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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Forum gathers to boost home mission
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¬†Experts from across the British Isles and Ireland are gathering in Westminster Diocese this week for an unprecedented initiative aimed at developing mission at home. The theme of the Forum is "Changing Evangelisation ≠ Sharing Stories of Catholic initiative", and will see nearly 50 mission specialists from a wide variety of fields meet to share ideas and good practice. Father Philip Knights from the Catholic Agency to Support Evangelisation (CASE), one of the event organisers said: "People and groups involved in mission work often say that they feel alone and isolated. Central to CASE's core remit is supporting these individuals and communities through a variety of means. We really hope that this gathering will help enthuse and encourage those present to continue their work with renewed zeal and enthusiasm." Delegates will meet at All Saints Pastoral Centre, London Colney, Hertfordshire tomorrow and Wednesday, for a programme made up of group work, presentations, prayer and the celebration of the Mass. Participants will be invited to listen to one another and to explore the diverse means and methods which make up the face of contemporary Catholic evangelisation. Discussion topics covered will vary, from the future of traditional parish missions, to how to reach those on the fringes. Michelle Moran, Director of Ministry at the Sion Community, and said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to meet and learn from one another. There is so much work to be done and it is a tremendous boost to know that you are in communion with so many others who are trying to evangelise in their home communities." CASE has partnered with Building Bridges of Hope, an ecumenical initiative of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, to put the Forum on. One of the proposed outcomes will be the publication of a Directory of Evangelisation Initiatives in 2005. This will be a national resource aimed at helping all tiers of the Church identify and access mission resources. Source: CASE
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