Category Archives: evangelization

Aparecida 206-208: Some Expectations of Deacons

The CELAM bishops have a high regard for their deacons. The bar is set high. First, no lone rangers. These ministers are expected to cultivate ties with companions in ministry, especially other clergy:  206. Each permanent deacon must carefully cultivate … Continue reading

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Aparecida 205: Deacons

Let’s have a look at the permanent diaconate:  205. Some disciples and missionaries of the Lord are called to serve the Church as permanent deacons. Most of them are enhanced by the twofold sacramentality of Matrimony and Holy Orders. They … Continue reading

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Aparecida 204: The Domestic Church

In order for this vision of the domestic Church to exist, we must form parents. 204. Within the parish boundaries, the Christian family is the first and most basic ecclesial community. That is where the fundamental values of Christian life … Continue reading

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Aparecida 203: Beyond Bureaucracy

The Aparecida bishops suggest the primary mission of a parish pastoral council. And it’s not how often the grass gets cut: 203. A parish, community of missionary disciples, needs committees that move beyond any sort of bureaucracy. Parish Pastoral Councils … Continue reading

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Aparecida 202: Lay People Also Responsible

Notice a shift begins here from paragraph 201: we’re now highlighting how the laity are expected to engage a personal responsibility for mission: 202. But the commitment of the priest and communities of religious is clearly not enough. All lay … Continue reading

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Aparecida 201: Renewal, Not Maintenance

Paragraphs 201 through 204 address Pastors, inspirers of a community of missionary disciples. This is something which most pastors of North America might agree: we need to inspire people; we need to form intentional disciples. The sad truth is that administrative … Continue reading

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Aparecida 199-200: Priests As Disciples, Missionaries, Servants

A summary of the three aspects of ministry expected of clergy: 199. The People of God feel the need for disciple-priests: those who have a deep experience of God, are configured to the heart of the Good Shepherd, docile to … Continue reading

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