St. Andrew participants to come together

Published: March 10, 2017

The Second St. Andrew School of Evangelization Catholic Congress will celebrate the sixth anniversary of the ministry in the Diocese of Little Rock. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock on Saturday, March 11. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate the closing Mass at 5 p.m.

Featured speakers will be Salvador Gómez, Father Angel Espinosa and "Serio de Jesús" Torres. The schedule will also include performances from the San Esteban Choir and Danza Xochiquetzal, an Aztec dance group. 

Admission is $15 for adults and free for children younger than 12. This event is sponsored by the diocesan Office of Faith Formation. For more information, contact Jaime Torres at (501) 664-0340, ext. 434, or call (479) 899-3083 in Little Rock, (479) 422-3270 in Rogers or (870) 940-0564 in El Dorado.

The St. Andrew School of Evangelization, offered in English and Spanish, is designed to help Catholics go out into the world and proclaim the Good News. Classes are offered on the parish level and are available for children 4-12, youth 13-17 and adults 18 and older.

A diocesan team trains parish leaders to teach the courses in their own parishes. Parishes in Rogers, Danville, Dardanelle, Conway, Little Rock, Siloam Springs, Berryville, Warren, El Dorado, Hamburg and Magnolia participate.

Torres, associate director of faith formation, said the purpose of the program is, "to look for 'Peters' that serve, love and proclaim the Lord Jesus more and better than we ourselves do."

The goal, he said, is to establish "a school of evangelization in every parish of the Catholic Church, so that these parishes would not only be faith centers, but also a table where the Bread of the Word of God is distributed, forming evangelizers, to become an evangelized and an evangelizing Church."