IN 1983, on the 500th anniversary of the first evangelisation of Latin America, Pope St John Paul II addressed the bishops of Latin America in Haiti, calling for the New Evangelisation.
A spokesperson for the Univcersity of Queensland Newman Society said this “new evangelisation” would be an evangelism that takes the unchanging Gospel out to the world, but in a way that is new in its ardour, its methods and its means of expression.
This was a call particularly for the re-evangelisation of the secularised West, which had inoculated itself to the message of Jesus Christ, the spokesperson said.
“The Newman Society is in a unique place for moving forward with the newly canonised saint’s vision,” they said.
“With such a rich tradition at the university, we can still find ways to renew our ardour, rethink our methods, and express the Good News in ways that will once again prick the ears of those around us.”
At the University of Queensland, the Newman Society is looking forward to the future in a way that is animated by this missionary call.
“It does so in a way that is shaped by the concrete circumstances we find ourselves in: at a secular university, where many students come from school, excited for new experiences and adventures, but also often on a journey of finding themselves and exploring the world through new lenses,” the spokesperson said.
“We are looking forward to inviting these people into our community, to journey with them as they ask some of the big questions in life, and wonder what Jesus Christ might have to say about them.”