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Missionary Discipleship


Living as Missionary Disciples

Living as missionary disciples is a way of being Church.

The Holy Spirit, the animator and sanctifier of the Church, her divine breath, the wind in her sails, the principle of her unity, the inner source of her light and strength, her support and consoler, her source of charisms and songs, her peace and her joy, her pledge and prelude to blessed and eternal life.

With the help of the Holy Spirit evangelizers can transform the world. (Living As Missionary Disciples pgs. 18-19)

In addition, Terrie Baldwin shares some ideas to ponder on the newest document from the USCCB Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization, Living as Missionary Disciples. Living as a missionary disciple comes from one’s own personal way of living, the privilege we hold as baptized members of the church and it looks at how we share this spirit in each of our ministries.

Get the Book: The Living as Missionary Disciples book as an online Flipbook is available here or for purchase here.


Diocese of Cleveland Convocation Team Presentations Available

In July 2017, a 10-person Convocation Team from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland attended the USCCB’s Joy of the Gospel Convocation. Team members are ready and willing to share their insights from the Convocation along with the vision for Living as Missionary Disciples with any parish, school, or organization in the Diocese.

Presentations will be customized to your group’s needs and time-frames. For more information, please contact the Evangelization Office to discuss or schedule a presentation.

The Joy of the Gospel in America

This July, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops held The Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.  The convocation took place from Saturday, July 1st, to Tuesday, July 4th, and a delegation from the Diocese of Cleveland was present along with our yet to be named at that time Bishop Nelson Perez.

This convocation gathered key leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations across the United States to look at the Church in the United States and evaluate the challenges and opportunities presented today. The historic gathering carefully studied forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and engage the culture. Through looking at Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel, participants learned how to implement evangelization into their dioceses and daily lives.

Many beautiful witness stories and inspiring talks with practical tips on how to live out missionary discipleship were shared.  Below are links that direct to the witnesses, prayer times, and keynote addresses during the Convocation. Some of the speakers include, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Sister Miriam James Heidland SOLT, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Dr. Ansel Augustine, Lucia Baez Luzondo, Bishop Robert Barron, and more. Feel free to explore the materials presented during the Convocation to learn how to implement the ideas of missionary discipleship in your daily life.

Please pray for the continued outreach from the Convocation:

O Holy Spirit, you who first enkindled in our hearts the joy of the Gospel, renew that same joy in all who are living as missionary disciples.
Enflame the hearts of our bishops and their diocesan delegations; leaders of national organizations and movements; clergy, religious and laity; all Catholic leaders across the United States.
Move us to welcome the word of life in the depths of our hearts and respond to the call of missionary discipleship.
O Holy Spirit, transform our hearts and enable us to enter into the perfect communion that you share with the Father and the Son.*
Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, pray for us. 
Amen.

Copies of Mary Star of Evangelization Prayer Cards are available by contacting the Evangelization Office

Encounter

The purpose of evangelization is to lead people to encounter Christ.

First, Pope Francis invites “all Christians everywhere at this very moment to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ or at least an openness to letting him encounter them.”

This personal encounter is the key event in the life of every disciple that changes the direction of life, as we see happen so often in the lives of the disciples in the Scriptures. As Pope Benedict XVI stated,

“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty ideal, but the encounter with an event, a person which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” (pgs. 9-10)

Accompany

The response to an encounter with Christ needs accompaniment.

Missionary outreach is at the heart of discipleship, “Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in a city square during work, on a journey.”

We need others to model lives of discipleship and accompany us as we grow in the spiritual life and experience ongoing conversion. (Living as Missionary Disciples pgs. 14-15)

Community

Evangelization invites people to the Body of Christ, which is the Catholic Church.

The church is a community brought together by the work of the Holy Spirit. Liturgical life is a natural source of accompaniment and comfort for the Christian faithful, which also builds community.

The community of faith, does not remain focused on itself, but instead sends disciples out on mission. (Living as Missionary Disciples pgs. 16-17)

Send

Evangelization leads disciples to accept God’s desire to send them on mission.

We become missionary disciples when we take our encounter with Jesus Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent. The Lord seeks all, he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love. (Living as Missionary Disciples pgs. 17-18)

The Holy Spirit

Living as missionary disciples is a way of being Church.

The Holy Spirit, the animator and sanctifier of the Church, her divine breath, the wind in her sails, the principle of her unity, the inner source of her light and strength, her support and consoler, her source of charisms and songs, her peace and her joy, her pledge and prelude to blessed and eternal life.

With the help of the Holy Spirit evangelizers can transform the world. (Living as Missionary Disciples pgs. 18-19)

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