On April 15-16, the second annual New Evangelization Summit was held in Ottawa, Canada, as well as in thirty other remote host sites around North America. It was a day and a half event starting on Friday evening with three talks and concluding Saturday after five more talks. About 650 people attended in Ottawa and total attendance was around 3000 people. Speakers included: Michael Dopp (Mission of the Redeemer Ministries), Sherry Weddell (Co-Director of the Catherine of Siena Institute), Christopher West, Dr. Peter Kreeft, Angele Regnier (Co-founder of Catholic Christian Outreach), Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, and Bishop Riesbeck of the Archdiocese of Ottawa.
Michael Dopp of Mission of the Redeemer Ministries helped put on the New Evangelization Summit (NES) and he said that it went really well. “The speakers were excellent and fit well together. The summit started with the inspirational and moved to the practical. This created a complete package for participants.”
Moving forward, Michael hopes that attendees are more open to being actively engaged in the work of evangelization. “It is really a movement of the heart,” Michael said, “I hope they are more comfortable and willing to share their faith. To share what God is doing in their life and the invitation He has for us; His call to friendship.”
In addition to inspiring people to become evangelizers, Michael said speakers like Sherry Weddell, Bishop Riesbeck, and Angele Regnier gave a lot of practical advice that people are taking back to their own parishes and ministries. For example, Sherry Weddell spoke on the “Thresholds of Evangelization” and becoming intentional disciples which Michael said, “has the capacity to open people to see their parishes with new eyes and see what the opportunities are.” Angele Regnier also spoke about a very simple model she has used in campus ministry to explain the kerygma and to call people to a response to Christ. “Some of the people had seen that model before,” Michael said, “but for a lot of people, they were seeing that for the first time. They saw that it was something they could use in their life and within parish ministry.”
If you are interested in CD’s or DVD’s of the New Evangelization Summit, you can purchase them here. UEvangelize, a new online community for evangelizers, will also have all the sessions available as part of their membership.