The Evangelizing Parish

In a recent presentation at the National Federation of Priest's Councils in San Antonio Jesuit Fr.Allan F. Deck said that evangelization includes at least four fundamental components:

1. an encounter with the living God (ongoing conversion)
2. the inculturation of the gospel message
3. transformative action on behalf of justice and peace
4. ecumenism and interreligious dialogue

He said that the "key to a successful parish is precisely what it always was: creating the conditions whereby many diverse groups experience a sense of real belonging."

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