Hope and Purpose Ministries To Bring Urban Evangelization Program To Detroit
Archbishop Vigneron welcomes partnership to “Revive Detroit” in Christ
(left to right: Fr. Eduardo Montemayor, Deacon Larry Oney, Bishop Donald Hanchon, Archbishop Vigneron, Gerardo Hernandez)
The Archdiocese of Detroit and the New Orleans-based Hope and Purpose Ministries have reached an agreement to create “Revive Detroit,” an urban evangelization ministry with a series of events and gatherings to begin in August at the northwest Detroit parishes of Corpus Christi and St. Scholastica.
Archbishop Vigneron formally invited the founder and leader of Hope and Purpose Ministries, Deacon Larry Oney, to partner with archdiocesan clergy and lay leaders to form the Revive Detroit ministry with the specific intent to ignite the faithful to become passionate, missionary disciples of Christ. In his letter of invitation, the Archbishop said, “Your planning and enthusiasm for this project have given me great excitement and hope for our renewed efforts of sharing Christ in and through the Church in the city of Detroit. Revive Detroit is part of an archdiocesan-wide evangelization initiative, including a synod in the fall of 2016.
Revive Detroit will consist of three events to start in the Trinity Vicariate with a special focus on the area’s African-American population. Plans are to extend Revive Detroit throughout the city to engage the Hispanic community and others. Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND) will record and edit the initial presentations with the resulting DVDs made available to parishes throughout the Archdiocese to assist in evangelization efforts. “I sense this partnership has the potential of touching thousands of hearts with Christ’s love, mercy, and healing,” said Rev. Eduardo Montemayor, SOLT, associate director of Evangelization and Hispanic Ministry for the Archdiocese and coordinator of Revive Detroit.
The three Revive Detroit events include:
Deacon Oney will present a pre-evangelization evening of music and preaching entitled “Amazing Grace Overcoming Race” in which he will speak on his personal struggle with racism and the importance of God’s grace and healing. “Amazing Grace Overcoming Race” will take place on Thursday, August 20 at Corpus Christi Parish and on Friday, August 21 at St. Scholastica Parish.
Participants will be invited to attend “The Encounter,” an 11-week evangelization course presented by Gerardo Hernandez, Vice President of Evangelization for Hope and Purpose Ministries.
“The Encounter” course will be hosted by St. Scholastica beginning on Monday, September 14 and will include an October 23-25 weekend retreat. “The Encounter” is intended to lead attendees to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and His Church. The course will include a free meal and hospitality, music, an inspirational talk, and small group sharing. Speakers will include Deacon Larry Oney, Gerardo Hernandez and Fr. Eduardo Montemayor. John Thorne, minister of music and pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, will provide the music.
Once participants have encountered Christ and are developing a renewed relationship with Him, they will be lead into a deeper understanding op their divine mission in life. This final component, “Your Divine Mission,” will consist of Deacon Oney giving two evening talks and a day retreat. “Your Divine Mission” is tentatively scheduled for February 2016 in the Trinity Vicariate.
To learn more about “Revive Detroit,” contact Gerardo Hernandez, Vice President of Evangelization for Hope and Purpose Ministries at 504-681-6145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.