This exciting initiative looks to the future of our diocese in light of the unique needs of people today, the needs of the culture around us, and the desire to form and equip Catholics to fulfill their baptismal call to become missionary disciples of our Lord and His Church to those in their everyday lives. Questions? Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Six Elements of Missionary Disciple Formation
The kerygmatic encounter is a unique type of encounter in which one comes to know Jesus in their lives while being presented with the gospel message. Essential to this experience, is the opportunity to personally respond in conversion, repentance, and surrender to Christ.
Ongoing Spiritual Formation
The disciple continues to encounter Christ in the Mass, other sacraments, and daily prayer. This work of formation in prayer and sacramental living is ongoing.
Having encountered Christ and responded, a disciple’s life is moved into a new direction. Formation, or training in how to evangelize is essential after the kerygmatic encounter.
Living as missionary disciples requires the support of fellow disciples. Community is a necessary part of disciple formation.
Catechesis is the echoing or handing on of the Truths of the Faith. Thorough catechesis is necessary for complete and mature disciple formation.
Ongoing Scriptural Study
Missionary disciples need to continue to grow in their love and understanding of Sacred Scripture.
Conversations on Discipleship
with Father Adam Streitenberger
Subcommittee Evangelization Plans
Our Parishes and Schools
Everything we do is meant to point people towards encountering Jesus in a personal way.
Whether through Eucharistic adoration, proclaiming the Kerygma, personal prayer, or friendship with those in love with Christ, we want help people be open and available for God to meet them and encounter them in new ways and in deeper parts of themselves.
Differences become a place for us to proactively engage, build bridges, and seek common ground. We trust in grace to be able to dialogue with other perspectives without losing our Catholic identity yet being transformed in the process.
We are driven by a desire for all to know Jesus personally. We are bold, never aggressive. We hold integrity and compassion together.
Social and Digital Media
We are a people of Spirit-filled creativity with a boldness to the way we move, driven by a deep desire to see people encounter Jesus. Innovation naturally overflows as we seek out the best ways to engage the culture with the gospel.
Like the early Church, we leave space for newness while being wise and scrappy with the resources we have. Where we meet obstacles we seek new ways to engage.
Lay Missionaries and Apostolates
We are a community of different demographics, ethnicities, lay movements, charisms, and forms of worship that are in communion together.
We are united without uniformity.
Like the different gifts given by the Holy Spirit, we believe our differences are what enable us to represent the body of Christ so beautifully and fully.
Soft Entry Evangelization
When someone interacts with us, they get a glimpse into their purpose that is beyond just head knowledge but a deep understanding in their heart.
This knowledge is an endless discovery.
But to grasp it, one must fully surrender. It requires an ongoing relationship with God and a continual acceptance of His invitation to go deeper.
40 Days of Adoration
This much anticipated initiative is already underway through prayer and preparation.
Throughout Lent, we invite all Catholics to take part in 40 Days of Adoration which began on Ash Wednesday, and to participate in Reconciliation on Monday, April 11th, the Monday of Holy Week, by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation available at most parishes from 4-7pm.
We are also asking the diocese to join together to pray our Real Presence, Real Future Prayer found on prayer cards available at all parishes and here.