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Symposium Defines Role of Catholic Universities as 'Authentic Agents of the New Evangelization'

10/23/2013 - 7:06 AM PST

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dedicated to discovering and teaching what is beautiful and true about the Catholic intellectual tradition. That’s what will inspire them.”

The symposium concluded with a roundtable discussion by Franciscan University faculty members Dr. Anne Hendershott, sociology; Dr. John Crosby, philosophy; Dr. Daniel Kuebler, biology; Dr. Michael Sirilla, theology; and Dr. John Bergsma, theology, and closing remarks by Dr. Daniel Kempton, vice president for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Scott Hahn on the New Evangelization:

Following the symposium, Dr. Scott Hahn, who holds the Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology in the New Evangelization at Franciscan University, gave a talk to students on the history and purpose of the new evangelization.

Hahn said the new evangelization is not a short-term policy, but a long-term mission for the Church. He traced the roots of the Church’s evangelical mission from the “model Christians and model evangelizers” St. Peter and St. Paul, to the first encyclical of Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei.

“The new evangelization is ‘new,’ not because the Church had suddenly stopped evangelizing for centuries,” said Hahn. He explained that when Pope John Paul II put the phrase into common usage in the 1980s, he made it very clear that the Church has always evangelized, and that will never cease.

“But what is so new about the new evangelization is not only that it calls for the efforts of every believer in Christ and every single institution of the Church, with no exceptions, no exemptions, but that it also is intended to target those who have suffered the loss of faith,” Hahn said.

Elaborating, he said, “John Paul distinguished two forms of evangelization. The first form he identified as primary, and that is precisely what the Church has been doing for peoples who have never heard of the Gospel or encountered Jesus. It’s an unbroken record of 2,000 years of priests, religious, missionaries, societies, and martyrs. But a second evangelization, or a re-evangelization, is precisely what is required wherever Christians have lost a living sense of the faith and no longer consider themselves as living members of Christ’s mystical body.”

Hahn’s talk, and most of the presentations from the Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization Symposium can be watched in their entirety at, where you can also view Father Sheridan’s October 10 inaugural address.


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