What does it mean to evangelize from a Catholic perspective within Anglicanism?
Our keynote speaker, Bishop Philip North, currently the Bishop of Burnley, has a track record as an evangelist and he will help us answer this question at our annual festival, on Saturday 30 September 2017. Bishop Philip has often spoken of ‘Sacramental Evangelism’ – where the Church, through the power of the Spirit, can lead everyone to salvation in the Lord Jesus through the Sacrament of the Altar. Bishop Philip speaks from a deep Catholic spirituality and theology and is uncompromising in ministry to the poor as well as promoting the sacramental ministry which the Church is called to offer to the world.
The preacher at the Festival Mass will be the Roman Catholic spiritual teacher, retreat-leader and author, Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ. After lunch, there will be a variety of workshops and discussions to cover a range of topics in a more in depth environment, including:
Evangelism in the University; Evangelism in estate parishes; Evangelism in rural areas; Evangelism in the inner city; Evangelism with Schools and children and Suburban Evangelism.
This year we will have the benefit of the spacious seminar rooms of the Lancaster Hall Hotel which will also be the venue for a catered lunch, which is optional (lunch will cost £11.50 and will be bookable on a first come, first served basis). The keynote plenary, the Mass as well as the final Evensong and Benediction will be in the beautiful liturgical space of St James’s Sussex Gardens, with thanks to the Vicar and PCC for allowing us to use the Church for the day.