In the summer of 2004, 20 Missionaries from Saint Paul's Outreach (SPO) gathered at the first ever School of the New Evangelization (SNE). Here Missionaries were equipped for their role on campus for the upcoming year. Over the next 12 years, SNE would grow significantly in size, scope, and influence to become the premier immersive evangelization training experience for Catholic college students in the United States.
As more and more students and campus ministry leaders heard about the impact of SNE on college campuses, attendance steadily grew - from 20 in 2004 to 400 this summer. And naturally, interest in starting new SPO Chapters around the country quickly followed. Thus, SPO's expansion from two Chapters in one state (2004) to 16 Chapters across eight states (2016) can be directly linked to the growth, dynamism, and effectiveness of the School of the New Evangelization.
And now, it's time for another leap.
In order to increase our impact nationally, make room for more students and campus ministry leaders, and to respond to Jesus' call to "make disciples of all nations" in August 2017, SPO will for the first time host two SNEs:
- SNE Minnesota at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
- SNE Ohio at Catholic Youth Summer Camp near Columbus, OH.
Stay tuned for more information about dates and registration. In the meantime, please pray for the 400 students and campus ministry leaders who recently gathered at our largest SNE to-date (August 6-13, 2016). They are about to hit their campuses with the love of Jesus at the start of the school year. Read our latest post to hear more detail on our last nation-wide SNE.
If you'd like more information about SNE, check out the website. And for an insider's look at what SNE is all about, check out our first ever SNE Documentary (below)!