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New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today

New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today [Kindle Edition]

Cardinal Donald Wuerl
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"This is a new moment in the life of the Church, a new Pentecost. It's our turn now, to share the great gift we have been given, the gift of our Catholic faith, and renew the face of the earth." - Cardinal Donald Wuerl

For the first time since the term "New Evangelization" was coined by Blessed John Paul II, 250 bishops from all over the world were called to Rome by Pope Benedict XVI to discuss it, define it, and determine what it really means to Catholics today. In an exclusive first-hand summary of the three-week Synod, a leader of the gathering, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, provides a succinct, specific and tactical roadmap for where Catholics and parishes and dioceses go from here, including:

  • What's the point? The three most important priorities of the New Evangelization
  • What am I up against? The three "isms" that get in the way of sharing and growing the Faith
  • What do I do? How to galvanize people around one simple truth of the Gospel message
  • Where it all began: The four theological foundations of the New Evangelization
  • Learning from the best: The four characteristics of great evangelizers

In addition to personal and group reflection questions at the end of every chapter, Cardinal Wuerl also shares his own personal faith sharing experiences with non-Catholics and Catholics alike and how the insight he gained shaped his own view of the New Evangelization. A must-read for all parish communities

About the Author

Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the Archbishop of Washington and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. He is known nationally for his catechetical and teaching ministry and for his efforts on behalf of Catholic education. He serves on numerous national and international bodies and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, chancellor of The Catholic University of America, chairman of the board of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Foundation and also of The Papal Foundation. He is chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine and a member of the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including the best-selling catechisms, The Teaching of Christ and The Catholic Way. His most recent book, The Mass, was published in January 2011. In April 2008 Cardinal Wuerl hosted in Washington Pope Benedict XVI on the Holy Father s historic journey to the United States. The Cardinal is also active in community activities, joining with civic and business leaders to promote education, service to the poor, pastoral assistance to refugees and immigrants as well as interfaith understanding. The Cardinal was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America, the Gregorian University while attending the North American College, and a doctorate in theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1966, and ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II on January 6, 1986 in Saint Peter s Basilica, Rome. He served as Auxiliary Bishop in Seattle until 1987 and then as Bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years until his appointment to Washington. His titular (cardinalatial) church in Rome is Saint Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 162 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612786987
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (16 Jan 2013)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great simple summary of the New Evangelisation 3 April 2014
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This book clearly and easily pulls together lots of recent discussion and sources on what the new evangelisation is all about
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 2012 synod of Bishops. 3 Sep 2013
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Cardinal Wuerl was heavily involved in the synod which discussed New Evangelization, and this is reflected in his book. It is short, well-written, and very informative. His love for God, the Church, and the faithful is infectious. This is a book for everyone, no matter what they profess to believe in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great, quick summary 11 Mar 2013
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This small book by the cardinal of Washington D.C. is perfect for lay people who want a quick overview of the main points of the 2012 Synod on the New Evangelization. It includes a preface (worth reading), an introduction, eight short chapters, and a conclusion. Each chapter ends with a paragraph in a box that seems to be Cardinal Wuerl's main thought for the chapter, followed by a one paragraph summary of all that is in the chapter, and finally a few reflection questions that can help individuals or groups engage the information and personalize it. It is not written for scholars; it is easily accessible for most adults and some teens.

This work includes a very brief history of "The New Evangelization, beginning with Pope Paul VI's commitment to an evangelization "new in ardor, methods, and expression" and taken up and promoted by both JPII and B16. What evangelism is (a multidimensional answer is given), what some of the modern day barriers to it are, and how to proceed with it today as clergy members, religious, and lay persons are woven together into one vision. Quotes from some of the bishops in attendance at the synod made me feel like I was there.

This is not a comprehensive guide to the New Evangelization, and the 58 propositions of the synod are, unfortunately, not listed in an appendix, although Cardinal Wuerl does quote some of them in the book when necessary to make sure his own explanations are taken in there proper context. For about five bucks, this is an excellent buy, a very good explanation/summary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting But Not Helpful 6 April 2013
By claire - Published on
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I was looking more for a guide to help the evangelizing process in my parish. I'm aware we have to light the fire. The question is how?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evangelization Now 26 Feb 2013
By Robert E. Davis - Published on
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This is an excellent book by Cardinal Wuerl that gets to the nuts and bolts about the call to evangelize. Christ gave us the command but many do not kow how to follow the command. This book explains how in plain English.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little stiff, but still a good read 20 May 2013
By Stuart Dunn - Published on
I have recently discovered the New Evangelization. Everywhere you turn today, it's the latest buzz phrase in the Catholic world. In this short book, written by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, he explains what it is, where it began, why it's important, and what we can do to spread the Gospel. The chapters are a short read, but they come off a little bit stiff at times, like mini-essays.

I really enjoyed Chapter 6 - "Parishes - Centers of the New Evangelization." This chapter focuses a lot on the religious education of our children both by teachers at Catholic schools and Catechists at the parish level. I have been a catechist for three years, but I never considered this to be a part of the New Evangelization. It definitely eases the sting you sometimes feel when the kids are just not responding to you and don't want to be there at all.

Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was a very fine explanation of what the New Evangelization is, but I was hoping for more practical examples in Chapter 8 - "Sharing the Faith." The book is still worth reading though. We are all called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, not just with strangers but with our family and friends as well. Therefore, we need to know more about the New Evangelization, so pick up this book and other works related to the subject and learn a little more about this movement within our Church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping your faith alive and growing 22 Feb 2013
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Cardinal Wuerl has written an excellent book. It is an easy read. It will enhance your faith in these very trying times.
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