In The Evangelization Equation: The Who, What, and How, Fr. James A. Wehner explores the challenges and the opportunities in American culture for spreading the Gospel. While giving a full presentation of the cultural, historical, pastoral, and theological background of his topic, he also communicates the very practical implications of the call.

The reader, upon finishing this book, will be equipped with the intellectual and practical tools to move forward as an effective evangelist. Readers will be infected by Father Wehner’s enthusiasm and commitment to spreading the Good News to individuals and, by so doing, effect change in our culture. The last sentence of the book expresses both the sure hope and the charge of the New Evangelization for Catholics: “We are the Body of Christ and the gates of hell shall not prevail!”

Includes chapters on:

  • The Reign of Reason and the Advent of the Absurd: From Modernity to the Post-Modern
  • Foundations and Cornerstones: The Essentials of Evangelization
  • The Here and the Now: The Essentials of the New Evangelization
  • The Means and the Method: Hinges of the New Evangelization
  • From Theory to Reality: The New Evangelization in Practice
  • From Planning to Doing: Taking the New Evangelization to the Streets


About the Author 

Fr. James A. Wehner, S.T.D., studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, specializing in dogmatic theology. He served for six years as the Rector of St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh and served in a variety of diocesan offices including director for evangelization, the diaconate, vocations, and clergy formation. From 2009-2012 he served as the Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio. Fr. Wehner is now the Rector and President of Notre Dame Seminary in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Louisiana.
“If you are looking for a watered-down definition of evangelization that refuses to speak the truth that within the Catholic Church is the fullness of Christ, then don’t pick up this book. But if you want a real understanding of the mandate of the Gospels to convert our culture and bring souls to Christ, then this is the book for you.”
—Robert P. Lockwood, former President of Our Sunday Visitor and Director for Communications, Diocese of Pittsburgh
“Fr. Wehner’s research gives a broad explanation of the new evangelization that will prepare and challenge the reader to become a major player in evangelization.”
—Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, S.T.D., Bishop of Birmingham, Alabama
“Fr. Wehner has written a very readable and yet comprehensive explanation of what the ‘new evangelization’ is and, just as importantly, what it is not. The Evangelization Equation provides helpful clarification and practical considerations for all concerned with answering the Church’s call for a new evangelization.”
—Most Rev. Paul J. Bradley, Bishop of Kalamazoo, Michigan

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