Pope Francis’ Effort to Revitalize Catholic Mission
Issued at the outset of his pontificate, Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (2013) called for a missionary reform of the church and indicated key directions this reform should take. In the course of the next years in hundreds of speeches and addresses, Francis further clarified his thinking on mission and on the changes needed to revitalize it: all the baptized need to be awakened to their calling, spiritually regenerated, shown the expansive and world-transforming nature of their task, and guided to avoid common counter-missionary attitudes and practices. The lecture will explore these topics and offer a framework for understanding the new direction of Catholic mission.
Dr. William P. Gregory is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, where he has taught since 2008. He teaches and researches in the areas of the theology of mission, intellectual challenges to religious faith, and Western culture as a context for Christian mission.He is an associate editor of Missiology: An International Review and past president of the Association of Professors of Mission.
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Rev. Roger Schroeder, SVD
Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Professor of Mission and Culture
Chair of the World Mission Committee at CTU