One example: Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., has created a Department of New Evangelization, reported the diocesan paper The Compass Jan. 2.

"Today, because we are such a highly secularized culture, we have a growing population that has no understanding of who Christ is and what his essential message is," said Julianne Stanz, director of the new department.

Stanz is a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, which Bishop Ricken chairs.

Said Stanz: "Bishop Ricken … sees that there are people hurting and lost and angry, and he wants to say, ‘Come home to us. We are not perfect, only Christ is, but we want to share with you his love.’"


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