September 2014 Evangelization Exchange – Smith

Apostles on Mission

By Emily Smith, PEM Marketing and Communications Associate

CAC DCCatholicLast week was the second class of the initiative: From Practicing Catholics to Apostles on Mission. The initiative was created by the Catholic Apostolate Center in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Washington’s Office of Young Adult Ministry The initiative’s main goals are to “assist young adults in recognizing the call to be active in their faith, discern how God is calling each person to use their unique talents and gifts, and support young adults in putting their talents and gifts into practice by creating a new evangelization start-up (apostolate), to do something new for God.”

The first half of the program focuses on “Formation for the New Evangelization” through both online and on-site lectures and discussions. During the second half of the class, participants will form their own “Evangelization Start-Ups” to take the knowledge gained in the first half and apply it in a practical output.

I first heard about this program through the DC Catholic email for Young Adults and was immediately interested in signing up! As someone working in evangelization, this program seems like it will be a great way to learn more about practical evangelization and young adult ministry. I also am very interested in how we can help form lay Catholics to see themselves as disciples of Christ in today’s world.