General Secretariat for Evangelization

(Back row – from left to right) Fr. John Fahey-Guerra, Fr. Nicolas Ayouba, Fr. Victorino Cueto, Fr. Cristian Bueno, Fr. Noel Sottima, Fr. Tadhg Herbert.
(Front row – from left to right) Fr. Pawel Drobot, Fr. Hector Javier Machado, Anne Marie Walsh, Fr. Joterio Aghoja, Fr. Victor Ernesto Espinoza, Bro. Jesús Roberto Avalos Hernández.

The XXVI General Chapter’s call to be Missionaries of Hope, in the footsteps of the Redeemer: Our Vita Apostolica in a Change of Era constitutes in a special way at this time of profound changes in the society, a crucial criterion for discernment in our planning of, and evangelizing activities. Hence, we are challenged as missionary disciples and propagators of Christ’s Redemptive work in the world; both the professed Redemptorists and Lay Associates are called to revitalize our apostolic life in order to give authentic witness to the promise of abundant life in the Redeemer (cf. Jn. 10:10). Therefore, in line with this and with creative fidelity to our Charism, the General Secretariat for Evangelization, acts as an instrument of support to the General Government in the proper and in-depth discernment of the evangelizing work of the Congregation. In fact, this Secretariat is under the direct guidance of the General Government through the presence of one of its Consultors, Fr, Nicolas Ayouba.

Fr. John Fahey-Guerra (Gen. Secretariat)
Fr. Nicolas Ayouba (Chairperson of the Secretariat)
Fr. Victorino Cueto (General Secretariat)
Fr. Cristian Bueno (Secretary)
Fr. Noel Sottima (Coordinator Commission for Africa & Madagascar)
Fr. Tadhg Herbert (General Secretariat)
Fr. Pawel Drobot (Coordinator RYVM Commission)
Fr. Hector Javier Machado (General Secretariat)
Anne Marie Walsh (Office for Shared Mission, CoordinatorCommission for Shared Mission)
Fr. Joterio Aghoja (General Secretariat)
Fr. Victor Ernesto Espinoza (RYVM Commission)
Bro. Jesús Roberto Avalos Hernández (RYVM Commission)

Fr. Cristian Bueno is the Executive Secretary of this Secretariat (cssr.evangelizatio@gmail.com).

Secretariat for Evangelization

The General Government, in its plan of action for the Six-year period, has proposed a vision that directs our action as a Congregation. For this reason, he affirmed that “as members of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer we follow” the example of Jesus Christ the Savior in preaching the Word of God to the poor, as He said of himself: He sent me to proclaim the good news to the poor “(Const. 1) We do this by” moving with missionary dynamism and striving to evangelize the most abandoned, especially the poor, in the pastoral urgencies “(Const 1).

It is also urgent that “As witnesses of the Redeemer, we commit ourselves to listen carefully to the wounded world in which we live and to seek ways to more effectively preach the Good News of abundant redemption to that world.”

In order to do this, and following the mandate of the 25th General Chapter, and in line with the theme of the six years, the Congregation will continue the process of restructuring and develop apostolic criteria that will assist us in developing an Apostolic Plan that responds to the urgent needs of the more abandoned, especially the poor, of the Conference in which we live and work.

Each Conference has created a Commission for the Apostolic plan and Restructuring of the Conference, in order to work on the priority objective (see above) in relation to its own Conference.

On the other hand, the General Government has decided to create a General Secretariat for Evangelization to facilitate communication between the Conferences in the pastoral field, to generate ideas and pastoral projects, and to coordinate concrete aspects that can be carried out jointly.

1. General Objective

The General Secretariat for Evangelization, based on the objectives proposed by the General Chapter and the plan of action approved by the General Government, is intended to be an instrument for coordinating the evangelizing activity of the Congregation, facilitating communication between the Units and the Conferences in the field of evangelizing action, coordinating joint actions and generating ideas and possible common actions that help heal the wounds of so many of our brothers.

2. Specific objectives

1.    To help revive a missionary conscience among the members of the Congregation and in the different Units.

2.    To share missionary experiences and formation among the different Units more widely.

3.    Promote and facilitate the exchange of personnel and resources to respond to the most urgent pastoral needs.

4.    To foster a new conscience in the Congregation that is committed to the missionary and evangelizing pastoral ministry, which promotes shared mission, solidarity work with the most needy, and priority attention to young people.

3. Priorities

1.    Creation of a Permanent Secretariat for Evangelization

2.    Support and accompany the interprovincial and international Communities (for the most urgent pastoral needs)

3.    New Initiatives for Evangelization

4.    Ordinary / Extraordinary Pastoral / Ad Gentes Mission

5.    The phenomenon of Human Mobility/ Mass movement of people

6.    Vocational Youth Ministry

7.    Interreligious Dialogue

8.    Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

9.    Helping to strengthen missionary action in Africa and Madagascar

4. Means

1.    Creation of a permanent Secretariat for evangelization consisting of 5 Offices or Commissions

2.    Creation of an Office for Shared Mission, with a lay leader in charge, and with the support of a Commission formed by members of each of the Conferences.

3.    Creation of an Office for Social Pastoral, Justice, Peace and Integration of the creation, with a person in charge, and with the support of a Commission formed by members of each of the Conferences.

4.    Creation of a PJVR Commission with the presence of members of all Conferences.

5.    Creation of a Commission for Africa and Madagascar attended by members of all Conferences.

5. Strategies

1.    Each of the Commissions and Offices that are part of the Secretariat of Evangelization will work in close communication and collaboration.

2.    The Secretariat for Evangelization will have fluid communication with the Commissions for the preparation of the Apostolic Plan of each Conference.

3.    The General Secretariat for Evangelization will work in close collaboration with the Secretariats and / or Commissions of the Conferences and will endeavour to have close communication with the confreres working in each respective field.

6.Calendar of themes for the Six-year period

The Secretariat for Evangelization will meet once a year.

The Commissions shall meet at least once a year.

However, both the Secretariat and the Commissions will use new technologies to

7. Relations with other Secretariats and Redemptorist Center for Spirituality

The Secretariat wishes to be able to collaborate with all the General Secretariats and various Centers of the Congregation.

8. Relations with the General Government

The Secretariat for Evangelization is an instrument created by the General Government and at its service. Hence a fluid communication between the two is necessary.