Joyfully Gifted forms and assists the laity in discovering their spiritual gifts and to learn how to discern the practical ways they can witness their faith through action in the world.
Based on the vision of Decree on the Lay Apostolate, a Vatican II document, the Joyfully Gifted process has been created to form and assist the laity in discovering their charisms or spiritual gifts and to learn how to discern the practical ways they can witness in deeds.
The following documents each contribute to the vision of Joyfully Gifted.
“The Church and all of its members is primarily designed to manifest Christ’s message by words and deeds and to communicate his grace to the world.” (6)
Read more in Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity
“Churches must communicate the importance of the laity’s witness and service within the family and within the professional, social, political, and cultural life of society. An effective parish will help its members make the connection between worship and work, liturgy and life in the family, community and workplace.”
Read more in Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium
“What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord and capable of opening the minds and hearts of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end.” (15)
Read more in Porta Fidei
"Imagine a parish community where all of the laity have discovered and are using their spiritual gifts and direct them authentically to the heart of the Gospel. We might find that we will have parish communities guided by the Holy Spirit, living in communion, to be mysteriously fruitful." (130)
Read more in Joy of the Gospel
Joyfully Gifted retreats are funded in part by monies received through generous donations from the Rooted in Faith – Forward in Hope campaign.
To explore the possibility of this process for your parish or organization, please contact our office. Joyfully Gifted is also available in Spanish.
Charisms are instruments of healing and evangelization that reveal Jesus to others and render his presence. They serve as the primary means Christ is revealed through you to others. We are instruments, agents of God’s purpose in this world, channels of his love, truth, and healing provisions specifically given to be used for others.
Besides the fruits of what they do in the life of other people, they represent a call for you. These are not hobbies, but clues for you of how God is calling you personally. Your charisms serve as a major clue to your vocation, serving as tools given to you so you could accomplish your unique mission for God.
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