“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
In March of 2017, the diocese created an Office of Evangelization with Joe Bland as director. With direction from an advisory council and consultation with the Priests’ Council, the Evangelization office is ready to launch a four year plan entitled, Living as Missionary Disciples.
- Year One – Encounter | Prayer | Come and See
Building an Atmosphere of Trust and Openness
- Year Two – Accompany | Evangelization | Follow Me
Proclaiming the Name of Jesus and Encountering the Lord
- Year Three – Community | Discipleship | Remain in Me
Growing, Maturing and Discernment
- Year Four – Send | Missionary Discipleship | Go & Make Disciples
Leading and Forming
Year one is all about encountering Jesus through prayer. When we spend time in prayer, we develop a deeper intimacy with God. Through this deep intimacy, we learn how to respond to the Gospel, thus loving our neighbors and spreading the Good News of God’s mercy and love.
Join us this year, beginning with the Advent season, as we encounter Jesus in personal prayer, family prayer, in Scripture prayer and reflection, and in the Eucharist.
On December 3, the first Sunday of Advent, Bishop William F. Medley is asking every parish to hold a Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration at 2 PM. Materials are being developed to assist in parish planning.
On December 6, pastors are inviting all of their parish staffs to join diocesan staff, priests and deacons for a day of prayer and witness. We ask that everyone join us in prayer as we begin this journey of encountering the presence of God through prayer.
“Without prolonged moments of adoration, of prayerful encounter with the word, of sincere conversation with the Lord, our work easily becomes meaningless; we lose energey as a result of weariness and difficulties, and our fervor dies out. The Church urgently needs the deep breath of prayer…”
Evangelii Gaudium, 262