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Ascension Press

www.ascensionpress.com

First of all, it’s not about us. It’s about an encounter with the living God. For the past 20 years, everything we have done at Ascension has been aimed to help Catholics have that encounter. From our Bible studies to our sacramental prep programs, from our Q&A-style books to our free online videos, everything has been focused on that encounter. That is the longing of our hearts, and the longing of every heart until it rests in God. After helping over 1,000,000 Catholics and 8,000 parishes, and producing more than 50 faith formation programs, we believe that the “secret” to an encounter with God really isn’t so secret … it can all be found in the promise made by Jesus himself: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” - Matthew 18:20

That’s a promise. And it’s a promise from the highest source there is, a promise from the God who never breaks his word. So we do the best thing any sinner can do in this world; we trust the promise of God; and we base our programs and studies on that promise. When you run an Ascension program, you are acting on your trust in that promise. You are meeting in a group in the name of Jesus, in the name of understanding his Word, trusting—as we do—in the power of God’s promise that he will truly be present in your midst. That’s not a light thing to say. But we didn’t say it. God did.

Whether you’re just starting out on your faith journey or well along the road, we have something for you because we have been there, too. Ready to get started?

 

Augustine Institute

www.augustineinstitute.org

We believe the New Evangelization requires Catholics to reclaim a faithful orthodoxy while being witnesses to the living Gospel in our post-Christian culture. Evangelization is as much a skilled practice as it is a mission. Our faculty is unique in its blend of advanced theological degrees and pastoral experience on the front lines of the New Evangelization.

Well-formed disciples make Catholicism compelling and relevant. Leaders for the New Evangelization must be personally discipled by those who are passionate for Christ. We equip lay leaders with the training and parish programming they need to bring the faith alive.

We must be vanguards of the New Evangelization, imparting ancient wisdom through modern media and technology. Our facility, located in the heart of the Denver Tech Center, features state-of-the-art video production, online delivery methodologies, and a professional production team with a wealth of media experience.

 

Bishop Robert Barron’s “Catholicism” series and much more.

www.wordonfire.org

Journey around the world and deep into the Faith.

For the first time, in breathtaking, high-definition cinematography, the beauty, goodness and truth of the Catholic Faith are illustrated in a rich, multimedia experience.

Journey with acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Bishop Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 15 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claims more than one billion of the earth’s people.

From the sacred lands of Israel to the beating heart of Uganda... from the glorious shrines of Italy, France, and Spain, to the streets of Mexico, Kolkata, and New York City, the fullness of CATHOLICISM is revealed. Journey deep into the Faith as you watch each episode.

 

Catherine of Siena Institute

www.siena.org

Pope John Paul, II taught that "Formation is not the privilege of a few, but a right and duty of all" (Christifideles Laici 63). The Catherine of Siena Institute works to ensure that every Catholic has access to a formation that:

  • is distinctly lay in approach, spirituality, and focus
  • is deeply rooted in the Tradition and Magisterial teaching of the Church
  • calls each baptized man and women to intentional discipleship
  • fosters integration of faith, work, and relationships
  • takes seriously the gifts of the Holy Spirit given to every Christian
  • enables each one to discern more deeply God's unique call in his or her own life
  • prepares him or her to be an effective, creative apostle in the midst of the world
  • encourages collaboration between the clergy and laity in mission to the world
  • is geared to the real lives of working adults

At the Catherine of Siena Institute, we work to make apostolic formation and support readily available to all lay Catholics by:

  • making evangelization and self-formation resources available to lay Catholics and developing new resources as needed
  • equipping parishes to become centers of evangelization and formation, discernment, and apostolic support for the laity
  • forming clergy, religious, and lay leaders to be effective evangelizers and formators of lay people
  • fostering awareness, discussion, theological inquiry, and pastoral consultation throughout the Church regarding the evangelization, apostolic mission, and formation of the laity
  • collaborating with interested individuals, groups, and organizations in the service of this mission

 

CHRISTLIFE

www.christlife.org

ChristLife equips Catholics for the essential work of evangelization so that all people might personally encounter Jesus Christ and be transformed into His missionary disciples.

Our ministry partners with parishes, priests, religious and lay leaders who are seeking to answer the Church’s call to a new evangelization through a proven method of parish evangelization and outreach. We developed the ChristLife evangelization process, which is a relational way to make missionary disciples by helping people discover, follow, and share Jesus Christ.

ChristLife fulfills our mission in four ways:

1. Personally evangelizing in our communities.

The Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations” begins in our own backyard through our own local parishes and among young adults in the Archdiocese of Baltimore with ChristLife Young Adults. ChristLife’s local evangelization work is foundational to all of the work we do nationally.

Learn more about ChristLife Young Adults.

2. Producing resources for the ChristLife evangelization process.

ChristLife’s hospitality-centered evangelization process is changing lives and transforming parishes through three essential steps: discovering, following, and sharing. We produce videos, books, and training materials for the ChristLife evangelization process.

Learn more the ChristLife evangelization process.

3. Presenting training events.

ChristLife presents training events to help people evangelize using the ChristLife series. ChristLife has equipped thousands of Catholic leaders across the country and overseas through training conferences, parish training days, and parish or diocesan staff retreats.

Learn more about ChristLife training opportunities.

4. Partnering with Catholics to build a network of evangelizers.

ChristLife is building a network of prayer, support, and communion in the Church’s mission of evangelization. We are more than a ministry, but a growing community of missionary disciples united in our love for Jesus and commitment to evangelize.

Learn more about connecting with the ChristLife community.

 

The “Come & See” Bible Study series.

www.catholicbiblestudy.net

Come and See ~ Catholic Bible Study proclaims the Lordship of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God the Father. Catholic Bible Study materials are written to enable people to come to know Jesus Christ in a deeper way in the study of the Sacred Scriptures and to conform their lives to God’s Word. Seeking to preserve the Catholic sense of Scripture, we provide orthodox biblical commentary in a readable format, faithful to Catholic doctrine and obedient to the magisterium of the Church.

 

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Bible Study and more.

www.journeythroughscripture.com

Journey Through Scripture is the St. Paul Center’s dynamic parish-based Bible study program designed to help ordinary Catholics to grow in their knowledge of the Scriptures while deepening their understanding of the riches of our faith. For years we’ve been traveling all over the country (and sometimes the world) presenting live trainings and materials to get these studies into the hands of as many people as possible. Our desire is that the best Bible study in every town is a Catholic Bible study. That will continue. In fact, you can read all about how to arrange a live training in your parish or diocese below.

 

Dynamic Catholic

www.dynamiccatholic.com

Our mission is to serve you. We don’t know what brought you here, but we hope to keep you coming back by giving you exactly what you need right when you need it. There will be times when you know what you need. There’ll be other times when you don’t know what you need, but you know you need something. Whatever you are facing in your life, we are here for you.

Dynamic Catholic isn’t just a website. It’s a community, a movement, a group of people much like yourself who are trying to make sense of life and live the best life they can. You will quickly discover that Dynamic Catholic is different. When you call us, you are greeted by a member of our Mission team. These young men and women are passionate about helping you take the next step in your journey. You will find them helpful and hopeful. Help and hope. Everyone needs a little of each. That’s why we try to make everything we do here at Dynamic Catholic helpful and hopeful. It may sound simple, but they say genius is taking something complex and making it simple. You see, Dynamic Catholic started with a dream: to help ordinary people discover the genius of Catholicism.

 

Endow Groups

www.endowgroups.org

 

The Church is the mystical bride of Christ, a mother who spiritually nurtures and prepares the children of God. The role of living and transmitting this reality falls in particular to women. Women who have discovered their identity in Christ. And yet, very few apostolates and organizations uphold this reality as core to their mission or the mission of the Church. The absence of the Church's active involvement educating women has resulted in nearly 60 years of a distorted understanding of true feminism and the role of women as carriers of faith.

Endow is Different.

Endow brings women into small group communities that transmit the depth of our Catholic faith to awaken each participant's particular genius and ignite them as luminaries who heal, mother and prepare families and the world for the love of Christ.

 

Hearts Afire

www.shopmercy.org

The Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary is a religious community of consecrated priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church. In America, the members of the Congregation are perhaps best known for their work promoting the message of Divine Mercy from Stockbridge, Massachusetts. They are also known for their devotion to Mary Immaculate, dedication to praying for the poor souls in Purgatory, and active service to the Church.

Founded in Poland in 1673 by St. Stanislaus Papczynski, today the Marian Congregation has well over 500 priests and brothers who labor in 20 countries, including: the United States, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

The Marian Congregation is unique in that it has not only a Founder, St. Stanislaus, but also what the Marians call a “Renovator”: Lithuanian-born Blessed George Matulaitis. Blessed George is credited with saving the Marian Congregation from annihilation when he renovated and refounded it in 1910. Prior to the Renovation, the Marian Congregation had been reduced to just one member due to relentless persecution by Russian authorities. With the support of the Pope and bishops, Blessed George rewrote the Marians’ Constitutions, gathered new members, and unleashed the renovated Marian Congregation as a zealous army for Christ and the Church in the modern world. Today, they continue this tradition of spreading the message of God’s Divine Mercy to a world so in need of it.

 

Jeff Cavins’ “Bible Timeline” and more.

www.ascensionpress.com

The Great Adventure introduces Catholics to Scripture, equipping them with a basic biblical literacy. We are supported by an advisory board of Catholic leaders, and every Great Adventure Bible study has been granted the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, indicating that they are free from doctrinal or moral error.

Although its authors and instructors are well steeped in Catholic biblical scholarship, The Great Adventure is catechetical in nature and does not treat Scripture in a purely academic manner.

Given its catechetical and evangelistic nature, The Great Adventure focuses on the final form of the text, using what is often referred to as a canonical (or narrative) approach to Scripture. This is an approach emphasized in the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s 1993 document The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church.

The authors of The Great Adventure recognize and employ diverse methods of biblical interpretation to help discover both the human and divine aspects of Sacred Scripture. For the beginner to best understand the intentions of the human authors, whom God inspired, special attention is given to the historical circumstances, culture, and modes of writing (see Dei Verbum 12). As such, The Great Adventure always seeks to use history and its related fields of study to shed light on the biblical text.

 

Paulist Evangelization Ministries

www.pemdc.org

Reaching the Unreached in Faith

Who are the unreached in faith? They are your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. Some are even sitting next to you in the pew at mass. Often they feel hesitant to speak up but would be open to a friendly invitation – which is where we hope to help. There are three main groups of people we work to reach out to in our evangelization efforts. First, are Inactive Catholics, who fell away from the faith for any number of reasons. Many may still consider themselves Catholic but don’t have a parish home and thus only sporadically attend Mass. Second, are those who we call Seekers or Inquirers – seekers have fundamental questions about the meaning of human life and are open to learning more about the Catholic faith, if someone would just reach out to them in a sincere, credible, and appealing way. Third, are Catholics who while they do attend mass occasionally, lack a sense of deeper commitment or are not centered in a spirituality of discipleship. The New Evangelization seeks to inspire Catholics in a way that will bring their faith to new life.

We will help you reach them.

When Paulist Evangelization Ministry (PEM) adopted its new name and logo in 2009, PEM President Fr. Frank DeSiano, CSP, observed how fitting the name and logo are for our mission. “Paulist lines us up with the lineage of outreach that goes back to Fr. Isaac Hecker, the founder of the Paulist Fathers. Evangelization makes clear the purpose of our office. Ministries points to the various ways we try to move evangelization forward, through small groups, parish missions, prison ministry, the Internet, and video,” said Fr. DeSiano.

Our Resources

We offer a wide variety of resources to help your parish succeed in reaching out. We have programs aimed at Inactive Catholics and for welcoming Seekers to learn more about the Catholic faith. Neighbors Reaching Neighbors helps parishes invite both non-Catholics and Inactive Catholics to learn more about their parish family. A three-year parish renewal program called Living the Eucharist (Vive la Eucaristia), guides Catholics through a reflection on the Mass and its fundamental role in Catholic spirituality and life. Paulist Comprehensive Evangelization Training is a great resource for starting and training an evangelization team. The Faith Series booklets lead small groups on a journey of faith sharing and spiritual growth.

 

Paulist Press

www.paulistpress.com

The Paulist Press is a major component of the work of the Paulist Fathers, a society of missionary priests founded for and by Americans in 1858. Their leader, Fr. Isaac Hecker, sought a way to share the gospel of Jesus and the rich traditions of American Catholicism with the people of his time. He began by preaching missions and speaking in public lecture halls. These methods met with some successbut reached only a limited number of people. Fr. Hecker wanted to make contact with those who would never set foot in a church. So he turned to the printed word. The first product of his vision was a monthly publication, the Catholic World magazine. He wanted to create an intellectual journal for a growing Catholic population, and insisted that it be a first-class publication in format, quality, and style, equal if not superior to any secular magazine in the country. The Catholic World, later reconstituted as the New Catholic World, was to continue in existence for well over a century. Editors like Frs. Augustine Hewit, John J. Burke, James M. Gillis, and John B. Sheerin advanced the Paulist tradition of presenting a Catholic perspective on the important questions of the day. Although the circulation of the Catholic World quickly reached 10,000, Hecker foresaw the need to reach a wider audience who could not afford the price of a magazine. In 1866 he founded The Catholic Publication Society to produce four-page pamphlets that provided a succinct presentation of Catholic teaching . These could be sold across the nation for a penny apiece. Hecker also began a highly successful illustrated monthly for children. Its first issue appeared in October of 1870 as The Young Catholic, and within a year it was in the hands of 50,000 youthful readers.

 

relit: The Heart of Evangelization

www.relittraining.com

relit: The Heart of Evangelization forms and equips your core faithful theologically, spiritually, and practically so that they can be active evangelists in their own parish and beyond.

relit is a dynamic training program consisting of 18 DVD-based sessions, with insightful discussion questions and more found in the facilitator and participant guides - All of which can be offered as a weekend retreat! However, with a completely flexible implementation plan, you get to choose to offer the training over a weekend, 6-9 weeks, or 18 weeks. Plus, you only need just one small group of committed staff and parishioners to start - from three to thirty parishioners.

As the evangelistic training in relit is applicable across all your ministries and functions, there’s no need to reschedule studies, programs or formation you are currently presenting. In fact, relit will amplify, clarify and further enhance what you are already doing - giving strength to the renewal that has already begun.

Unleash your parish's potential

relit helps you take a step back to look at your parish life and ministries with a new lens, a renewed perspective.

You will learn how to take the good work you are already doing and discover how these ministries can be more effective.

Even seemingly everyday events, like offering coffee and donuts, can be transformed into opportunities to evangelize!

Reach more parishioners by meeting them where they are

You will learn practical approaches to effectively lead individuals closer to Christ.

By exploring such things as some people's obstacles to the faith and learning how others see God in their lives, you will gain the skills to help them grown in their faith.

 

RENEW International

www.renewintl.org

RENEW International fosters spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action.

RENEW International has over a 30-year record in revitalizing parish life in more than 150 dioceses in the United States, touching the lives of 25 million people through its ministry services. RENEW International has also reached many thousands outside the United States, having served people in 23 countries, across six continents and in 44 languages and dialects.

Structure and Canonical Status

RENEW International is a Roman Catholic ministry organization incorporated under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Newark. His Eminence Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D. is the Chairman of RENEW’s Corporate Board. RENEW International also has a 24-member advisory Board of Trustees.

On October 29, 2002, Archbishop John J. Myers, J.C.D, D.D., of Newark presented RENEW International with a Decree of Recognition officially recognizing RENEW International as a "private association of the faithful" under Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church. The Decree further states that, "The statutes of RENEW International have been reviewed and they are found to be in proper order."

Be My Witness series.

bemywitness.org/en/overview/

Evangelization matters! It is the Church’s mission, and it represents a special responsibility for leaders. How can leaders help baptized Catholics embrace their role in passing on the flame of faith and bringing Christ’s warmth and light to all?

RENEW International presents Be My Witness, a Christ-centered, Spirit-led approach to transforming parishes and forming disciples for the New Evangelization. Be My Witness draws its inspiration from The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis’ landmark document on evangelization.

Be My Witness gets the conversation started in the parish about the single most important topic facing our Church today--evangelization.

It gives parish leaders the process and tools to build an ever-widening circle of conversion and commitment in two integrated phases.

Phase 1 equips parish staff, leaders, and pastoral councils to lead mission-focused change.

Phase 2 engages and forms parishioners as missionary disciples, ready to become partners in the New Evangelization.

The results are the pastoral plans and motivation needed to transform the parish into a “center of constant missionary outreach.”

Available in Spanish as Sean mis testigos.

 

Why Catholic? series.

www.whycatholic.org/Renew/Index.nsf/vPages/WhyCathOV?OpenDocument

Catholics often face opportunities to share their faith with others, but lack the basic knowledge and confidence to do so. Why Catholic? has a rich scriptural and catechetical approach that gives a solid foundation for every Catholic to express their faith and be able to reach out to others in faith.

Offers a concrete approach to help adults deepen their Catholic faith and connect its teachings to their everyday lives.

·        Explores Catholic teaching with direct quotes from Catechism of the Catholic Church, scriptural references, and reflection questions

·        Covers four themes of Catholic beliefs, sacraments, morality, and prayer in 48 sessions

·        Occurs in a prayerful small community setting that is a supportive environment for evangelization and adult faith formation

Provides a total parish experience suited for…

·        small Christian communities

·        parish catechists

·        RCIA candidates

·        parents with children preparing for sacraments

·        families looking to deepen faith

Fosters the goals of Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, the landmark U.S. Bishops' pastoral plan for adult faith formation.

 

Walking with Purpose

www.walkingwithpurpose.com

At Walking with Purpose, we develop and deliver Bible studies to reach adult women, young adult women, and middle school girls.

Our Bible studies:

  • Present practical Biblical teachings consistent with Church doctrine;
  • Vary in length and depth to meet the needs of different women;
  • Utilize the Catechism of the Catholic Church as an additional resource;
  • Have received the imprimatur from Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore.

Walking with Purpose supports the use of our Bible studies in a variety of ways in order to lead hearts to Christ where He is found in Scripture. Today, Walking with Purpose is active in over 250 parishes in the United States, Europe, and Canada. Led by a passionate Board of Directors, advised by Chaplains, and supported by a dedicated staff, Walking with Purpose has helped more than 25,000 women deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ in the last year alone.

 

W.I.N.E. Women In the New Evangelization

www.catholicvineyard.com

In years of traveling the country and working with hundreds of Catholic women’s Bible studies and faith sharing groups, we saw beautifully talented, incredibly passionate and ridiculously busy women striving to provide an environment that allowed women to know and love Jesus Christ, an environment in which women could learn the truth about their dignity and vocation, an environment that allowed women to live their faith with confidence, with conviction and hope. What we noticed was that many women were doing much of the work themselves, and many were reinventing the wheel—and what woman has time for that?

Through much prayer, WINE: Women In the New Evangelization  emerged as the answer for busy women who found themselves on fire to lead other women in the Catholic faith, be that hosting a small group in their house or running a flourishing women’s ministry in their parish.

WINE: Women In the New Evangelization is about empowering women to work within their God-given gifts as women to nurture, heal and build up the body of Christ.

 

WOMEN OF GRACE

www.womenofgrace.com

Women of Grace® is a Catholic apostolate which began in 2003 as an outreach of Living His Life Abundantly®, Inc, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation. The mission of Women of Grace® is to transform the world one woman at a time by affirming women in their dignity and vocation as daughters of God and in their gift of authentic femininity™ through ongoing spiritual formation. Exploring all aspects of the "feminine genius," Women of Grace® promotes the dignity of woman, the gift of true womanhood, woman's fundamental call and mission in the world, and presents the Blessed Virgin Mary as the exemplar of all women.

Women of Grace® informs, instructs, and inspires women through its many outreaches including Women of Grace® radio and television programs, the Women of Grace® Study Program, the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women®, life-changing conferences and retreats, and a dynamic new, interactive website. This multi-faceted approach aids Women of Grace® in achieving its mission by encouraging every woman to discover how her feminine nature holds the key to real fulfillment and lasting peace.

 

WORD OF FIRE

www.wordonfire.org

Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a nonprofit global media apostolate that supports the work of Bishop Robert Barron and reaches millions of people to draw them into— or back to— the Catholic faith.

Word on Fire is evangelical; it proclaims Jesus Christ as the source of conversion and new life. Word on Fire is Catholic; it utilizes the tremendous resources of the Roman Catholic tradition—art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, theology, and the lives of the saints— in order to explain and interpret the event of Jesus Christ.

Word on Fire Catholic Ministries exists to draw people into the body of Christ, which is the Church, and thereby give them access to all the gifts that Jesus wants his people to enjoy. To be most effective in this mission, Word on Fire places an emphasis and urgency on the use of contemporary forms of media and innovative communication technologies.

 

 

Contact Us

Office for Evangelization
171 Clifton Avenue
Newark, NJ 07104

Phone: 973-497-4137
Fax: 973-497-4317

evangelization@rcan.org

 

The Archdiocese of Newark Office for Evangelization Mobile App (iFaithNJ) is packed with features to help you pray, learn, and interact with the Catholic community.

Available on iTunes and Google Play.