The Center for Evangelical Catholicism seeks to advance the New Evangelization by forming Evangelical Catholics equipped to fulfill the Great Commission. The CEC is a not-for-profit corporation in the state of South Carolina.
Our Main Activities
Online Courses: The Center for Evangelical Catholicism will offer free, not-for-credit online courses by its team of instructors. Our online classes will be based upon the Program of Catholic Studies at St. Mary's Church in Greenville, South Carolina. In addition to lectures, our online courses will feature readings, study guides, quizzes, and discussion groups.
The Catholic Entrepreneur Initiative: The Book of Genesis tells us that our first parents were commanded by God to "fill the earth and subdue it" and that they were placed in the garden of this world "to cultivate and care for it" (Gen 1:28 and 2:15) All of man's creative activity is thus seen as part of our human dignity and vocation to be co-creators with God, and this means that every form of human labor and enterprise has great dignity and noble purpose. Thinking about the economic dimension of our vocation to holiness is one goal of Catholic social teaching, the result of a century of philosophical and theological reflection by some of the Church's finest minds on the dignity of work, the relationship between capital and labor, the responsibility to care for the poor, the universal destination of goods, and the principles that should guide practical decision making on all of these fronts. The Center's program for Catholic entrepreneurs will offer classes intended to assist them in understanding this body of teaching and integrate it into their professional work and personal lives. Special attention is given to examining the concept of social justice as a personal virtue to be acquired by individuals rather than as a political ideology to be enforced by governments.
Strengthening Catholic Schools: Catholic schools are one of the most effective instruments of evangelization ever devised by the Church, but to fulfill the potential in our schools for forming Catholics to be mature disciples of the Lord Jesus and live their entire lives according to the truth of the Gospel, our schools must have a strong and clear Catholic identity. The Center for Evangelical Catholicism is developing a seminar for Catholic school teachers and administrators designed to assist them in integrating the Catholic Faith into every activity of their schools, in large part by helping them understand themselves as missionaries and their work as the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Colloquium for Priests: The work of forming parishes according to the principles of Evangelical Catholicism falls primarily on priests, and to assist them in fulfilling their duties of teaching, sanctifying, and governing parishes as Evangelical Catholics, the CEC periodically conducts a Colloquium for Priests at St Mary's Church, Greenville. Topics to be explored include, among others, the theoretical and practical dimensions of expository preaching, celebrating the sacred liturgy in keeping with the perennial mind of the Church and the authentic reforms of the Second Vatican Council, forming and teaching Catholics of every age for lives of intentional Christian discipleship, organizing the charitable activities of the parish in keeping both with the principles of Catholic social teaching and with the understanding of social justice as a personal virtue rather than an ideology or political platform.