San Angelo to begin Be My Witness
The Diocese of San Angelo will be the first in the country to launch RENEW International’s newest program developed to bolster parish evangelization. Entitled Be My Witness: Formation for the New Evangelization, this process draws its inspiration from Pope Francis’ landmark document on evangelization, The Joy of the Gospel. The entire process is designed to develop vibrant parishes that are “centers of constant missionary outreach.”
RENEW’s pastoral staff will travel to the diocese later this month to train parish leaders for Phase 1 of Be My Witness. This first phase equips pastors, parish staff, and lay leaders to assess, discuss, and address five key areas of focus for evangelizing parishes: enhancing Sunday worship, creating a welcoming environment, fostering a sense of belonging, witnessing to faith, and reaching out in a spirit of mission. In addition to local trainings, parish leaders will be guided through these important topics by means of on-demand video learning videos, a leader’s guidebook, the RENEW Parish Assessment, online resources, and ongoing pastoral support by RENEW’s staff.
Beginning in fall 2016, Phase 2 will build an ever-widening circle of commitment to the evangelizing mission of the parish. This next phase of Be My Witness invites parishioners to take part in a small-group effort to develop the attitudes and behaviors of what the pope calls “missionary disciples.” The small-group model and RENEW’s video and print resources encourage participants to evangelize in everyday life and lend their energy to parish outreach.
To attend an informational webinar to learn more about Be My Witness,
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Bishop Michael Sis of the Diocese of San Angelo sees Be My Witness as a great opportunity to “tune parishes into a missionary key.” Watch Bishop Sis speaking about this initiative.