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Bishop Barry C. Knestout Speaks on Evangelization at Diocesan Summit

January 30, 2019

Bishop Barry C. Knestout told more than 60 participants in a diocesan evangelization summit that “Encounter the Joy of the Gospel and Set the World Ablaze” will serve as an important part of spiritual preparation for the Diocese of Richmond’s bicentennial in 2020.

He said that in reflecting about what could be done in that regard, he looked at the plan that had been developed.

“What is a good spiritual, practical celebration for our anniversary?” he said during the summit, Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Pastoral Center. “Reviewing what has occurred, here was this evangelization plan. We can adapt or adjust it as needed.”

“Encounter the Joy of the Gospel” was issued in 2014 as a multi-step evangelization program for the diocese.

Bishop Knestout noted that in undertaking the New Evangelization, the Catholic community already had its mission.

“We don’t have to figure out a new mission. It was given to us by Christ. The New Evangelization involves a new ardor, new energy, new initiatives and efforts. How do we best bring the Good News to bear on that circumstance so it is transformative. So others can benefit from it.”

The gathering, organized by the Office for Evangelization, featured representatives of national evangelization organizations: James Carrano of Evangelical Catholic; Eileen Piper of FOCUS; Matt Rudolph of Amazing Parish; and Jonathan Lewis, assistant secretary for pastoral ministry from the Archdiocese of Washington who participated in the October Synod of Bishops on Youth.