From the very beginning, Jesus Christ called ordinary men to shepherd his flock. The credentials of the first Bishops wouldn’t have gotten them hired in a job interview – St. Paul had spent years persecuting and killing Christians; St. Thomas didn’t believe that Christ had risen; and St. Peter had denied Christ three times! Yet from these men, Christ built His Church and He built it on rock, never to be destroyed.

The modern world, however, rejects Christ’s wisdom and challenges our Bishops. Their sacred office is termed “antiquated” or “ecclesial bureaucracy;” this could not be further from the truth! Our Bishops are modern-day Apostles, direct descendants of the Twelve. They are our loving shepherds, the fathers of our faith communities, and it is to them we must all look for fatherly guidance and spiritual leadership. Christ said, “Lead my flock.” And lead it they do!

Learn about how Bishops are in the forefront of the New Evangelization and let others know about the great work of your Bishop in leading souls to Christ.

UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

“Because this plan must involve every one of us, we bishops first of all pledge to implement it ourselves… As pastors of local churches, we realize that individuals and parishes also need support at the diocesan level. Each bishop will seriously consider establishing a diocesan office and an evangelization committee or otherwise assign staff to give the ministry of evangelization proper visibility and attention, as well as provide resources for evangelization to his people. Parishes will be looking to these offices for direction and materials.” (Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States, 133-134).

The New Evangelization is a top priority of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and is the predominate feature of their 2013-2016 “Faith, Worship, Witness” strategic plan. Starting in 2013, the USCCB stated that the Year of Faith “is a first instance to be engaged in the new evangelization for the transmission of the Christian faith, [and] is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him.”1 In the current phase of the plan, 2015-2016, one of the major priorities is “forming and training laity to understand the Christian faith and become engaged as evangelizers and witnesses.”2

The USCCB has published two documents specifically in response to the New Evangelization. They are recommended as they help lay the groundwork for evangelization here in America.

Go And Make Disciples
Disciples Called To Witness

SEE HOW OUR BISHOPS ARE LEADING THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

SCALIA, A POWERFUL WITNESS TO JESUS CHRIST

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In this recent article from the NCRegister, Joan Desmond reports the powerful witness Fr. Paul Scalia gave to the world at his father’s, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, funeral Mass.  He completely surprised everyone in attendance when spoke the following

OH, THE WORLD NEEDS JESUS

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In the middle of this crazy world Heavy with sorrow and grief, oh, what a mess Like a ship that is sinking to its doom Carrying its treasure Oh, where can a young life turn?

PREACHING THE GOSPEL WITH A FEMININE VOICE

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Brave, holy Catholic women have faced many hardships through the centuries. It was tough to be a Catholic woman with strong faith in Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages! The Church recounts the harrowing tales