Qualities of an Effective Mission Leader

The act of participating in missions — of working to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all nations on the earth — is one of great weight. It is a coming alongside the Church in what St. John Paul II calls her “supreme duty” (Encyclical Letter “On the Permanent Validity of the Church’s Missionary Mandate,” Redemptoris missio 3). This means that there is nothing more worthwhile for the Church, and therefore us, members of the Church, to do than to tell people about Jesus! Those who are called not only to catechize and evangelize, but also in a special way to lead missions, are responding in a remarkable way to God’s call in their lives. There are also a great many fears that can accompany such a call. In this workshop, we’ll contemplate what it means to receive a call to lead a mission and to grow in understanding, appreciation, and commitment in response to this call.  This workshop has been developed by the Catechetical Institute in partnership with Ad Gentes Mission, an organization dedicated to the work of training, preparing and supporting those called to mission in the Catholic Church.  

Workshop Presenter

Fr. Michael Shields was born and raised in Talkeetna, Alaska.  After his ordination to the priesthood, he served throughout the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska for fifteen years. At a forty-... Read more

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