Office of the Vicar General

The Department of Evangelization exists to inspire, accompany and equip the people of the diocese to experience the love of Christ.


Resources for Adults and Families

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 has caused many challenges for our homes, parishes, schools and communities. Jesus reminds us especially in these times: Be not afraid!! The Church's mission of evangelization and formation continues even in difficult times.

Leaders and parents are being called to a new level of creativity in making use of available resources at home and online. Our colleagues in Atlanta and Charleston have helped us compile a list of resources to use on line. The resources are mostly related to evangelization, prayer and adult resources. This list is by no means exhaustive and we hope you will pick and choose what is most appropriate for your use. Please click on the below RESOURCES link. Be assured of our prayers as we navigate through this time.

Why do we evangelize?

We must evangelize because the Lord Jesus commanded us to do so. He gave the Church the unending task of evangelizing as a restless power, to stir and to stimulate all its actions until all nations have heard his Good News and until every person has become his disciple.

The Lord commanded us to evangelize because salvation is offered to every person in him. More than a holy figure or a prophet, Jesus is God's Word, God's "very imprint," the power and wisdom of God. He is our Savior. Becoming like us and accepting our human nature, he addresses in himself, in his death and resurrection, the brokenness of our lives. He suffers through our sin; he feels our pain; he knows the thirst of our death; he accepts the limits of our human life so that he might bring us beyond those limits. "[H]e humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him…" Taking on our death as Savior, Jesus was raised to life. In Christ, all can come to know that the sin, the coldness, the indifference, the despair, and the doubt of our lives are overcome by God's taking on our human nature and leading us to new life. In him, and him alone, is the promise of resurrection and new life.

How do we evangelize?

We cannot really talk about the "ordinary" life of the Church because all of it is the graced gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet there are familiar ways by which evangelization happens: by the way we live God's love in our daily life; by the love, example, and support people give each other; by the ways parents pass faith on to their children; in our life as Church, through the proclamation of the Word and the wholehearted celebration of the saving deeds of Jesus; in renewal efforts of local and national scope; in the care we show to those most in need; and in the ways we go about our work, share with our neighbors, and treat the stranger. In daily life, family members evangelize each other; men and women, their future spouses; and workers, their fellow employees, by the simple lives of faith they lead. Through the ordinary patterns of our Catholic life, the Holy Spirit brings about conversion and a new life in Christ.

Here, there are two elements at work: witness, which is the simple living of the faith; and sharing, which is spreading the Good News of Jesus in an explicit way.

Faith Formation for Adults

I have been thinking about becoming a Catholic…

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

I have been away from the Church for a long time…

Are you thinking about coming back? The Church wants you to know that you are a child of God, called by name, precious in his eyes and loved by him (Is. 43:1,4). The Church also wants you to know that you are missed. When one member of the Body of Christ suffers, the entire Body of the Church suffers.

I have been drawn to enter more deeply into the mystery of my Catholic faith…

The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize.

Looking for a place to start? Join the entire diocese in Living the Eucharist this Lent.

Departmental Ministries

Adult Catechesis

Black Catholic Ministry

Campus Ministry

Catholic Charities

Hispanic Ministry

Marriage, Family and Respect Life

Young Adult Ministry

Vicar for Evangelization and Education

Very Reverend Kevin O'Keefe
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Managing Director of Evangelization and Discipleship

Caroline Geddings

Director of Formation and Catechesis

Paola Caudill

Director of Cultural Engagement

Sandra Molina

Executive Assistant

Melinda Cannady

Pray for us.