We Train, Equip, and Mobilize Catholics for the Urgent Work of Evangelization
But a person might ask, “How can lay people evangelize the Catholic faith so publicly? Isn’t that the job of priests and bishops?” The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Lay people also fulfill their prophetic mission by evangelization, ‘that is, the proclamation of Christ by word and the testimony of life.’ For lay people, ‘this evangelization acquires a specific property and peculiar efficacy because it is accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of the world’” (CCC 905). As a non-profit Catholic organization, St. Paul Street Evangelization works in cooperation and obedience to the Catholic Church and her Magisterium.
Armed with a simple sign, pamphlets and Rosaries, our evangelists take to the streets, going wherever people are gathered – on a street corner, at a festival, or even at a football game. Our teams always begin in prayer. Unlike some forms of street evangelization which seek to forcibly proselytize those passing by (for example, by yelling, displaying confrontational signs, or preaching loudly), we employ a non-confrontational method rooted in joy, maintaining a peaceful presence and evangelizing through conversation. Initial contact usually takes place by the offer of prayer or a free rosary.
In 2018 our board of directors discerned the need to found an institute in order to sustain the growth of our apostolate. The St. Paul Evangelization Institute oversees the development of St. Paul Street Evangelization as well as the St. Paul Society of Evangelists and the St. Paul School of Evangelization.
The St. Paul Evangelization Institute is composed of three apostolates:
St. Paul Street Evangelization
St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE) is a grassroots, non-profit organization, dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations by taking the Catholic Faith to the streets. Christ’s call to evangelize was made to every Catholic Christian, and the Second Vatican Council reiterated this need, urging each of the baptized to bring the Gospel, found fully in the Catholic Church, to a culture that has largely reverted to paganism. As an on-the-street Catholic evangelization organization, St. Paul Street Evangelization provides an avenue for people to share the Person of Jesus Christ and the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith with a hungry culture.
St. Paul School of Evangelization
The School of Evangelization was founded in 2018 as an answer to the great need to develop disciple-making disciples in the Catholic Church that go beyond the work of street evangelization. The school will have online and onsite components, and is launching in the fall of 2018.
St. Paul Society of Evangelists
The Society of Evangelists was founded in 2018 as a group of Catholic laymen who intend on creating a Society of Apostolic Life. The brothers will get their start as a private association of the faithful, and grow from there. By God’s grace they may one day be consecrated as religious brothers, or ordained to the service of the Church.