A Franciscan Take on Diocesan New Evangelization Convocation

Paul Keggington

November 02, 2013

Wondering what impact the Diocese of Green Bay 2013 Leadership Convocation had on those who attended? Not only were Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in the crowd of participants, but  Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora was also a presenter. The general theme was Parishes: Called to Be Holy, Fully Engaged and Fully Alive.

Sister Rochelle Kerkhof provided this review:

For me, Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s witness of personal humility, his pastoral presence among us and his manner of simply teaching in a very understandable fashion has positively impacted my understanding of the new evangelization process within our church.   It was a good day!

Sister Mary Ann responded this way:

I found the Convocation renewing and inspiring! One of the many encouraging aspects was encountering so many committed, involved people who give themselves to Jesus and His Church, including many of those I have as students in the Emmaus and Apóstoles Programs along with students from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family! Having the opportunity to share with them and discuss Cardinal Wuerl’s presentation on how it is now “our turn” to pass on Jesus’ Gospel message that the Kingdom is within us and present in our world. I especially appreciated the emphasis that the Church is the “Home of the Good News.” Jesus left us His Church and entrusted you and me to live out the coming of the Kingdom, knowing that  the Church, was there when Christ lived, taught, died and rose. So we know that what we believe is true!

Sister Marie Kolbe gave 2 presentations.Franciscan Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora speaker at Green Bay Diocese leadership day

  • What’s new About New Evangelization?

Identifying aspects unique to this new wave of evangelization, she expored the four waves of evangelization in the Church’s history highlighting the characteristics of each one.

  • The Holy Spirit as the Principle Agent of Evangelization

Presentation discussed the Holy Spirit’s role in Christian existence, our need to invoke the Holy Spirit as individuals and as a Church to discern the ways necessary to the New Evangelization.

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