Participation of lay people an important part of Church life and evangelisation

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Participation of lay people an important part of Church life and evangelisation

Archbishop Julian recently visited the Palavra Viva, or Living Word community in Curvelo, South East Brazil, where he delivered a series of lectures to 80 students on evangelisation.

The consecrated lay community began in 1995 and has a number of schools for evangelisation throughout South America.

Starting with just 11 people, the community has now grown and has 200 consecrated lay members, six houses in Brazil and 10 in Europe, including Switzerland, France and Italy.

In early 2015 the community will establish a house in Hobart, which will be its first community house in the Oceania region.

Part of the Palavra Viva or Living Word community’s ethos is “to preach the good news of the gospel - always fresh and current,” which it does through a combination of missionary weeks, retreats, formation meetings, outreach services, and online media.

The community also reaches young people through music, liturgy, and training from its School of Evangelisation gatherings.

Archbishop Julian said a new spirit of participation among lay people was an important movement within the Church.
“This mission school is one of a number that has grown up in the Church in recent years,” he said.

“One of the particular characteristics of these schools is that they are attended by lay people rather than priests or religious.

“This is a new phenomenon in the Church, [where] young people want to devote themselves to the work of evangelisation.”

At the completion of the evangelisation courses students go out on mission in parishes around Brazil.

Six consecrated members of the Palavra Viva community will be coming to Hobart next year to work in the area of evangelisation and are looking forward to immersing themselves in the local community.

Palavra Viva member Cassia Chiarini Sampaio said it was important to connect with a local community.

“After we come we want to meet locals [and visit] parishes,” she said.

“Through our course we learn it’s really important to study about the region.

“It is exciting.”

View more photos of Archbishop Julian's visit click here