The Diocese of Wichita is sponsoring a 10-week SENT Institute for Evangelization beginning Monday, May 8.
The institute is a process of formation for all baptized adults and is designed to equip and encourage them to share Jesus Christ with their family, friends, acquaintances – with anyone.
“You don’t need a theology degree – there’s no prerequisite,” said Joshua Bitting, director of the diocesan Office of Faith Formation. “Really, all you have to have is a heart open to God and a heart open to people. If you love the Lord Jesus and you want him to be loved and known, this is for you.”
Anyone who knows people they would like to invite into a relationship with Christ is invited.
“Everyone of us has family members and friends and people with whom we associate who are away from the church, away from Christ,” Bitting said. “We know that Pope Francis is calling us to evangelize others, to be missionaries in our own circles of influence, in our everyday lives.”
The SENT institute is a way of giving concrete and practical ways to do that, he said, “to reach people who are not in a relationship with Christ and who are possibly away from the church and to be able to have a strategy to bring them to Christ.”
Bitting added that his office has recently had a number of different events focusing on evangelization and how to make it practical for the laity.
The SENT institute will help anyone interested to learn ways of praying, sharing their own story, and their encounters with Jesus.
Want to be sent?
The SENT Institute for Evangelization begins at 6 p.m. Monday, May 8, at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Andover. It will continue for 10 consecutive Mondays.
The cost is $50 per person or $150 per parish group.
For more information or to register, visit the Office of Faith Formation website at www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith or call 316-269-3940.