As baptized Catholics, we are all called to be a part of the New Evangelization - a renewal and deepening of our faith from which flows our deep desire to share the Good News in every way we live, work, and play.
Opening the Door of Faith: A Study Guide for Catechists and the New Evangelization is a practical and insightful guide to living the New Evangelization in our everyday lives.
Each chapter is rich with theological, catechetical, and pastoral principles: There are excellent discussion questions as well as space for personal reflection. The author has also included additional resources to allow readers to dig even deeper into the subject. Its ideal for small or large group study, or for catechetical study and reflection days.
Opening the Door of Faith: A Study Guide for Catechists and the New Evangelization is an excellent resource for any Catholic wishing to answer the call from Pope Benedict XVI and Blessed Pope John Paul II to witness to our faith in every area of our lives. It will be especially useful for pastors, catechists, teachers, religious education directors, RCIA leaders, and those reaching out to lapsed Catholics.
Dr. Jem Sullivan is an educator and author of two books from Our Sunday Visitor, Study Guide to the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults and The Beauty of Faith: Using Christian tart to Spread the Good News. She has served as catechetical consultant to diocesan catechetical and evangelization programs, and has designed and written catechist formation programs based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. She writes regularly on faith and culture for a variety of Catholic publications, including Magnificat. For over two decades, Dr. Sullivan has served as a catechist in adult faith formation and evangelization programs, as a high school teacher, and as a professor of undergraduate and graduate students.
The new evangelizers are called to walk first on this Way that is Christ, to make others know the beauty of the Gospel that gives life. And on this Way one never walks alone but in company, an experience of communion and brotherhood that is offered to all those we meet, to share with them our experience of Christ and of his Church. Thus testimony combined with proclamation can open the hearts of those who are seeking the truth so that they are able to arrive at the meaning of their own life.
- Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Mass for the New Evangelization, October 16, 2011