Friday, April 24, 2015
FIVE THOUSAND CATHOLICS ACROSS CANADA AND THE U.S. TO GATHER FOR
THE WORLD’S FIRST NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT
OTTAWA, ON – This spring, Ottawa will host a conference that has been almost two years in the making. The idea started with Michael and Linda Dopp, founders of Mission of the Redeemer Ministries, in 2013, and has become The New Evangelization Summit (NES). It has grown to include eight world-renowned speakers, with a program filling a day and a half on April 24 and 25, 2015 and will be held at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre – 200 Coventry Road, Ottawa. It will reach about 5,000 Catholics - 750 here in Ottawa and 4,000 through a webcast to 19 host sites in dioceses across Canada and the U.S.Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ supports the conference taking place in his archdiocese and says: “The New Evangelization Summit is a marvellous opportunity for Catholics to see and hear international experts on the new evangelization. It is a great privilege for Ottawa to be hosting this global event and so I invite every Catholic who can to join me in attending this remarkable conference.” The goal of the NES is to inspire and form Catholics and provide new perspectives on evangelization within the context of everyday life. Speakers will address academic, pastoral, and pragmatic topics of the New Evangelization in an environment that fosters dynamic collaboration and dialogue. The featured speakers are each leaders in evangelization, both within their local communities and on the international scene. They include Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Ralph Martin, Ken Yasinski, Patrick Coffin, Fr. James Mallon, Fr. Michael Gaitley, JoEllen Gregus and Michael Dopp.There are currently 20 confirmed sites where the NES will take place:
Premier Site* - Ottawa, ON
North Bay, ON
St. Thomas, ON
Sudbury/ Chelmsford, ON
Prince George, BC
St. John’s, NL
Oklahoma City, OK
Haddon Heights, NJ
*Premier site is where the speakers are presenting For a conference of this magnitude to go forward, it has and will take countless volunteer hours of about 500 volunteers to ensure the success of the conference. The New Evangelization Leadership Team has been preparing and planning for two years to ensure that this event will become the leading and most sought after conference about the New Evangelization. Two-thirds of the cost to running the NES will be covered by registration fees. However, for this initiative to happen, generous donations, both financially and through time and expertise from individuals and organizations from across Canada and the U.S. are greatly contributing to the anticipated success of this event. If you would like to donate or become a sponsor for the New Evangelization Summit, please contact Kathleen Boskill or visit their website:www.newevangelization.ca. All Catholics – pastors, missionaries, lay ministers, and the lay faithful – will benefit immensely from the NES. This is a powerful opportunity to be further equipped in the fundamental mission of the Church. Register online at: www.newevangelization.ca.
● For interview requests with Archbishop Prendergast, please contact
Sarah Du Broy, Communications Officer for the Archdiocese of Ottawa by email: email@example.com, or by phone: 613-738-5025, ext. 238.
● For interview requests with Michael Dopp, please contact Kathleen Boskill, Communications Director for The New Evangelization Summit by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone: 613-805-7308.
Media Contact: Kathleen Boskill