From the Franciscan University of Steubenville press release:
"Why evangelize? Why be a witness to Christ? Why let a passion for souls invade our hearts?” asked Dr. Ralph Martin at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s June 7-9 Catholic Charismatic Conference. “Because there really is a heaven, and there really is a hell, and it really matters if people believe and repent or not.”
Martin, the director of Graduate Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, explained that with the advent of the Second Vatican Council, the Church was challenged to take on an enormous aspect of the new evangelization: reaching out to fallen-away Catholics; Catholics who no longer know what sin is.
He continued, “We can have all kinds of activities and programs at our parishes, but if we’re not bringing people to conversion, to accept what happened to them at their baptism, we’re not really aiming at what the Catholic Church is all about.”
During the powerful weekend of keynote talks,workshops, testimonies, praise and worship, daily Mass, eucharistic adoration, and opportunities for confession, participants learned that to evangelize today, we must be “bold and steadfast.”
...Making a surprise appearance, Franciscan University’s president, Father Sean O.Sheridan, TOR, told the participants that though they may feel simply like ordinary people, “If you look at the Scriptures, God chooses ordinary people all the time to do these extraordinary tasks. Because faith,in its essence, is a gift: a gift God has given to each one of us. A gift that he asks us to share with other people.”
...Upcoming Franciscan University summer conferences include the St. John Bosco Conference for Catholic Educators (July 17-21), the Applied Biblical Studies Conference for anyone seeking a deeper knowledge and understanding of Scripture (July 24-26), and the Defending the Faith Conference, which focuses on Catholic apologetics (July 26-28).
For more information, including a complete list of conferences for adults and youth, visit www.franciscanconferences.com
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