Our Mission and Vision
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.
At the Center for Evangelical Catholicism we are more than just a think tank, we are a do-tank. We seek to influence the international world of ideas through our popular podcasts, conferences and writings, but we also have multiple programs dedicated to the pratical dimension of helping all Catholics put Jesus Christ at the center of their lives.
Our Main Programs
The Evangelical Catholic Parish: The New Evangelization takes place primarily in parish churches led by priests who are assisted by lay leaders in fulfilling their duties to teach, sanctify, and govern the portion of the flock entrusted to their care. To help those entrusted with the task of forming parishes for the New Evangelization, the CEC offers from time to time a colloquium called The Evangelical Catholic Parish at St Mary's Church, Greenville. Topics that are 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. We don’t just theorize on how to enact the New Evangelization in parishes, but rather, we help provide priest with the necessary tools to actually implement it in the liturgy and life of their parish. To see this in action please enjoy the 11.00 am Solemn High Mass at St. Mary’s, livestreamed on Facebook each Sunday. https://www.facebook.com/stmarysgvl/
The Christ Centered School: 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 has developed 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. This program sparks the rediscovery of true Catholic education by educators, sharpens the focus of their vision of Catholic education, and gives them the tools to transform their own schools into authentically and beautifully Catholic environments, in order to spread the faith and stem the tide of shrinking attendance and uncommitted financial support.
Venture Fidelis: 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. As the mainstay of this overarching program we launched our Venture Fidelis initiative, in order to provide American business entities the opportunity to posses and exhibit a clearly defined, explicitly stated, and legally expressed Catholic identity. We also have successfully launched a Catholic Business Leaders Network for Catholic business owners in Upstate, SC with quarterly breakfasts. These breakfasts have been a great way for Catholic leaders in the marketplace to collaborate, share best practices, and encourage one another in the constant struggle to keep Christ at the center all we do.