Some Keys to Evangelization as Seen in a Record Number of Converts this Year in The Archdiocese of Washington

By: Msgr. Charles PopeMore than 500 couples renew their wedding vows in Washington, DC

There was an informative and helpful article in the Washington Post this Easter Sunday that demonstrates certain keys to success in evangelization. The focus of the article is the happy fact that the Archdiocese of Washington welcomed a record number of converts this year at the Easter Vigil. But the article also documents important factors that helped that number. Let’s review excerpts of the article and consider some important keys for evangelization. My remarks are in red text. (The Full Article is here: Record Number of Catholic Converts for DC)

Austin Russell [a] University of Maryland sophomore…started dating a Catholic woman and befriended other practicing Catholics, he became interested in the Church’s teachings. He enrolled in a class to learn more, and this weekend, he joined a record number of people in the Washington area taking the final steps to convert to Catholicism. Once he is baptized and receives his first Communion this weekend, “I can really walk into the church and say that I’m a follower like everybody else. It’s going to be exciting….Seventy-two percent of new converts cite marriage as an important reason for coming into the church” (Continue reading…)

http://blog.adw.org/2014/04/some-keys-to-evangelization-and-conversion-as-seen-in-a-record-number-of-converts-this-year-in-the-archdiocese-of-washington/

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