Message from the National Mission Bishop

12/02/2015 1:55 pm


Bishop Mark O'Toole of Plymouth is the Catholic Church's National Mission Bishop. He's the Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis. Here's his message for Proclaim '15.


"Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium offers us a blueprint for Catholic evangelisation. We are invited to give our encounter with Jesus Christ simple, but radical and creative, expression in our local communities.

"Proclaim ’15 aims to support and encourage as many parishes as possible to take new steps in service of this mission. It is being offered in partnership with generous co-workers in Catholic Dioceses across England and Wales and has a wholly practical focus. A specific step that is being encouraged is the development of dedicated parish evangelisation teams.

"Please do get involved in the variety of ways that are being proposed. There are many resources available including those from the Department’s Home Mission Desk, under the banner of the
‘Crossing the Threshold’ project.

"Thank you for all that you are already doing. Together, may we more confidently and joyfully proclaim our faith, so that many more can know the beauty of an encounter with Jesus Christ."

Rt Rev Mark O’Toole
Bishop of Plymouth
Chair, Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, CBCEW.

“We cannot forget that evangelisation is first and foremost about preaching the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus Christ or who have always rejected him. Many of them are quietly seeking God, led by a yearning to see his face.” Evangelii Gaudium 15

Proclaim ’15 is being coordinated by the Bishops’ Conference Home Mission Desk which is as an instrument of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis. The Department is chaired by Bishop Mark O’Toole, Plymouth Diocese.


Clare Ward
Home Mission Desk