The newly relocated Institute of St. Anselm has just completed its first week in Rome. The Institute is now housed in part of the Carmelite centre at Ciampino, on the…
The Institute of St. Anselm's, an International Training Centre for formators, leaders and evangelisers, is relocating to Rome after 32 years of an exceptionally fruitful presence in Cliftonville, Kent, UK.
Promoting new and deeper evangelization through revitalization and utilization of Small Christian Communities (SCC) as a model of evangelization at the grassroots level is one of the goals of AMECEA 10-Year Pastoral Strategic Plan for 2014-2024. And among the strategies proposed towards the realization of this goal is the training of personnel to run SCC, develop material for use by SCC, creating desk and operation structure of SCC at national conference and Diocesan levels.
The workshop which brought together 35 members from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and AMECEA Secretariat was a learning forum for participants.
The Diocesan Pastoral Team of the Diocese of San Jose de Antique has started visiting parishes to help all the Parish Pastoral Councils in evaluating their Parish Five-Year Pastoral Plan.
Recently I had the opportunity to attend an unique Conference on Catholic Digital Communications at Fordham University. The participants were meeting the initiators and producers of two recent grand initiatives towards Evangelization in the Digital World. The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) started in January 2016 with publishing an inspiring monthly "Pope Video" (see www.thepopevideo.org) and in March 2016 it launched globally the Pope's official Prayer App titled "Click To Pray" (see www.clicktopray.org). The producers of these two projects of evangelization are really creative, professional and emphatic in their approach and methodology in order to reach the hearts and minds of especially young people. They are connecting prayer with the real world and encourage the development of a deep and personal relationship with Jesus. The motto of the "Click to Pray" app is "Together, we make each day different". "Click to Pray" encourages users to pray every day for the challenges facing humanity and the mission of the Church, as expressed by the Pope in his monthly prayer intentions. It proposes a rhythm of prayer three times a day: with Jesus in the morning, during the day, and at night. The vision of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network is to help people to be apostles of prayer in daily life through a spiritual path called "The Way of the Heart", which transforms their way of serving Christ's mission.