our daily life. The New Evangelization is meant to aid all Catholics in
seeing the world as an opportunity to bring people to Christ and to grow closer
to Christ themselves. Order copies of this pamphlet.
Evangelization is realized through announcing the Good News to those who have
never heard of Christ (called missio ad
gentes, the mission to the nations), engaging in ongoing catechesis, and "re-proposing"
the Gospel to those who, although baptized, have drifted away from the Church.
By deepening our
relationship with Christ and experiencing his love, we renew our faith as
disciples in a community of believers, grow in confidence in the truth of the
Gospel, and then share our faith in Jesus Christ joyfully with others.
Church and the New Evangelization
as the pope is the source and foundation of unity for the Universal Church, so too is your bishop the source and foundation of unity for
your diocese. Bishops "have as their first task 'to preach the Gospel of God to
all men'" (Catechism of the Catholic
Church, 2nd ed. [Washington, DC: Libreria Editrice Vaticana–USCCB, 2000], no.
888). However, they cannot fulfill this task alone! Together in union with the bishops,
you are called to evangelize and bring others to Christ. This unity in the Body
of Christ is why, at Sunday Mass, we profess, "I believe in one, holy,
catholic and apostolic Church."
How Can You Witness to Your Faith in Your Diocese?
- Pray and read
celebrate the sacraments, especially in Sunday Mass each week (find your local
parish at www.masstimes.org).
- Trust in the
Holy Spirit to give you the grace needed to witness and share your faith with
- Pray for our
Holy Father, bishops, priests, religious, and all those who serve the Church.
- Attend diocese-wide
faith formation events, like retreats and catechetical days.
- Join in the
celebration of diocese-wide liturgies, such as Marriage Sunday, Mass for Life,
and the Rite of Election.
- Regularly check
your diocesan and parish website and social media.
- Participate in
direct service opportunities and legislative advocacy initiatives through your
state Catholic Conference.
missionaries and missionary efforts.
- Remember the
words of Peter: "Always be
ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope" (1 Pt 3:15).
- For more information on the New Evangelization, see Disciples
Called to Witness.
Prayer for the New Evangelization
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For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will
be saved." But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how
can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear
without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? (Rom
The document The Church: The Community of the New
Evangelization was developed as a resource by the Committee on
Evangelization and Catechesis of the United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops (USCCB). It was reviewed by the committee chairman, Bishop David L.
Ricken, and has been authorized for publication by the undersigned.
Msgr. Ronny E. Jenkins, JCD
General Secretary, USCCB
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