Background

Proclaim '15 - A National Evangelisation Initiative

12/12/2014 6:25 pm

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, introduces this key evangelisation initiative with a letter to parishes.

My Dear Friends,

In 2015 a significant evangelisation initiative called Proclaim ’15 was launched to support, inspire and encourage new expressions of parish evangelisation. A project of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, it was designed to affirm the good work that is already being done by the Catholic community, and to provide resources and events to profile and develop new expressions of Catholic joy and missionary outreach.

Proclaim ’15 has five parts:

1. PREPARATION
Parish small group sessions – three evangelisation-themed sessions.

2. PRAYER
Network of prayer vigils - parishes were invited to host an evening of prayer on 11 July 2015.

3. EVENT
A National Catholic Evangelisation Conference took place on 11 July 2015 in Birmingham for 850 evangelisation representatives from across England and Wales. There is a quota of places allocated to each diocese, with live streaming also being explored to potentially enable every member of the Catholic community to participate.

4. LEGACY
Local events - templates have been provided to enable dioceses, deaneries and parishes to have their own Proclaim ’15 gatherings.

5. RESOURCES
New Evangelisation resources have been made available as a fruit of the National Conference to equip parish evangelisation.

Proclaim ’15 has a practical and ‘how to’ focus because while there is enthusiasm within the Catholic community to share confidently and joyfully our Faith, it can at times be hard to discern where to begin. This initiative aims to address that difficulty and is inspired by Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, in which he writes:

“I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelisation marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”

Accompanying this cover letter is a booklet summarising the content of Proclaim ’15, including an invitation to get involved so that together we can discover, and perhaps rediscover, ways of joyfully sharing our faith as missionary disciples. Please do use and share it with those who may play a role in developing evangelisation locally.

Thank you in advance for your support and please do remember this initiative in your prayers.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster

“I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelisation marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

Contact

Clare Ward
Home Mission Desk

Download

Proclaim Resources - An Overview For Parishes

proc-overview-for-parishes-dept-report-appendix-160316.pdf 581.80 kB

The Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis report on Proclaim 15 detailing the legacy of this initiative beyond its launch year and this booklet aims to provide a snapshot of the materials now available.

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Parish Booklet

parish-booklet-proc15c.pdf 4.17 MB

An eight-page PDF parish booklet giving you full details of the Proclaim '15 evangelisation initiative. 

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Cardinal's Letter

cardinal-letter-proc15.pdf 663.89 kB

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, introduces the Bishops' Conference Proclaim '15 evangelisation initiative.