Education and Formation
The Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University exists to train and support the key catechists in any situation—priests, deacons, parents, or laity, whether professional or volunteer. Through conferences, online workshops, videos, audio, personal mentorship, and a wealth of resources produced by Franciscan University, all involved in the work of catechesis will find new ideas, new approaches, new techniques, and a new confidence to do the work of catechesis.
Catholic Answers is the largest Catholic apologetics and evangelization organization in North America. We are lay people devoting our full-time efforts to promoting the Catholic faith through books, booklets, tracts, This Rock magazine, tapes, and television and radio appearances.
Catholics Come Home, Inc. is an independent, non-profit Catholic apostolate that creates effective and compassion media messages and broadcasts them nationally and internationally, in order to inspire, educate and evangelize inactive Catholics and others, and invite them to live a deeper faith in Jesus Christ, in accord with the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
Pulling together the best in Catholic movies, children’s programming, audio dramas and books, we provide a trusted and engaging entertainment alternative in support of a Catholic lifestyle. Our Bible studies, sacramental prep materials, documentaries, books, and audio talks from leading Catholic experts will help you grow in understanding your faith.
Our primary goal is to better equip Christians with tools and information in order to assist the Catholic Church in re-evangelizing the world for Jesus Christ. Through resources such as our online bulletin board community, up-to-the minute blogging about New Evangelization teach the faith more clearly, more thoroughly, and more effectively, New Evangelizers will do all we can to help people better understand the Catholic Faith, put it to use in their daily lives, and share it with others.
Founded by Fr. Larry Richards, the mission of the foundation is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and His Church through MP3s, CDs, DVDs, and video tapes, and to make available Catholic speakers who are effective instruments of this evangelization.
The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology is a non-profit research and educational institute that promotes life-transforming Scripture study in the Catholic tradition. The Center serves clergy and laity, students and scholars, with research and study tools – from books and publications to multimedia and on-line programming.
St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE) is a grass roots, non-profit organization dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations by taking the Catholic Faith to the streets. Founded in May 2012, St. Paul Street Evangelization provides the tools and resources for Catholics to engage the culture in a simple, non-confrontational method of evangelization which involves making themselves available to the public to answer questions about the faith and to pray with those who request it.
The Theology of the Body Institute is dedicated to making the profound riches of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body accessible and applicable in the lives of men and women around the world through an array of outreach and educational offerings, including social media, podcasts, books, touring events, on-site speakers, conferences, courses, and more.
“We unleash the power of the gospel and equip ordained and lay leaders to rebuild the Church.” Acts XXIX helps dioceses establish a new team around the bishop to pray and vision a way forward. By working together, priests and the bishop discern the gifts of each priest, consolidate parishes so as to allow several priests with a range of gifts to live together in a healthy community life, and minister to the people in a way that makes the best use of everyone’s gifts.
“Alpha answers the call to the new evangelization. A 10-week course covering basic Christianity in a compelling and non-threatening way. Alpha brings people to an encounter with Jesus offering a relationship with him. The Papal Preacher is enthusiastic about Alpha for Catholics; see his video on our web page.”
A parish education program of the Western Dominican Province with the mandate of equipping lay Catholics for the New Evangelization proclaimed by the Holy Father.
ChristLife equips Catholics for the essential work of evangelization so that all people might personally encounter Jesus Christ and be transformed into Hos missionary disciples. Our ministry partners with members of the Church who are seeking to answer the Church’s call to evangelize through a proven method. ChristLife fulfills our mission by: (1) personally evangelizing in our communities, (2) producing resources for the ChristLife evangelization process, (3) presenting training events, (4) partnering with Catholics to build a network of evangelizers.
We form and train ministry leaders for the Church's mission of evangelization, especially on college campuses. We do this through conferences, on-site workshops, remote consultation, and by providing evangelization resources for small group bible studies.
Chris Stefanick dives into the everyday life of everyday Catholics, who are working, serving, building, and exploring the world with their faith at their side.
The 99 offers a three-session parish mission. The 99 Experience offers you a parish mission that appeals to your entire parish by combining a gorgeous cinematic presentation with the beauty and simplicity of the core message of the Gospel.
The mission of The Ministry of the Wild Goose is to invite men and women to an encounter, or a renewed encounter with Christ who perfectly reveals the love of the Father by the grace of the Holy Spirit. WILDGOOSE.TV is a new free streaming platform for a growing library of videos.
Casting Nets is a refreshing look at evangelization and catechesis. This is your resource for the New Evangelization. There are articles, Q & A (submit your own questions), a weekly radio show, and over 90 podcasts on evangelization.
Encounter Ministries exists to unleash the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in the world through teaching, equipping, and activating disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Encounter Ministries brings many people into a relationship with the Lord as they encounter miraculous healings of body, mind, and spirit, as well as prophetic utterances and the other charisms of the Holy Spirit.
The John Paul II Renewal Center shares the sacred meaning of human love and life contained in the teachings of Saint John Paul II, especially as presented in the Theology of the Body.
Renewal Ministries fosters renewal and evangelization in the Catholic Church by helping people both know the personal love of God in Jesus and grow in holiness. This includes a weekly television program, daily radio programs, young adult outreach, parish missions, seminars and conferences, mission work in more than 25 countries, and books, CDs, and DVDs. Our aim is to strengthen and equip Catholics for evangelization and ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Established in 2013, Amazing Parish holds national conferences designed to assist parishes gain a vision of greatness in the service of Christ. Amazing Parish also supports an informative website and provides free resources, webinars, and coaching/consulting services.
“We believe that there are three keys to parish renewal: the primacy of evangelization, the best of leadership principles, and the power of the Holy Spirit held together by the celebration of the Eucharist. Devine Renovation inspires and equips parishes to move from maintenance to mission. This is accomplished through events, resources, and hands-on coaching all designed to help parishes make and form missionary disciples. Our podcast and video series cover topics such as team building, prayer, preaching, sacraments, and ministry, all through the lens of moving from maintenance to mission. We help parish leaders uncover a vision to guide their ministries. These, along with our books, conferences, and speaking engagements will allow us to reach our ten-year goal to help 35,000 parishes bring 2,000,000 people to Jesus each year.”
Revive Parishes was founded with a singular goal: to transform parish leaders so that they can revive their parishes. This may sound simple, but it is certainly not easy — and this is where the Holy Spirit comes in. With God’s help, your hard work and perseverance, and a little help and coaching from those who have gone before you… anything is possible.
“Rebuilt began in a parish. A pastor and his colleague’s holy discontent brought about a new vision of renewal, and the result was profound parish growth and life change. The best-selling book Rebuild was their way to share their story and begin a movement. Rebuild is a comprehensive plan to help your parish fulfill the great commission. The Rebuild model is build on our Strategic Anchors: 1) Create and Exceptional Mass Experience; 2) Welcome Outsiders: and 3) Shape a Clear Discipleship Path. Our Resources, Conferences, Coaching and Consulting help you create a parish plan to make your parish grow further faster. Our field-tested methods have been successful in churches across the country. We are practitioners who work in a parish and know firsthand the challenges you face. With God’s grace, the Rebuilt model will help you grow weekend attendance, increase your offertory, attract volunteers, deepen the faith of your people, and lift the overall spirit of your parish.”
Marriage and Family
Chastity Project helps people discover why chastity makes you free to love.
Communio’s shared goal with a church is Christ- centered. Our objective is to help you bring more souls to Christ by evangelizing and discipling relationships and marriages. From the beginning, marriage has been central to God’s plan for humanity. Communio serves you to make marriage central to your church.
A Roman Catholic apostolate for men and women who experience same-sex attraction and those who love them.
To evangelize Catholic men on their faith journeys through one-to-one mentoring. To make people aware of Brother-to-Brother ministries and how forgiveness brings healing.
To instruct and disciple Catholic men to a deeper transformational relationship with Jesus Christ.
Fraternus is a Catholic brotherhood for all ages. For over a decade Fraternus has been recovering the lost art of mentoring, harnessing the power of brotherly men and fathers, and teaching the virtues rooted in Christ as the path to authentic manliness.
Women of Grace informs, instructs, and inspires women through its many outreaches.
Walking with Purpose is a Catholic women's ministry that develops Bible studies to reach adult women, young adult women, and girls.
Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, is a private association of the Christian faithful under the jurisdiction of the local ordinary (Canon 305.2). Its purpose is to help Catholic women to open more and more to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord and to impart the Holy Spirit to one another by their love, service and sharing the good news of salvation.
Catholic Familyland (also known as 'Apostolate for Family Consecration' or AFC) strives to help families get to Heaven. They host many events throughout the year: fun Catholic family vacations, family retreats, men's and women's silent retreats, marriage retreats, and more, along with providing multimedia faith formation resources for families, parishes and organizations and a free online catechism.
Cursillos in Christianity is a Movement which, by its own Method, attempts from within the Church, to give life to the essential Christian truths in the singularity, originality and creativity of the person. In discovering their potential and accepting their limitations, they will direct their freedom with their conviction, reinforce their will with decisiveness and direct their friendship with the virtue of constancy in their day-to-day life. Personally, and with others.” Introduction to Cursillo and its Method takes place through a weekend formation program enabling lay people to become effective apostles.
Provides personnel resources for retreats and spiritual programs, to act as a resource vehicle for religious organizations seeking retreat directors and presenters, to develop programs and retreats that embody the Third Order Regular’s values of ongoing conversion and reconciliation, and to explore ways of providing a greater availability of spiritual resources for those in need, including the underprivileged, the alienated, and the unchurched.
MRM forms Catholics for the new evangelization. We offer parish-based retreats and 3-day Schools of Evangelization which form the evangelized so they can evangelize others. Those we have formed have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to share Christ with others. If you or fellow parishioners want to be effective evangelists, contact us!
For additional information on the Office of Evangelization and Formation, please contact:
Sean Martin, Director