Evangelisation

Seeds resting in a persons hands - Photo by Joshua Lanzarini on Unsplash
‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’Right after I was ordained, I spent five years working in the Amazon in South America. The area I worked in is called the Rupununi. That’s an area of Guyana about...
Young man praying at Farm st church, london
This year’s Landings Lecture will be given by Dr Austen Ivereigh, papal biographer and Catholic Voices co-founder, on the subject: ‘Close and Concrete: Pope Francis on how to Evangelise in a World in Flux’.  This is a vital topic for us all in the Church as it invites us to consider how as individuals and as a faith community we reach out to others.  Landings aims to fill a gap in the Church by providing a compassionate, sensitive, honest space to accompany those who are considering...
Jesuits of four provinces in North West Europe – including Britain – are leaving their current ministries from tomorrow to take part in alternative works – known in Jesuit jargon as ‘experiments’. The men – from Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands, as well as Britain – will be undertaking this major collaborative initiative in order to reflect on their apostolic priorities for the Society of Jesus over the coming decades.  This collaboration will help the men of the four provinces to...
The Jesuits will be among the delegates at Proclaim ’15 in Birmingham this weekend. More than 800 people from parishes throughout Britain – as well as members of religious congregations and Catholic charities and groups that work with young Catholics – will meet for a time of workshops, talks and prayer at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. A project of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Proclaim ’15 aims to support, inspire and encourage new expressions of parish evangelisation. It...
Nightfever resumes this week in Oxford, as students return to the university after the Christmas break. As part of their outreach programme, they will not only be spending time in silent prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blackfriars chapel but will also be going onto the streets of Oxford and inviting passers-by to join them.“Our Nightfever volunteers have the desire to share the joy of their faith and the love of God,” explains Alexandra Harrod, one of the Chaplains at the Oxford...
Archbishop Rino Fisichella will take part in a study day at Heythrop College, University of London, as part of the Year of Consecrated Life. In addition to being the first President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, he previously served as President of the Pontifical Academy for Life. His address on 21 March 2015 will be entitled ‘The New Evangelisation: A Challenge for the West’.Salvatore "Rino" Fisichella studied classics at St...
The latest Faith Matters Question Time took place at Farm Street in London last night. A panel of four debated whether religion should be part of education in the latest discussion organised by the Mount Street Jesuit Centre and the Agency for Evangelisation.The debate chaired by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ included Jonathan Bartley, the Founding Director of Ekklesia, the Christian Political Think Tank. His own experience of trying to find a place for his son in a faith school has led him to...
Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro
The primary reason for evangelising is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him.  So says Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium; “what kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known? If we do not feel an intense desire to share this love, we need to pray insistently that he will once more touch our hearts."“Christ’s resurrection is not an event of...
Helping the Homeless
We have all experienced unexpected acts of kindness from time to time. Surely the whole of life will be more enjoyable if we learn to value and appreciate the natural goodness that is in others, rather than think of the world only as evil, and that as Christians, we have a monopoly of goodness. Goodness is the fruit of the love shown by God when he created humankind.God later came to us in the person of Jesus as a continuation of that initial love. This now enables those who receive him to bear...
Pope Francis’ fresh approach to spreading the Gospel is rooted in the history and experience of the Order to which he belongs: the Jesuits. In a new pamphlet published by the Catholic Truth Society, Fr Chris Pedley SJ explores his links with the Order and Evangelisation.Pope Francis, Evangelisation and the Jesuits looks at the great evangelisers and missionaries of the Jesuit order and the missionary impetus that St Ignatius and his companions and successors in the Society of Jesus...

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