The Urgency of New Evangelization: Answering the Call

The nuts and bolts of embracing the “new evangelization” now

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, October 23, 2013 – Introduced by Blessed Pope John Paul II, then championed by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, the “New Evangelization” continues to be a concept urgently advocated by Pope Francis. But while the term has been around for years, many people still don’t know what it entails, exactly.

In his new book The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call, Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization, gives the faithful  a breakdown of what it is, how to engage in  it, and why it is to crucial to every Christian right now.

“Not just a churchy buzzword for priests and missionaries, the new evangelization is literally a matter of life or death for everyone in a person’s life,” says Martin.  He lays out an easy-to-adapt method for sharing the reality of Christ and the Gospel – for non-believers as well as those no longer practicing the faith.

Martin, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, states, “We’re saying ‘yes’ to the Popes’ and the Spirit’s call to participate in the ‘new evangelization.” His book shows readers the reasons for it, and how to carry it out effectively.

Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley stated, “We have here a very accessible resource that I hope will help awaken and engage the laity in embracing the full implications of their Baptism and Confirmation.”

“The book will be of particular value to the laity,” stated Colin Donovan, S.T.L. Chairman of the Theology Department at EWTN, “many of whom continue to believe that the duty to evangelize falls mainly on the clergy and religious.”

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For an interview with Ralph Martin, please contact Christine Valentine-Owsik at (215) 230-8095 or cowsik@osv.com

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About the Author

Ralph Martin holds a doctorate (S.T.D.) in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (the Angelicum) in Rome. He serves as the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. (www.shms.edu) He is also the founder and president of Renewal Ministries, a Catholic ministry devoted to renewal and evangelization. (www.renewalministries.net) He is the host of the long running EWTN television and radio program, The Choices We Face. A well-known author his most recent books are The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints, and Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization. He has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.