First Evangelisation

“We give preference to an apostolate that takes us to those who have not yet heard the Gospel message or who have scarcely heard it.” (SRL 12 and 15-16)

First Evangelisation in the Strict Sense

Some examples are work with countries, areas, peoples or human groups to whom the Gospel has not yet been communicated: witness and service in the name of the Gospel (SRL 15:3); inculturation (SRL 16.1 and 2); dialogue (SRL 17 and 16.3); explicit announcing of the Gospel and the birth of Christian communities (SRL 15.1 and 15.2).

Engagements in local Churches (SRL 18 and 19), for a More Missionary Pastoral Approach, for Creating Missionary Awareness, and “Where the Church has difficulty in finding workers” (SRL 12)

Examples are contacting groups not touched by normal pastoral approaches; efforts to inculturate the Gospel; training in the Church (seminaries, formation centers…); encouragement of an ecumenical spirit and openness to other cultures and religions; solidarity with other Churches and a sense of the universal mission.

Inter-Religious Dialogue and Ecumenism

We try in dialogue to cooperate honestly with leaders and the faithful of other religions as well as with those who do not believe in God. We put our trust in the Holy Spirit, leading both us and them “to the complete truth” (John 16:13) SRL 16.3.

In this area of apostolate, dialogue with Islam is of prime importance as well as with other world religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, and African Traditional Religions.

Witness to the Kingdom through our Own Missionary Charism and OUR SPIRITAN SPIRITUALITY

Examples are our work for Spiritan vocations and formation with a view to vocations, including lay associates; promotion of fraternal life in communities and international circumscriptions; preparation of formators (cf. Maynooth 2.31), centers of Spiritan spirituality; home-bases; retirement homes; the need to make our Spiritan spirituality better known to others.