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Come, Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth! Come with your seven gifts! Come, Spirit of Life, Spirit of Communion and Love! The Church and the world need you. Come, Holy Spirit, and make ever more fruitful the charisms you have bestowed on us. Give new strength and missionary zeal to these sons and daughters of yours who have gathered here. Open their hearts; renew their Christian commitment to the world. Make them courageous messengers of the Gospel, witnesses to the risen Jesus Christ, the Redeemer and Saviour of man. Strengthen their love and their fidelity to the Church."
Pope John Paul II May 30 1998


Of its nature the Church is missionary. Evangelization is the proper vocation of the Church.

Matthew 28:19-20
"It is not enough to discover Christ--you  must bring Him to others! The world today  is one great mission land, even in countries of long-standing Christian tradition."
Pope John Paul II


The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation ECCLESIA IN AFRICA of Pope John Paul II quotes Proposition 40 of the Synod: "United to Jesus Christ by their witness in Africa, Catholics are invited to develop an ecumenical dialogue with all their baptised brothers and sisters of other Christian denominations, in order that the unity for which Christ prayed may be achieved, and in order that their service to the peoples of the continent may make the Gospel more credible in the eyes of those who are searching for God." (EA 65)

Web Evangelism

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JOINT DECLARATION ON JUSTIFICATION - The Catholic Church & The World Lutheran Federation
Common Statement
Annex to the Joint Declaration
Presentation of the Common Statement
by Edward Cardinal Cassidy
Responses of the Catholic Church to the Joint Declaration of The Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation On The Doctrine Of Justification
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Small Faith Sharing Communities (Home Cells)



Submit an article on one of these topics

  • The role of lay person in Christ's Great Commission?

  • How Can I Give My Life to Christ?

  • How Can I Deepen My Faith in Christ?

  • How Can I Lead Others to Christ?

  • Developing leadership amongst the laity.

  • Guidelines for Home Cells and Home Cell Leaders

  • Incorporating Praise and Worship into our Christian community meetings.


  • Renewal Journal New
    Index of journal articles. Extensive articles on wide ranging topics. Recommended reading.

  • Little Rock Scripture Study--Introduction
    "The Church forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful . . . to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ."
    Catechism of the Catholic Church, 133
    Reflective study of God’s saving Word is at the heart of Christian life. As the new millennium draws near we are challenged to turn to the Bible to effectively bring about a new age of evangelization. Scripture study in every parish will form a sure foundation for personal growth in faith, renewed parish life, and outreach to others-essential marks of an evangelizing community.

Resources from Catherine of Siena Institute


  • Called & Gifted Workshop Brochure PDF
    The Institute's program to teach lay Catholics about their role in the Church and its mission to the world. See also their
    workshops page. Can also be ordered locally in South Africa. To see when the next workshop will be run in South Africa please visit our "events" page.
  • Being a Lay Catholic: the Call & the Challenge brochure PDF
    See also their
    workshops page.
  • Discerning on Your Feet: Navigating Life's Moral Complexity PDF See also their workshops page.


  • "The role of the parish in the new evangelization," Fr. Robert Christian, O.P. PDF Article from their spring 1998 newsletter, to be downloaded separately.
  • Charisms of the Holy Spirit FAQ PDF See also their online FAQ.
  • Spiritual Gifts Discernment Program FAQ PDF See also their online FAQ.
  • Collaboration with the Laity, Fr. Michael Sweeney, O.P. Text PDF
    According to Pope John Paul II and the Second Vatican Council, the proper role of lay men and women in the Church is a collaborative one: by virtue of baptism and confirmation, all Catholics are called to bring Christ into every human situation and to be co-responsible for this work of the Church in the world. Fr. Michael takes a look at what work needs to be done toward the Christian formation of the lay faithful before this goal can be reached.
  • Government in the Church, Fr. Michael Sweeney, O.P. Text PDF
    A look at the implications for the Church's government and for parish life of Church teaching about the role of the lay faithful.
  • In the beginning: the unlikely adventures of the Catherine of Siena Institute, Sherry Weddell and Fr. Michael Sweeney, O.P. Text
    PDF What do you get when you mix a shoestring with some midnight oil, then spice it with a daring, last-minute rescue? Find out in this illustrated account!
  • Pope John Paul II speaks on charisms Text From a 1994 general audience.
  • The strategic role of lay Catholics in the Dominican mission, Sherry Weddell Text PDF What can Dominican parishes (and all Catholics) learn from the experience of evangelical Protestants in mobilizing their laity for the work of the Church?
  • Dominican freedom and responsibility: towards a spirituality of government, Most Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. Link A letter on governance written to the whole Dominican Order, by Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., Master General.
  • The Sword of the Spirit
    Articles and Books on Christian Community


  • Lay Renewal Ministries - a Diocesan lay ministry fulfilling the directive to lay persons to become active in the Church and the World as set out in Encyclical Christifideles Laici Under construction


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