Colloquium 2013

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On Friday 16th & Saturday 17th August CREDO will hold its 5th Colloquium on the New Evangelisation at the Catholic Centre, Lidcombe. For the content outline, click here.

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The Power of the Message: The kerygma for the New Evangelisation

"...the Church evangelises when she seeks to convert, solely through the divine power of the message she proclaims..." (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi).

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colloquium-graphic-animated-gif-low-res 1Has the crisis of faith in our culture been caused by a diminishment in the relevance and power of the Gospel message? If so, how do we explain the transformation we observe when a person chooses faith? The reordering of priorities, change in behaviour and felt inner freedom that characterises conversion points to a power that is still active; a power that goes beyond our talents, our efforts and our innovations. This is the power of the kerygma.

Proposition 9 from last year’s Synod on The New Evangelisation recommended that we understand and educate ourselves in the kerygma in order to be effective evangelisers.

In this Year of Faith, CREDO’s 5th Colloquium will seek to understand the continuing power of the kerygma to bring people to a decision of faith, explore the presentation of the kerygma to the contemporary mind, and discuss the application of the kerygma to the work of our parishes, schools, families, and communities.

Keynote Speaker:

Fr Gerard Kelly (UK) BSc, MTh, STL

Fr Gerard was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Liverpool, UK in 1994. After two years of parish duties he was released by his Bishop to work for an English evangelisation group known as Sion Community which works in parishes and schools in the UK and further afield.fr gerard pic

In the year 2000 Fr Gerard was elected president of Sion Community, an office he held for ten years.  In September 2010 he began a course of studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, USA. This two-year course led to a licentiate degree in the New Evangelisation (a specialisation unique in the world to this particular seminary).

Fr Gerard’s ministry of preaching and teaching is now much in demand following the establishment of a pontifical council in the Vatican for the New Evangelisation, and in the wake of the recent synod of bishops in Rome on the New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.