Newman Theological College is pleased to announce the establishment of a new institute that aims to serve the New Evangelization by developing and offering innovative programs in faith formation and catechesis.
The Benedict XVI Institute is in part a response to the call of Archbishop Richard Smith, who identified faith formation as a key priority for the Archdiocese of Edmonton in his Pastoral Letters of September 2011 and September 2012. It also implements proposals of the XIII General Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.
Blessed Pope John Paul II first called for a “new evangelization” some 30 years ago, and encouraged renewed efforts in proclaiming the Gospel to all who seek the truth. This “new evangelization” would be “new in its ardour, method, and expression.”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI made the New Evangelization a central theme throughout his papacy, and so was a natural source for the name of the new institute. In his vision of the New Evangelization, Benedict XVI encouraged a particular outreach to baptized Christians who have heard about Christ, but for whom the Christian faith has lost its personal meaning and transformative power.
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