Until now, I’ve been populating this blog with articles I’ve written for Catholic Today and news about forthcoming events.
However, I want this to be an interactive blog where I can discuss the work I’m doing and chew the fat with as many people out there in the field as I can, from both the altar and the pew.
For those of you who don’t know, in my role (as Evangelisation Fieldworker) I have been allocated 6 parishes, initially, to work with and which it’s hoped will become ‘flagship parishes’, where evangelisation is placed front and centre of parish life. That doesn’t mean necessarily replacing or changing things that those parishes do – I don’t have the power to do that! – but with the parish priest and people, to encourage a change of culture where everything is done (as the Holy Father puts it) ‘in a missionary key’, orientated toward evangelisation. Can all of our parishes become places where people see themselves as missionary disciples in a church that exists to evangelise?
Of course, one of the difficulties of a role such as mine is one of interpretation and communicating a vision – do we know what evangelisation is, and what does a missionary parish (rather than a parish that does mission) look like?
I’d like to ask for your reflections and feedback on some questions I think are important to my role – and if you can think of better ones or ones I’ve missed then please feel free to leave them as comments below. Join the conversation!:
- What is evangelisation?
- What does a Catholic disciple look like?
- What does a missionary parish look like?
- What is required for a parish to create a culture of mission?
Of course, there are a number of resources out there to help us to address many of these issues, but they will only provide the answers if we are asking the questions in the first place.
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