Brooklyn, NY— Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio announced today that a comprehensive process of spiritual renewal will serve as a centerpiece of its evangelization efforts. This process, entitled ARISE Together in Christ, will be offered by RENEW International, and all parishes will have the opportunity to participate.

The groundwork has been laid over the past several months. With the bishop’s blessing, clergy, staff, and RENEW International team members have collaborated to plan this effort.

Speaking on the announcement, Bishop DiMarzio remarked, “RENEW’s process represents a timely and well-suited response to Pope Francis’ call for a new evangelization. It provides an excellent means for bringing together clergy, parishioners, and all members of our Catholic community in an endeavor centered on the loving and healing message of Jesus Christ.” ARISE Together in Christ offers a total renewal experience for the parish, spiritually transforming people through small-group faith sharing, materials for families with children, parish resources, and Christian social action. Because of the variety of ways in which people are engaged, ARISE fosters creating an evangelizing climate in the parish.

Basic to the process from RENEW International is the establishment of parish small groups of eight to twelve people meeting weekly to read and reflect on Scripture, share how the Word of God relates to their daily life, and encourage each other into active discipleship. Groups will meet during 5 six-week seasons, with the first starting in fall 2016. Each of these seasons has a major gospel theme that is broken down into weekly themes and experienced in a variety of ways.

Participant materials and pastoral support will be offered in Spanish as LEVÁNTATE. Unámonos en Cristo and in Haitian Creole: LEVE KANPE ak Jezi Kri in addition to English. Bishop Cisneros noted that, “Importantly, ARISE Together in Christ will provide an ideal vehicle for parishes that serve our Latino parishioners to engage with the upcoming Encuentro.”

The plan calls for RENEW International pastoral representatives to train local parish leadership. These leaders will in turn, invite, prepare, and train the lay leaders who will shepherd the process within the parishes. Pastors, staff, and selected leadership are invited to attend an information session. Sessions will be offered in Brooklyn and Queens; see the sidebar for dates and locations of the meetings. At that time, more detailed information about the process will be provided with time allowed for questions.

Theodore Musco, Executive Director, School of Evangelization, has been appointed as the diocesan coordinator to lead the initiative for the local Church. “I am confident that this process will provide a powerful and unifying source of spiritual renewal for parishes here in the diocese, and will be essential in our efforts to achieve the goals set forth in our evangelization and renewal springboard plan for  2015-2018 named The Joy of Encountering Christ: The Family’s Hope,” he remarked.

For more information, please contact Theodore Musco, at tmusco@diobrook.org or (718) 965-7300 x 5417.

About RENEW International RENEW International is a canonically-recognized Catholic organization based in Plainfield, NJ, in the Archdiocese of Newark. RENEW International fosters spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action.

Four nearly four decades, RENEW International has revitalized parish life in more than 160 dioceses in the United States, touching the lives of 25 million people through its renewal processes. RENEW International also reaches many thousands outside the United States, having served people in 24 countries, across six continents and in 44 languages. RENEW can be found online at www.renewintl.org.


Information Session Dates

Date Venue/Address Time Language
Sept. 24 SS. Simon & Jude
185 Van Sicklen St.
10am – 12 noon
(2 sessions)
English & Spanish
Sept. 26 Immaculate Conception Center 7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston 7 – 9 pm (2 sessions) English & Spanish
Sept. 27 St. Brendan
125 E. 12 St.
7 – 9 pm (3 sessions) English, Spanish & Haitian Creole
Sept. 28 Blessed Sacrament
3443 93 St
Jackson Heights
7 – 9 pm (3 sessions) English, Spanish & Haitian Creole
Sept. 29 Immaculate Conception Center 7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston 7 – 9 pm (2 sessions) English & Spanish
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