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Lay Ecclesial Ministry Speaker Series Continues April 7

by MOSAIC Editorial Team

Deacon Ralph Poyo presents How to Make Jesus Real to a Culture that Doesn't Want Him.

Sacred Heart continues to act on its commitment to provide formation opportunities to lay men and women who serve the Church in professional roles. The speaker series, In the Heart of the Church, is a prime example of the seminary providing ongoing spiritual formation to lay ecclesial ministers. The series launched in November 2015, when ValLimar Jansen gave a lively presentation through which participants prayed and praised the Lord in song and dance.

The next installment of the series will focus on helping lay ecclesial minsters hone their evangelization skills. On April 7, from 12:00-3:00 PM, Deacon Ralph Poyo, founder of New Evangelization Ministries, will offer an interactive workshop, How to Make Jesus Real to a Culture That Doesn't Want Him. The presentation will equip lay ministers with practical methods for revealing the saving power of God to others.

The workshop will challenge participants to examine the ways they share Jesus with the world. Many people in our secularized culture question whether Jesus is living and real, and whether his message has meaning. The session will prepare lay ministers for facing this problem, equipping them with real-world techniques for effective evangelization. The participants can expect to walk away from the session with:

An understanding of the demonic tactics that prevent us from succeeding as evangelists.

An understanding of the process of evangelization.

Methods for making Jesus real to those without faith.

A greater confidence in being able to articulate a clear message about Jesus.

Deacon Poyo's presentation will surely set hearts on fire for evangelization. He travels to scores of parishes and dioceses each year, giving seminars, speaking at conferences, and leading retreats. The mission of Deacon Poyo's organization, New Evangelization Ministries, is Training Saints to Lead Hearts to Christ.

Anyone involved in lay ministry in the Archdiocese of Detroit and neighboring dioceses is welcomenot just graduates of the seminary or current students. Even more, the speaker series, including lunch, is free of charge. The series is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Detroit and Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

Register online at But hurry. Space is limited, so register early.

MOSAIC Editorial Team

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Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a Christ-centered Catholic community of faith and higher learning committed to forming leaders who will proclaim the good news of Christ to the people of our time. As a leading center of the New Evangelization, Sacred Heart serves the needs of the Archdiocese of Detroit and contributes to the mission of the universal Church.