INSTITUTE FOR EVANGELIZATION
Who We Are
The Office of Parish Renewal exists to help parishes nurture a Christ-centered culture of evangelization and discipleship and build the healthy, mission-focused leadership structures that sustain it. In this way, the theological, sacramental, and catechetical underpinnings of parish life are magnified.
What We Do
We do this through “Emmaus Teams,” named after the disciples whom Jesus accompanied on the road to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-35). Comprised of two individuals gifted in the arts of evangelization and organizational health, each Emmaus Team is assigned to work with a specific set of parishes and is grounded in the value of personal relationships and authentic accompaniment.
How We Do It
Through these Emmaus Teams, every pastorate in the Archdiocese will find individualized support for their efforts to cultivate a culture of discipleship and bear fruit in disciple-making through the six Core Mission Priorities:
The Office of Parish Renewal accompanies parish leaders by providing facilitated discussions, training, and formation designed to:
Examples of topics for these discussions, training, and formation might include:
The Office Parish Renewal collaborates closely with all of the offices in the Catholic Center, especially other offices in the Institute for Evangelization and the offices of Black Catholic Ministry and Hispanic Ministry, to provide holistic and seamless support for parish renewal in diverse missional contexts.