Austin, TX. St. Paul Street Evangelization teamed up with the vocations office in the Diocese of Austin, TX to train all 56 of their men in formation for the permanent deaconate along with their wives. The training was offered in English and in Spanish by our program director, Adam Janke, and senior missionary, Mary Ann Weisinger.
After 6 hours of preparation in the New Evangelization, the Art of Christian Listening, Christian Witness, Sharing Your Testimony, Evangelical Apologetics, and Praying with Others, they took to 6th Street in Austin, Texas, knowing for being the “Bourbon Street” of Austin.
The men and their wives encountered hundreds of people, many of them broken and hungry for the Gospel. One of the evangelists, a former Texas Ranger, broke up a fight that was brewing between a security guard and pedestrian. Thanks to his previous training, he then noticed another man nearby who had clearly overdosed on a dangerous street drug and called an ambulance, likely saving his life.
When they weren’t breaking up fights the men were ministering by giving out rosaries and miraculous medals, talking about the Catholic faith, inviting people back to Mass, praying with others, and connecting those in need with local Catholic charities. The response was remarkable. Our evangelists were thanked several times for their presence and many people made a decision for God, either to return to the practice of their faith or to learn more about Jesus. After they were done one of the evangelists noted how much more readily the poor wanted to talk to them and were excited to see them compared to those who appeared to be wealthy. It reminded them of Jesus’ words about the rich man entering the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 19.
If you live in Austin and are interested in joining these evangelists on the streets, please contact St. Paul Street Evangelization or the Diocese of Austin. Now that they have been trained they plan on evangelizing on a regular basis.
And please pray for these men and their wives as they prepare for ordination! And join us!
THANK you for all you do!! I am so heartened to see that Catholics actually go out into the streets and give witness to our wonderful–rich-traditional FAith!!
Please send info about evangelizing door to door.
I would like to do this but am all alone and don’t feel comfortable doing it alone
Chris, have you tried evangelizing in public places and looked for a friend who can join you? A women’s order that I believe is called the Visitation Sisters in New York City, focuses on visiting people in their homes. The outreach is to Catholic households that are inactive in the Church. They try to connect them with the parish, give them the bulletin and other information about parish activities, address personal obstacles or misunderstandings that may be keeping them away from church and encourage them to attend Mass.
I would like to do some work related to street evangelism or out reach and welcome to join with. help needed to get connected with same wish
Sorry, the name of the religious order is “Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate.” Their address is Marycrest Convent, PO Box 658, Monroe NY 10949. Phone 845 783 2251. http://www.parishvisitorsisters.org
Is there a similar group in the Chicagoland area?
Lorena, see out locations page for teams: https://streetevangelization.com/locations/
What do you think about the alpha program?
Alpha will lead you to Christianity but not necessarily to Catholicism. It is a great first step, RCIA would be the next step.
My prayer card of Devotion to the Passion of Christ is so worn out from saying it I can barely read it! Is there any way you could send me another? Thank You!
When I try to go to “bulk medals” it takes me to personal stories