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Diocese launches ‘Go Make Disciples’
Written by John Joy, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, May. 28, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
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"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,   baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."
Matthew 28: 19-20

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison, under the leadership of Bishop Donald J. Hying, is launching a bold new initiative called "Go Make Disciples" in order to renew our commitment to the mission of evangelization.

One part of this initiative includes the addition of two new regular pages in the Catholic Herald, one dedicated to evangelization and another to catechesis (see Pages 10 and 11).

Go make disciples

The last words Jesus spoke to his apostles before leaving this earth to ascend into heaven were to go out into the whole world and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20).

And since Pentecost Sunday in the year A.D. 30 or 33, that's what the apostles and their successors have been doing throughout the ages. As modern-day followers of Jesus Christ, the same mission is entrusted to us.

As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Madison, which we will celebrate in 2021, Bishop Hying is calling all of us in this beautiful diocese to answer that call in a new and deeper way by re-committing ourselves to the life-giving mission of evangelization, that is, to proclaim -- by our words and by the testimony of our lives -- the reality and the love of Jesus Christ and the gift of salvation offered to us through faith in Him.

Four phases

As Bishop Hying mentioned in his column last week, the plan is to roll out a new wave of evangelistic zeal in four phases. Phase One is officially underway as of May 31 (Pentecost), with a focus on the deeper formation of our priests and lay leadership at every parish.

Phase Two begins this coming Advent with a focus on the deeper formation of all active Catholics.

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Mission to evangelize world is more urgent
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, May. 28, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

Note: Bishop Donald J. Hying is serializing his Pastoral Letter on the new Evangelization Initiative being launched in the Diocese of Madison. This is the first part of that letter.

Jesus Christ died for you. For you, the person receiving these words, God -- the Eternal Creator -- became a human being, entered into the messiness of humanity, lived, worked, loved, and prayed with those around him, and at the end of a young life, was unjustly condemned, cruelly tortured, and died as a criminal on a cross.

He did it for you.

Stop, even just for a second, and actually consider that.

You've likely heard it before -- maybe even a hundred or a thousand times -- but reconsider it; try to internalize it anew.

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Love Begins Here adjusts to pandemic
Written by Angela Curio, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, May. 28, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Eleven years ago, Love Begins Here (LBH) launched in the Diocese of Madison with week long, local mission trips for teens in middle school and high school.

This summer, LBH will continue its ministry to local communities but with an even more localized focus to accommodate gathering restrictions and social distancing guidelines.

Engage at parish level

"For those registered with the parishes, you are going to engage with Love Begins Here at the parish level," said Lindsay Finn, LBH Madison's director, on a YouTube video posted on May 16. "For those who are registered as Lost Sheep (those not registered through their parish), we will be in touch soon with plans."

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