What is REDCAMP?
REDCAMP (Redemptorist Camp of Evangelisation) International Camp of Evangelisation is a week-long retreat to prepare participants for the direct proclamation of the Word of God. The school is a response to an encouragement to the baptised, by the pastors of the Catholic Church, to take over the work of the new evangelisation.
REDCAMP is organized by the Secretary for the new missionary initiatives of the Conference of the Redemptorists in Europe.
Changing societies and cultures call us to something new: to live our communitarian experience of faith in a renewed way and to proclaim it through an evangelisation that is “new in its ardour, in its methods, in its expressions” (John Paul II ), evangelisation, that is directed at “those who, though baptised, have drifted away from the Church and live without reference to the Christian life… to help these people encounter the Lord, who alone fills our existence with deep meaning and peace; and to favour the rediscovery of the faith, that source of grace which brings joy and hope to personal, family and social life” (Benedict XVI). – Message of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation, in October 2013.
The primary objective of REDCAMP is to prepare evangelists to take forward the work of the New Evangelisation. Participants gain knowledge and practical experience in how to share their faith with others and how to become builders of faith in their own countries and communities.
The school’s program covers the following areas:
Before saying anything about the forms that this new evangelisation must assume, we feel the need to tell you with profound conviction that the faith determines everything in the relationship that we build with the person of Jesus who takes the initiative to encounter us. The work of the new evangelisation consists in presenting once more the beauty and perennial newness of the encounter with Christ to the often distracted and confused heart and mind of the men and women of our time, above all to ourselves. – Message of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation, in October 2013.
The school gives you experience of a personal relationship with God, of strengthening the faith and learning how to pray. During the training and evangelism, there is time for communal and personal prayer. The celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of each day. There is also a time for community prayer of adoration, as well as for personal adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the possibility to take part in the sacrament of reconciliation and penance, or conversation with a spiritual leader.
We must form welcoming communities in which all outcasts find a home, concrete experiences of communion which attract the disenchanted glance of contemporary humanity with the ardent force of love. […] It is up to us today to render experiences of the Church concretely accessible, to multiply the wells where thirsting men and women are invited to encounter Jesus, to offer oases in the deserts of life. Christian communities and, in them, every disciple of the Lord are responsible for this – Message of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation, in October 2013.
An important part of the school is the experience of community. Participation in the international event is an opportunity for participants to get to know new people from different countries and to exchange experiences, and perhaps to visit each other after the school is over, to better understand the countries of new friends made during the week.
We need not invent new strategies as if the Gospel were a product to be placed in the market of religions. We need to rediscover the ways in which Jesus approached persons and called them, in order to put them into practice in today’s circumstances. – Message of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation, in October 2013.
During the school, participants are trained to evangelise through participation in thematic conferences and practical workshops demonstrating how to effectively preach the Gospel in different contexts. It is also a time to prepare evangelistic programmes that will be used at the time of evangelisation.
It is up to us today to render experiences of the Church concretely accessible, to multiply the wells where thirsting men and women are invited to encounter Jesus, to offer oases in the deserts of life. Christian communities and, in them, every disciple of the Lord are responsible for this: an irreplaceable testimony has been entrusted to each one, so that the Gospel can enter the lives of all. This requires of us holiness of life. – Message of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation, in October 2013.
After the training, participants will be sent to take part in a ministry of evangelisation.