Catholicism: The New Evangelization Study Guide
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Author: Brandon Vogt (Written under the direction of Bishop Barron)
The Catholicism New Evangelization study program can be presented in six sessions (90 minutes each). Each DVD segment is 15-30 minutes long, leaving 60+ minutes for small group discussion
A brief description of the six lessons contained in the Catholicism New Evangelization study guide can be found below:
Lesson One: "Introduction"
"What is the New Evangelization?", "Why is it worthwhile?", and "How does one do it?" Father Barron explains how the concept of a "new" evangelization began to take shape in the second Vatican Council.
Lesson Two: "New Ardor"
New enthusiasm, new energy and renewal from Holy Spirit constitute "new ardor." Fr. Barron takes us behind the scenes at World Youth Day and shows us other energetic examples of new ardor. The deepest source of Christian ardor is the reality of the resurrection, which fuels us to actively reach out in love to others with the "Good News."
Lesson Three: "New Expressions--Part I
Lesson Four: "New Expressions--Part II
It's not an expression of a different truth, but the same truth proclaimed and lived by Christ, that we have to express in a different cultural setting. Fr. Barron explains why secularism is on the rise: Confusion about who and what God is; Trying to fill human longing for God with the temporal and materials things of this world; and Relativism that purports that there is no objective truth.
Lesson Five: "New Methods"
Fr. Barron calls for using the means and methods of our time to evangelize. In today's culture the Internet and social media plays a huge role. Fr. Barron encourages us all to use these new methods for the Lord. We all can give testimony to Christ by the methods we use to communicate and by how we live each day.
Lesson Six: "Faith in Action"
The New Evangelization Formation Program includes a sixth workshop-style session that guides participants in developing their own new evangelization action plan, either as individuals or as a Catholic group/parish. This section is based on selected clips from the interviews conducted for the series.
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