Evangelization & Missionary Discipleship

Our Mission

The Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship serves parishes in their mission to bring people to and lead people in deepening encounters with Christ. It includes what was once considered the Office for Evangelization and the Office of Biblical Formation and still covers matters related to those offices  simply in a streamlined manner designed to meet parishes’ needs.

So, you may ask, what’s in a name, and how does it relate to our mission?

Evangelization happens in the way the faithful live God’s love everyday through support for one another, and is, essentially, the key moment of welcoming and sharing who Christ is. To evangelize also means to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to every human situation.

In terms of missionary discipleship, we look to Scripture and the Joy of the Gospel. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gives the mandate: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” And Jesus sends out the 72 in Luke 10:17. This “going forth” is what Pope Francis refers to in The Joy of the Gospel, when he states: “The Church which ‘goes forth’ is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice.” (par. 24).

As Christians, we encounter Jesus and transform the lives of others through service and sharing the faith. The office and its sectors focus on the ministry of renewal and inspiring missionary disciples who will help to support, build bonds and transform their parishes and broader communities as they encounter and deepen their own relationships with Christ. 

The combination of these two phrases makes the Office of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship an important office for the Archdiocese, and we take our role seriously as we support you in your efforts to bring the word of God to our local communities.