Welcome to The Ambassador Ministry
The goal of this invitational ministry will be to invite Catholics to a greater involvement in the life of their parishes, attendance at Sunday Mass and if needed, personal accompaniment to address those issues that are stumbling blocks to active participation in the life of the Church.
To serve as an ambassador of Christ is to serve the evangelical mandate to bring the Word of salvation in Jesus Christ, in an effective and personal manner, to every believer and non-believer alike.
Please see the segments below to receive a better understanding of the requirements to participate, a description of the formation experience and how to register.
Requirements for Participation
Those who wish to enroll in this formational experience are required:
The Formation Experience
The formational experience for all “ambassadors” will begin with an invitation to study, prayer and reflection. The formation program, through the Augustine Institute, will be done both online and in person. All those in formation are asked to attend all seven sessions online and two sessions to be held in person.
For an outline of the program and a short preview of the online study, click Next:
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Introductory in person Sessions will be held October 11th through October 13th at the following three schools:
A one hour (7 PM to 8 PM) in-person session will be held to begin formation with the celebration of Evening Prayer, followed by a presentation of the Ambassador formation program and its requirements and a discussion of the nature of invitational ministry. All participants are asked to attend only one of these sessions.
To register for an orientation session, we ask that you complete the registration form linked here:
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Part I – Basic Formation: "The Search"
Online formation will consist of four one-hour Zoom sessions, from 7 PM to 8 PM.
For a preview of this Augustine Institute program, please view this trailer:
Midway through basic formation, all participants are invited to attend an optional evening of Prayer and Reconciliation with Bishop Caggiano at Saint Augustine Cathedral - date TBD
Basic Formation will conclude with an in-person session during the week of November 14th. The purpose of this sessions is to share feedback and discuss plans for Part Two.
Part II – Custom Tracks
It is envisioned that participants will have their choice to participate in one of two Formed programs - "Forgiven" or "Presence", although prior experience has shown that most participants are excited to do both. The dates for this formation will be on December 1 & 15 and January 5 & 19, via Zoom, from 7 PM to 8 PM. If you would like to view a preview of these programs, please click on the following links:
Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession
Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession, explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God's love. By looking at God's revelation of his mercy in Scripture and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite itself, Forgiven communicates God's invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist
Although the Eucharist appears to be simple bread and wine, it is actually the "source and summit" of the Christian life. Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist explores the truth and beauty of Christ's real presence in the Eucharist, from its origins in Sacred Scripture, to its profound role in the life of the Church and her members. It is the crescendo of the entire story of salvation.
Part III – Tools for Evangelization
For those participants who wish to continue their preparation to enter invitational ministry, you will be asked to attend a series of formational sessions, held both online and in person, to explore both the human and ministerial tools needed to effectively undertake this ministry.
Dates and times are forthcoming.
January 29th at the Cathedral Parish, Bridgeport
Upon completion of the formation listed above, plans are underway to invite all “ambassadors” to a Commissioning Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank Caggiano.
More information will be forthcoming regarding this Mass.