Proclaim ’15 was a national initiative of the Bishops of England and Wales launched in 2015 to support Parish Evangelisation, building missionary parishes.
Proclaim 15 website here Diocesan contact: Alex Heath
It was inspired by Pope Francis’ writings, especially The Joy of the Gospel, and has five parts, which include providing free parish small- group materials, and organising the first ever National Catholic Evangelisation Conference which took place in Birmingham on 11 July 2015, for 800 evangelisation representatives from across England and Wales.
A link to Pope Francis' message to the Conference is here.
Teresa Brown reports:
"35 delegates from Northampton diocese, including the
Diocesan Evangelisation Team, joined over 800 delegates from across the
dioceses of England and Wales for Proclaim ‘15, a historic conference on
evangelisation which took place in Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 11th
It was an inspiring and well organised day, with an impressive
line-up of speakers including Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop Bernard
Longley, Mrs Michelle Moran and Rev Nicky Gumbel.
Greetings from the Archbishop
of Canterbury, Justin Welby were read out, and Nicky Gumbel’s repeated praise
for Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium
gave the impression that Catholics were now leaders in the field of
Each delegate attended three workshops, one of which had to
be “How to make prayer the foundation of your missionary parish”. This was led
by the Bishop of Brentwood, Alan Williams, with the help of Kate Wilson from St
Thomas More parish in Towcester, who shared her testimony of how the parish had
developed, following the years of faithful and persistent prayers by a very
small group of people.
All the workshops were given by experts whose practical
knowledge and wisdom presented a range of ways that a parish can begin to
become more missionary. They also equipped us to respond individually to those
whom Cardinal Vincent asked us to look out for –– our colleagues, the curious
and those who cry for help. (Another version of the three “C”s!)
Our own Bishop Peter Doyle was among the bishops and priests
concelebrating the Eucharist at the end of the day, by which time there was a
great sense of belonging to a Church that was vibrant and ready for action.
15 has helped to equip, motivate and activate local parishes in every diocese,
to become the missionary disciples that Pope Francis has called us to be. The
materials from this day will be freely available online, by Home Mission
Sunday. The church in this country will
not be the same from now on, and once we accept the challenge to build
missionary parishes, we should expect to see the transformation of society in
every village, town and city. What a day! "
(Photos from the Catholic Church in England & Wales Flickr stream, taken by Marcel Mazur)
An official Press-Release report is here.
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Proclaim '15 is for everyone, we are all invited to get involved in what is a significant new step in service of the proclamation of the Gospel in our own areas. Start now, with this Proclaim 15 Prayer:
Proclaim ’15: Prayer For Individuals And Parishes
You so loved the world that you sent us your only Son,
that we might believe in him and have eternal life.
May we encounter Jesus Christ anew this day
and live the Good News with joy.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
help us to “go out to the whole world and proclaim”
our faith with confidence.
Give us the courage to witness to the Joy of the Gospel
by our words and actions.
Help our parish to become more welcoming and missionary,
so that you may be known and loved by all people.
We make this prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God for ever and ever,
Our Lady, Star of the New Evangelisation,
Pray for us.Blessed John Henry Newman, Pray for us.
St Thérèse of Lisieux, Pray for us.