The word evangelisation is taken from both Latin and Greek roots to mean spreading the good news or ‘gospel’.
We do this in our educational ministry through our ethos and Catholic identity; in the shaping of our Catholic curriculum; in our policies and in our individual and communal witness.
5 Things to remember in exploring evangelisation!
- Evangelisation is individual and personal, and communal and corporate. It is about our shared Catholic identity, and involves us all at an individual and communal level.
- Evangelisation is about transformation on a personal, communal, local and global level.
- Evangelisation is not just about the ‘words’ but about every way the church continues the ministry and mission of Jesus in the world. These ways include celebrating the sacraments; doing works of justice, peace and compassion; building up community; carrying out our everyday vocation; and being citizens in society.
- Evangelisation involves deep listening as well as dialogue at a communal level with other traditions and faiths. While Christians must commit to sharing and bearing witness to their own faith, they must also respect the Spirit’s movements throughout humankind and appreciate the many ways in which the Spirit leads to life. This is explicit in Vatican II documents as well as the new General Directory of Catechesis. (See Thomas Groome pp 4, 5 and Understanding Evangelisation, 2000)
- This nurturing of ‘deep listening’ is also fundamental within our personal spiritual journeys and with those to whom we minister and alongside whom we work. Whether we are renewing or maturing our own Christian faith (re-evangelisation) or whether we are part of the journey in making the connection between personal ‘fire’ and the ‘sacred fire’ of the Christian story (pre-evangelisation), we are challenged to recognise our own stories and hear each others’ stories into life. None of us has arrived.