Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation. Mark 16:15
The Lafayette Catholic School System, centered on Jesus Christ, educates the whole person in a culture that is:
This first installment of a series of articles further exploring the LCSS Mission will further discuss the term “Gospel Witness” and how it helps inform our mission and form our students.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in its publication “Renewing Christian Witness,” (n.d.) declares that,
The New Evangelization calls the Church to spread the Gospel with new energy—to bring the joy of the Good News of Jesus Christ to a world in desperate need of authentic hope. At its heart, the New Evangelization invites an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to enliven the Church—especially in the young. The New Evangelization emanates from the ancient and apostolic faith of the Church, yet aims to reinvigorate this tradition by finding fresh, imaginative, and effective ways to help people hear and respond to the Gospel.
The USCCB goes on to remind us all of the importance of Catholic schools in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ,
Catholic schools are at the very heart of the New Evangelization. They are instruments of grace, sacred places where the Gospel comes alive daily—and where children and families encounter (and, not infrequently, re-engage) the faith. (“Renewing Christian Witness,” n.d.)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Renewing Christian Witness, Reflections on Catholic Schools as Instruments of the New Evangelization, Washington, D.C.
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Synod of Bishops. (2012). The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith – Instrumentum Laboris. Vatican City.
Miller, J.M. (2006). The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press.
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Code of Canon Law, c. 793 – 821. (1983). The Code of Canon Law: Latin-English Edition. Washington, DC: Canon Law Society of America.