Diocese of Brooklyn Welcomes RENEW International
Program of Spiritual Renewal
RENEW International has been tapped by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to offer ARISE Together in Christ throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn as the centerpiece of its evangelization efforts. ARISE is a comprehensive process of spiritual renewal, and all parishes will have the opportunity to participate.
The groundwork has been laid over the past several months. With the bishop’s blessing, clergy, staff, and RENEW International team members have collaborated to plan this effort.
Bishop DiMarzio remarked, “RENEW’s process represents a timely and well-suited response to Pope Francis’ call for a new evangelization. It provides an excellent means for bringing together clergy, parishioners, and all members of our Catholic community in an endeavor centered on the loving and healing message of Jesus Christ.”
ARISE Together in Christ offers a total renewal experience for the parish that fosters creating an evangelizing climate in the parish. Basic to the process is the establishment of parish small groups of eight to twelve people meeting weekly to reflect and share on Scripture, and encourage each other into active discipleship. Groups will meet during 5 six-week seasons, with the first starting in fall 2016. Each of these seasons has a major gospel theme that is broken down into weekly themes and experienced in a variety of ways.
The Diocese of Brooklyn's New Evangelization Television (NET) reports on RENEW's
ARISE program in the parishes of Brooklyn and Queens.
The plan calls for RENEW International pastoral representatives to train local parish leadership during a preparation period in beginning with information sessions in fall 2015 and continuing with on-site workshops in the diocese during spring 2016. These leaders will in turn, invite, prepare, and train the lay leaders who will shepherd the process within the parishes. Participant materials and pastoral support will be offered in Spanish as LEVÁNTATE. Unámonos en Cristo and in Haitian Creole: LEVE KANPE ak Jezi Kri in addition to English.
Theodore Musco, Executive Director, School of Evangelization, has been appointed as the diocesan coordinator to lead the initiative for the local Church. “I am confident that this process will provide a powerful and unifying source of spiritual renewal for parishes here in the diocese, and will be essential in our efforts to achieve the goals set forth in our evangelization and renewal springboard plan,” he commented.
About RENEW International
RENEW International is a canonically-recognized Catholic ministry organization based in Plainfield, NJ, in the Archdiocese of Newark. Four nearly four decades, RENEW International has revitalized parish life in more than 160 dioceses in the United States, as well as in 24 countries, across six continents.