Hobart linked to global faith summit

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Hobart linked to global faith summit

Nearly 30 people from across Tasmania gathered in Hobart to watch the live stream of the New Evangelization Summit filmed in Canada and broadcast around the world on October 5.

Called Global Summit Day, the day-long event featured speakers, both lay and clergy, who have each developed ground-breaking evangelisation initiatives in their country.

Speakers included Fr James Mallon, founder of Divine Renovation Ministries; Michael Dopp, founder of the Redeemer Ministries; and Michelle Thompson and Fr Jon Bielawski of Genesis Mission.

Tasmania was one of seven host sites, which connected over 5,000 Catholics passionate about evangelisation around the globe.  

Dr Christine Wood, Director of the Office of Evangelisation and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Hobart, said the Global Summit Day was a source of “immense encouragement”.

“The speakers were all active evangelisers in secular cultures, much like our own, so their methods are easily transferable to Tasmania. Importantly, they addressed the difficult issues of why people have left the Church recently, and why now, more than ever, is the time to evangelise. We can seek inspiration from these people,” she said.

“[It showed] we are part of something much bigger than ourselves, we are not alone, but surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, cheering us on in our work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” 

The Summit served as the “wonderful follow up” for the inaugural Evangelium Conference, held in August this year, which brought local Tasmanians together to share their work in evangelisation. The fruits of these conferences are already being felt, as parishes and outreach programs are putting into practice what they have gained.

“Gathering local people together to discuss evangelisation is important because it begins moving in the direction of cultural change. People are taking ownership of the need to share their Catholic faith,” she said.