Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity (Ad Gentes Divinitus) (December 7, ), in Austin Flannery, ed., Vatican Council II: The. AD GENTES DIVINITUS Decree of the Second Vatican Council on the Church’s missionary activity. The Church’s mission is defined as. Ad Gentes (Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church) is a decree released during the Second Vatican Council that announces the Catholic Church’s.

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In his last words to the apostles, the Lord Jesus Christ gave them a mission: Similarly, the [Catholic] Church. Divinits responsibility for fulfilling that mandate passes on unchanged to the bishops and to all the Catholics of today.

He wants to extend it to the farthest corners of the earth. He wants to show all people his genfes and mercy. However, this mission is far from complete. There are many young churches that need missionaries to develop and grow. There are many dioceses, eparchies, and countries struggling with poverty, persecution, oppression, war, and immense suffering that need missionaries to witness to the light and love of Christ, bringing hope for the future.

In order to strengthen this mission effort, we address this letter particularly to all those who fulfill the special role of teaching and forming the Catholics in our dioceses and eparchies. We are enormously grateful for the devotion and skill with which Catholics in the teaching ministry lead the way: In an ad limina address to a group of bishops inPope John Paul II appealed to the Church in the United States to recapture its missionary spirit: What exactly is mission?

We look to Christ himself as the model of the truly loving missionary. Christ is the first of all missionaries since he himself was sent to live among us by the Father. The Father sent him into the world as an outpouring of love. Jesus lived among dvinitus, proclaimed the Good News, and revealed the truth.

He took the burdens of all people upon himself and, in carrying them to the Cross, transformed all time and all people in his Resurrection. A personal encounter with Christ, especially in the sacraments, compels us to a greater participation in mission: In this sense, every Catholic who has had a personal encounter with Christ has the heart of a missionary.

Missionaries go forth to bring the Church to where it has not yet been founded divinituz to build up churches that are struggling. They carry with them both the Word and sacrament. The same message of Christ that was passed on to the apostles, missionaries now pass on to others.

The same fervor for the Eucharistic meal that the apostles shared in, missionaries now bring to others. Mission is never an imposition upon the free will of another; it is an invitation to know Christ or to know him better, and it is made in a spirit of respect toward others. Missionaries deeply desire all peoples throughout the world to share in the riches of Christ and his Church.

The question may still arise, Is it right to invite others to enjoy the gifts as Christ and his Church? Divinktus soon as the apostles received the Holy Spirit, they immediately began to proclaim Christ to the crowd Acts 2: In some ways, modern technology and media have drawn the whole world together. Does this mean that there is less need for us to go out to the nations?

Mission, while happily making use of technological advances in communications, is still very much a person-to-person ministry. The Church still responds as Isaiah did in another time: Who will go for us? We applaud all that is good in the idea of the global community, which in its highest form represents a desire for peace and community throughout the world.


We also recognize that divinitue Catholic faith needs to confront those ideas that are perilous. Other values that degrade the human spirit are also promoted worldwide today: They are contrary to the Gospel of Christ and to all that is good.

The light of Christ shines out from the Church in her mission efforts to unmask these evils, and to bring people to a truer communion with God and each other.

Ad Gentes (Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church)

The Church in mission is the sign and instrument of such a conversion. In her missionary work, the Church encounters many different faiths. How do Catholics lovingly proclaim faith in Christ while respecting the differing faiths of those they encounter? While we always invite others to the Catholic faith, we also strive to understand—and value—what is positive in their beliefs. This work is done both by missionaries abroad and by us at home.

On the basis of trust built through love, all Catholics reach out as missionaries and confidently announce the Good News of Christ with words and deeds. The best Christian testimony is love for others. Fostering the Missionary Spirit through Education As in the past, the Holy Spirit is calling many Catholics to be missionaries across the globe.

There is as great a need as ever for missionaries: There are billions of people who have yet to encounter Christ face-to-face through his missionaries. It is vitally important that those who are involved in the teaching ministry of the Church spread the Word.

There are many ways to accomplish this: The Holy Spirit has given to those responsible for the formation of the disciples of this age a special grace to enlighten the minds of others.

It is our hope that these minds will join more enthusiastically in our mission to the nations. Mission in the Parish Mission education must take place both in the family and in the parish. It is in the family that true Christian minds are first formed, and in the parish that families grow in faith.

There are many rich opportunities to teach about mission in the parish: One Sunday each year, the Church throughout the world publicly renews her fundamental commitment to the missionary movement. The Holy Father sends out a special catechesis for World Mission Sunday and asks the faithful to reflect upon it.

Pastors and all who preach and instruct the faithful need to take seriously the meaning of World Mission Sunday, with all its catechetical and sacramental implications. This celebration, offered in the context of the Eucharist see Redemptoris Missiono. A tremendous number of resources exist for educating about our common vocation for mission: The feast of Pentecost paints a picture of the future Church. The apostles, the first bishops, gathered with the Mother of God and received an anointing of fire from the Holy Spirit.

Pentecost was the very first Mission Sunday. The Church is founded for mission, enlivened by Christ present and acting sacramentally. We bishops pray that all who are united with us in the apostolic mission of teaching share our fervent desire that the spirit of mission ad gentes —to the nations—will be renewed in our Church.

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World Mission and the Teaching Ministry In order to strengthen this mission effort, we address this letter particularly to all those who fulfill the special role of teaching and forming the Catholics in our dioceses and eparchies. Catechists Directors of religious education Priests, religious, and deacons Adult education directors Youth and young adult ministers Campus ministers Teachers and administrators in Catholic schools and institutes of higher education Seminary professors and instructors Mission office directors We encourage all Catholics to focus particular attention on all peoples of other nations who do not know Christ and his Church.

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In this letter, we call on everyone with teaching roles to guide the faithful towards a renewed fervor in spreading the Good News by witness and word.

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I encourage you to make every effort to revive this powerful manifestation of solidarity with the universal Church. History bears witness that a sustained commitment to the mission ad gentes renews the whole Church, strengthens the faith of individuals and communities, reinforces their Christian identity, and gives rise to fresh enthusiasm for overcoming the challenges and difficulties of the moment eivinitus.

Redemptoris Missio2. May the Church in your country discover the sources for a profound interior renewal through a revitalization of divonitus zealabove all by promoting vocations to missionary Institutes and proposing, especially to young people, the lofty ideal of a life completely devoted to the Gospel.

Christ Sent by the Father Christ is the first difinitus all missionaries since he himself was sent to live among us by the Father.

Eucharistic Sustenance Missionaries go forth to bring the Church to where it has not yet been founded and to build up churches gehtes are struggling.

How could the Church fulfill her vocation without cultivating a constant relationship with the Eucharist, without dvinitus herself with this food which sanctifies, without founding her missionary activity on this indispensable support?

In him, and only in him, are we set free from all alienation and doubt, from slavery to the power of sin and death. Mission is an issue of faithan yentes indicator of our faith in Christ and his love for us. Mission and the Global Community In some ways, modern technology and media have drawn the whole world together.

Interreligious Dialogue and Mission In her missionary work, the Church encounters many different faiths.

Francis Xavier and St. Children can read about mission and report on it to classes. Contacts can be made with missionaries for World Mission Sunday. Bible studies and sharing groups can focus on passages dealing specifically with mission.

A fund-raising project for world missions and the needs of mission churches can be launched. In this way, whole parishes become more missionary, reaching out and forging bonds between American and mission parishes. Such relationships do much to form Catholics in the missionary genets through direct and personal contact, helping to sivinitus that the universal needs and call to mission are never forgotten.

Theological studies should include a strong missionary emphasis. Teaching Resources A tremendous number of resources exist for educating about our ax vocation for mission: Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious—each with a special charism directed toward the missions www.

The mission societies are given the primary responsibility in the universal Church for mission animation and cooperation.

Teaching the Spirit of Mission Ad Gentes: Continuing Pentecost Today

The Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples www. Seminaries and Catholic theological centers especially should weave the idea of authentic world mission into the core of their teaching ministry in the following ways: Apply divintius modern ideas the deep sense of mission of the Fathers of the Church in all courses of Patristic studies.

People are sent as the Mass ends to be missionaries of that which they have received. Foster mission studies on campuses across the country. Encourage vocations from among young people to mission-sending religious orders.