The National Catholic Reporter recently reported that the United States is home to 22 million ex-Catholics—a population so substantial that if it were a religious denomination unto itself, it would be that largest in the country.
With the number of practicing Catholics steadily declining, the late Pope John Paul II launched the New Evangelization movement, a comprehensive effort to reach out to Catholics who have become alienated from the faith.
On April 20, Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE) will sponsor a daylong conference to examine this ongoing movement in the Catholic Church.
“Taking it to the Streets: The New Evangelization”
Saturday, April 20
McGinley Center | Rose Hill Campus
The conference, which is free and open to the public, aims to provide the Fordham community and beyond with the opportunity to learn about the movement in light of Church teaching and current cultural trends.
The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, S.T.D., vicar general and moderator of the Curia in the Diocese of Brooklyn, will offer the keynote address, “The New Evangelization: Our Journey Home.”
Other speakers include:
- C. Colt Anderson, Ph.D., dean of GRE;
- Tom Beaudoin, Ph.D., associate professor of theology;
- Claudio M. Burgaleta, S.J., associate professor at GRE;
- Harold “Bud” Horell, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious education; and
- Monsignor Michael Hull, S.T.D., pastor of the Church of the Guardian Angel in the Chelsea section of New York City.