|Deb Bauer, president of Mater Ecclesiae College.|
As stated on the Regnum Christi website, the mission of
the RC movement is “to bring Christ’s redemptive message to
every heart, and to imbue every human endeavor with the
spirit of the Gospel…to extent Christ’s Kingdom in full collaboration
with the Church and its bishops.”
RC consecrated woman Deb Bauer
will get the opportunity to fulfill this mission in a
notable fashion starting this month both on the local and
Deb, who is President of Mater Ecclesiae College in
Greenville, Rhode Island, has been invited to attend a conference
on the New Evangelization in Washington, DC from September 15-17,
2011, and to participate as a member of the New
Evangelization Committee for the diocese of Providence, Rhode Island.
The New Evangelization conference is sponsored by the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine and
the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic
University of America. Deb’s invitation was extended by Cardinal Donald
Wuerl, who serves as Chairman of the Committee on Doctrine
for the USCCB.
Deb is one of 50 young Catholic theologians
selected to participate in the USCCB conference entitled “The Intellectual
Tasks of the New Evangelization.” Those nominated must have received
a doctorate in theology or a field related to the
New Evangelization within the last five years.
Deb has a
doctorate in Education, and her dissertation is “Lay Principals and
Catholic Elementary Schools: Upholding Catholic Identity.” Hailing from Durand, Wisconsin,
Deb has been a member of the consecrated women for
“I’m excited to attend,” said Deb. “Evangelization is my
Deb remembers “getting goose bumps” as she first read one
of her now favorite documents, “Evangelization in the Modern World”
written by Pope Paul VI. She knew after reading the
document she felt called to do just that. “Before I
was even called to be consecrated, I knew I was
called to missionary work.
“I have been following the new Vatican
committee on Evangelization ever since it was established,” she said.
“There will be a synod on this topic next year.
I am eager to see how we will apply the
ideas during the upcoming conference, and I am excited to
represent Regnum Christi and be able to take back what
I learn to share with everyone in the movement.”
of the speakers at the USCCB conference will include Cardinal
Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Huston; Dr. Janet E. Smith, from Sacred
Heart Seminary in Detroit; Dr. John Cavadini from the University
of Notre Dame; and Archbishop J. A. DiNoia, OP, secretary,
Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the
Sacraments. The closing Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl.
the Local Level
Deb has also been invited by Msgr. Jacques
L. Plante, head of the New Evangelization Committee for the
Diocese of Providence, to be a member of his committee.
Plante said in his letter to Deb that he had
been asked by the Bishop of Providence, Thomas Tobin, to
put together a committee of people from around the diocese
who could “provide suggestions and ideas on the ongoing work
of evangelization” in the Diocese of Providence.
According to Deb, Msgr.
Plante sees the committee as “contemplative” and a sort of
“think tank.” Msgr. Plante said, “I believe that this committee
would offer good insights on ways and opportunities for us
to inculcate a Catholic Ethos among our own members and
thereby within the general society as well.”
Deb explained that she
is acquainted with Msgr. Plante from her work in student
outreach in the Providence diocese. “”He is coming this month
to Mater Ecclesiae to say the inaugural Mass to begin
our school year,” she said.
Let’s keep in our prayers Deb
and all the young theologians and Church leaders working toward
the goal of a New Evangelization!