The key next steps for every parish are as follows:
Create an Evangelisation Team
- brief the Evangelisation Team on Proclaim Westminster
- invite the Evangelisation Team to:
- study the 3 Proclaim Westminster Addresses;
- do the 2 Exercises done at Proclaim Westminster
- begin to consider 3 Evangelising Initiatives
- choose 3 Evangelising Initiatives
For Proclaim'15 Westminster photos click here.
For Proclaim'15 Westminster news story here.
ACCESSING ADDRESSES, PRESENTATIONS & EXERCISES
Proclaim Westminster on 14th November 2015 proved to be a great gathering of the Diocesan family. More than 300 people attended, with 140 parishes represented. The process was as follows:
1ST ADDRESS – THE VISION
Bishop Nicholas Hudson began by revisiting the journey the Diocese had already come with Proclaim.
1ST PRESENTATION – PROCLAIM LEGACY RESOURCE
David Wells gave a Presentation of the Proclaim Legacy Resource.
2ND PRESENTATION – NON-CHURCHGOING CATHOLICS
2ND ADDRESS – EVANGELISATION AND MERCY
Cardinal Vincent Nichols led us in a reflection on the implications of mercy for all that we are doing in Evangelisation.
1ST EXERCISE – HOW TO PROCLAIM MERCY
Each table then embarked on the 1st Exercise.
3RD PRESENTATION – ONE-TO-ONE TESTIMONY
Watch video recording of One-to-One Evangelising.
Watch video recording of Melany's O'Neill testimony
4TH PRESENTATION - TEAMS
2ND EXERCISE – BRAINSTORMING PRIORITIES
The day’s work ended with a 2nd Exercise.
3RD ADDRESS – WHERE WE GO FROM HERE
Bishop Nicholas Hudson concluded proceedings with a final address, in which he explained the next steps. A summary of his address.
In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis calls us to become 'missionary disciples' and explains that 'to make this missionary impulse ever more focused, generous and fruitful, I encourage each particular Church to undertake a resolute process of discernment, purification and reform.' (EG 30)
The Diocese is embarking on a journey to respond to the Pope's call of discernment to see how we can in our parishes reflect upon our gifts and discern more deeply how we might best share the good news that Jesus Christ has triumphed over sin and death, and walks with us to lead us to new life.
In a document entitled Towards a Vision for New Evangelisation in the Archdiocese of Westminster, Bishop Nicholas provides a reflection on the theme and outlines the many forms that this evangelisation might take. He also unveils a series of initiatives to help us discern how we might discover the charism in our parishes and how we can broaden our outreach further.
A PDF copy of the document can be downloaded here.
As part of a series of talks to launch the initiative in the Diocese, Bishop Nicholas gave the talk shown below at Westminster Cathedral Hall. In it, he explains his vision for evangelisation in the diocese.
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In the July 2015 edition of the Westminster Record, Bishop Nicholas wrote about looking forward to the Evangelisation Conference which was being held on 11 July. This can be read HERE.
You can read Cardinal Vincent's address at the National Evangelisation Conference given on 11 July 2015 by clicking HERE.