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Diocese hosts new evangelization summit, Oct. 17-18

By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff reporter
(Email Katie)


The new evangelization is a well-talked about topic.

At the New Evangelization Summit, hosted by the Diocese of Sioux City, people will learn more about the new evangelization and how to evangelize.

The first night of the summit, Oct. 17, will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Michael’s in Sioux City with Ralph Martin as the speaker. On Oct. 18, the summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at King’s Pointe in Storm Lake with Lloyd and Nancy Greenhaw as the speakers.

Anyone, lay and clergy, is encouraged to attend the summit on one or both days, said Sean Martin, diocesan director of new evangelization, catechesis and family life.

“This conference is for all of us, not to just talk about the new evangelization, but to begin to learn practical ways to evangelize in our parishes, schools and communities,” he said. “Ralph Martin is going to speak on the new evangelization and the next day Lloyd and Nancy Greenhaw’s presentations are based off their work.”

Linsey Hoard, assistant diocesan director of youth catechesis and evangelization, acknowledged there is talk about the necessity of the new evangelization and “as a lofty idea. We talk about what evangelization is a lot, but we don’t always talk about the how to. This (the summit) is learning how to evangelize in everyday life.”

Fred Shellabarger, assistant diocesan director of adult catechesis and family life, compared wanting to know more about the Gospel and the “one who gave it to us” to a couple in love wanting to continue to know more about each other.

“We should be so in love with Christ that we are motivated to want to know more about him, to know him more fully,” he said.

The summit, Shellabarger said, can help to accomplish “a greater falling in love with Jesus, if you will, such that those who come will want to share this love and this joy with others.”

Shellabarger said in many ways, the new evangelization “is the lifeblood of the church and in many ways, the heart is the joy of the Gospel. If we believe what we profess then this should bring us great joy.”

“We have begun talking about the new evangelization for the past several years in our diocese in particular,” said Sean Martin. “Pope John Paul II called for it in 1979. We really want to focus on how do we evangelize? How do we participate in the new evangelization? What is it?”

New Evangelization

Ralph Martin, S.T.D., is the director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Archdiocese of Detroit. He is also the president of Renewal Ministries and host of the weekly TV program, The Choices We Face distributed by EWTN.

“Ralph was recently invited to be a consulter for the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization at the Vatican,” said Sean Martin.

Ralph Martin is the author of a number of books, the most recent of which are The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call; The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints, and Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization.

During his presentation on Oct. 17, Ralph Martin has been asked to speak on the new evangelization.

“I hope to shed light on exactly what this is and why it is important for every Catholic,” he said. “People’s eternal destinies depend on them being in a right relationship with God. That’s what evangelization is all about. That’s why it’s so important.”

Ralph Martin said he looks forward to being in the Diocese of Sioux City for almost a whole week. He will give a series of talks to the priests and then the diocesan staff before speaking at the summit.

Country Coordinators

Lloyd and Nancy Greenhaw of Renewal Ministries will be the presenters on Oct. 18 in Storm Lake.

In April of 1991, the couple decided to leave successful careers in order to serve the church in the full-time ministry of Catholic evangelization. As country coordinators for Renewal Ministries they have led numerous outreaches to several African countries as well as Turkey, Haiti, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.

“We coordinate with the bishops and clergy in the countries we work in to plan events and teaching and then present a budget for the requested programs to Renewal Ministries for their approval,” said Lloyd. “When we go to a country we submit a report to Renewal Ministries of our activities and what God has done.”

The couple will give a “clear” presentation of the basic Gospel message and talk on power evangelism and then give the participants the opportunity to present to one another, explained Lloyd. 

They will also talk on giving a personal witness and once again “practicing” on one another, noted Nancy. There will be time for questions during each session.

The cost for Oct. 17 is $5 and for Oct. 18 is $25, which includes lunch. Registrations are encouraged for Friday night, but not required – payment will be accepted at the door. The deadline to register for Saturday is Oct. 10.

For more information about the summit, contact Sean Martin at (712) 233-7516 or seanm@scdiocese.org.
More information about Renewal Ministries is available at www.renewalministries.net.

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