Evangelist, scholar, broadcaster to spearhead Archdiocesan Office of New Evangelization

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 18, 2013) -- Evangelist, scholar and broadcaster Carole Brown, Ph.D., will direct the newly created Office of New Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Archbishop Paul Coakley announced this week.

Originally from Faith, S.D., Brown has extensive experience in evangelization both in the United States and abroad; she has served in youth and young adult ministry, campus ministry and international missions.

Most recently, she was on the founding board of directors of the first national Christian radio station in Ireland, Spirit Radio, where she also served as Speech Content Editor and Personnel Director.

She has also been involved in an ecumenical lay missionary organization based in Austria that did outreach throughout Europe.

Prior to her nine-year stint abroad, she was the Director of Evangelistic Outreach and the Director of Orientation at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Brown obtained a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Dublin, Ireland. Her dissertation, "Crossing the Threshold of Faith: Pope John Paul II’s Approach to the Problem of the Conversion of the Baptized," addresses the central problem that gives rise to the need for a new evangelization: It is possible to be a member of the Church yet not an intentional disciple of Jesus Christ.

Her academic credentials also include a higher diploma in classical Christian spirituality, a master of arts in theology and Christian ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio, and two bachelor’s degrees – a bachelor of arts in communications and a bachelor of science in education – from Black Hill State University in Spearfish, S.D.

"Carole’s commitment to the Gospel, academic expertise and wide experience in the field of evangelization render her the ideal person for this role," the archbishop said. "She understands that Christian discipleship entails both a personal relationship with Jesus and membership in His Church, and she possesses the requisite skills to translate the idea of the new evangelization into action.

"Under her direction, the Office of New Evangelization will invite the many Catholics of the Archdiocese, as well as our non-Catholic brothers and sisters in central and western Oklahoma, to a renewed encounter with Christ and His Church," he continued. "Knowing that it is only by the grace and guidance of the Holy Spirit that minds and hearts are converted, we pray that these efforts will bear fruit in a deepening of faith in us and in those with whom we share the Good News."

Archbishop Coakley created the Office of New Evangelization to advance a series of goals under an overarching five-year vision for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City -- a vision to "Go Make Disciples."

"The mission of the Church is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and the One in whom all people find salvation," Archbishop Coakley said. "The work of evangelization that is particularly urgent in our time and place is what Blessed John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI referred to as the ‘new evangelization.’ Its focus is on the nations and cultures where the Gospel has been proclaimed, but where the flame of faith has been reduced to a barely glowing ember. The faith of believers in our post-Christian culture needs to be reawakened."

Brown said she hopes "to equip the archdiocese to be on the ‘cutting edge’ of the new evangelization."

"I want people to know Jesus," she said. "Right now, moral difficulties often pose serious obstacles for evangelization. People have often become engaged in patterns of life that are not compatible with living as a Christian, and can be very resistant to the change that conversion requires.

"Pope Francis has taught us something very important in recent weeks about the necessity of getting first things first," she continued. "We need to first convince people of God’s total love for them and bring them to a place of radical self-entrustment to the Lord Jesus. Only when that act of self-entrustment to the Lord has taken place can we really face the moral requirements of being a Christian. Knowing Jesus and being able to lean on him changes the whole experience of morality."



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