Certificate in Evangelization

The Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE) exists to help equip Catholics who want to embrace the missionary nature of the Christian life through certificates, talks, and workshops.

If we really ask ourselves, “What is the one thing we as members of the Church are called to do?” The answer is fairly straightforward. We’re called to respond to Jesus’ Great Commission, “Go and make disciples.”

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Created out of our signature one-day workshop, Forming Disciples in Mission, this certification goes deeper in helping you learn what evangelization is and how to better understand the universal call to holiness. Understand your own journey of discipleship, how to live that call to discipleship more fully, and form other disciples to become centers for the New Evangelization.

This certificate runs every other program year.  It last ran in 2021-2022 and is slated to be offered again in 2023-2024.


Workshops are scheduled to be in-person at the Pastoral Center in Braintree (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

Session 1

The New Evangelization:
Teaching the Art of Living

The New Evangelization: Teaching the Art of Living

This session lays out the history, definition, structure, method, and content of the New Evangelization based on The New Evangelization: Building the Civilization of Love by Cardinal Ratzinger. It is the foundation on which later sessions build.  It helps one to know where we have been, where we are going, and how to get there. Topics and documents covered include:

Session 2

Embracing the Call to Holiness

Disciples: Embracing the Call to Holiness

One cannot give what one does not have. Disciples are living the call to holiness and striving for sainthood.  Disciples will make  every sacrifice necessary to grow in relationship with God as well as make every sacrifice to help another embrace a or grow further in relationship with God. This session focuses on intentional discipleship, personal relationship with God lived in the context of the Church, in order to be able to go out and make disciples (Mt 28).

Topics and documents covered include:

  • “There is only one sadness, it is to not be a saint.” – Leon Bloy, The Woman Who Was Poor
  • “The tragedy of not being a saint is both global and personal, temporal and eternal.  A saint’s life sends out ripples of grace that bless many within the Church and outside of it.  When the fruit of a saint’s life is missing, all of us are impoverished.” – Sherry Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples
  • “All the faithful of Christ are invited to strive for the holiness and perfection of their own proper state.  Indeed they have an obligation so to strive.” – Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium (Light of the Nations)
  • “Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and decisive direction.” – Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love)
  • Gaudete et Exsultate – Pope Francis
  • “Grounded in the center who is Jesus Christ, [disciples] are detached from even those things that strike most of us as indispensable, even from physical life itself.  Centered, they are free…Only the person who has attained such freedom, the capacity to move wherever the Spirit prompts, is ready for the mission of Christ.” – Fr. Robert Barron, The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path
  • Christifideles Laici – Pope St. John Paul II
  • “The presence of a significant number of disciples changes everything: a parish’s spiritual tone, energy level, attendance, bottom line, and what parishioners ask of their leaders.  Disciples pray with passion.  Disciples worship.  Disciples love the Church and serve her with energy and joy.  Disciples give lavishly.  Disciples hunger to learn more about their faith.  Disciples fill every formation class in a parish or diocese.  Disciples manifest charisms and discern vocations.  They clamor to discern God’s call because they long to live it.  Disciples evangelize because they have really good news to share.  Disciples share their faith with their children.  Disciples care about the poor and about issues of justice.  Disciples take risks for the Kingdom of God.” – Sherry Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples

Session 3

Journey of Discipleship:
Drawing Closer to Christ

Journey of Discipleship: Drawing Closer to Christ

The Church uses a variety of ways to explain one’s journey of discipleship.  Consider other journeys in your life – the stages of grief when losing a loved one, the progression of a relationship from dating to marriage, and more.  While the details of many journeys we take are unique and unrepeatable, journeys follow identifiable patterns.  The path outlined in this session is a means of identifying common steps along the journey of discipleship with Jesus Christ.

Session 4

Sharing Personal Testimony

Witness: Sharing Personal Testimony

This session puts the idea of living out one’s discipleship into action.  It helps participants look at where they have been in relationship with God and see how God has worked, is working, and will work in their lives.  All who form disciples must know and be able to articulate clearly to others something of their own spiritual journey, their own lived experience of their relationship with God.

Topics and documents covered include:

Session 5

Forming Disciples:
Living the Great Commission

Forming Disciples: Living the Great Commission

Jesus calls his disciples to make disciples of all nations (Mt 28).  This session covers the basics of what one must know to do what Jesus asked, with particular emphasis on the journey of discipleship.  These principles are applicable to every area of life – at work, at home, at church, and out and about in public.  What do you do when you meet a stranger in church? What do you do when you meet someone who is looking to grow in faith? How do you address those who drop their children off at faith formation class but do not attend Mass?  This session addresses what to do in these situations in order to lead others into discipleship.  Intentionally living out discipleship means leading others into discipleship.

Topics and documents covered include:

  • “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20
  • “And what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” – 2 Timothy 2:2
  • “There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed.” – Blessed Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern World)
  • “Jesus had to acquire the disciples from God.  The same is always true.  We ourselves cannot gather men.  We must acquire them by God for God.  All methods are empty without the foundation of prayer.” – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Address to Catechists and Religion Teachers, Jubilee of Catechists, 12 December 2000
  • Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell
  • Making Missionary Disciples – Curtis Martin
  • “Today, we need a Church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a Church which accompanies them on their journey…a Church which realizes that the reasons why people leave also contain reasons why they can eventually return.  But we need to know how to interpret, with courage, the larger picture.” – Pope Francis, Meeting with the Bishops of Brazil, World Youth Day 2013
  • “At every time and in every place, God draws close to man.  He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • “Above all, you will have to pay the price yourself, not so much by rehearsing plays or giving up football games, as by stirring up in yourself a life of prayer.  The extent to which you yourself are able to live on the love of our Lord will be the exact measure of your ability to stir it up in other people.” – Jean-Baptiste Chautard, The Soul of the Apostolate
  • Sharing the Faith that You Love – John and Therese Boucher
  • How to Share Your Faith with Anyone – Terry Barber

Session 6

Evangelizing Parishes:
Centers for the New Evangelization

Evangelizing Parishes: Becoming Centers for the New Evangelization

Parishes that are centers for the new evangelization are parishes where everyone and everything is directed towards one goal: forming intentional disciples.  This session is meant to provide an understanding of the foundation on which evangelizing parishes are built.

Topics and documents covered include:

Certificate Instructors

This certificate is taught by the following instructors.

Chris Donoghue's Bio

Chris is originally from Caldwell, New Jersey and has lived in Massachusetts since 1991. He is a graduate of Boston College with degrees in both Theology and History. After college Chris began a 31-year career in the life insurance industry where he worked in sales, distribution, and account management for the estate planning and charitable giving market.  Throughout his professional career Chris was also actively engaged in serving his parish in a variety of roles including working part-time as a parish youth minister, volunteering in faith formation for both children and adults, serving on the parish RCIA team as catechist and sponsor, and coordinating parish-wide evangelization efforts by running the ChristLife series.

In 2017 Chris left the corporate world and transitioned his passion for the gospel into a full-time position with the Archdiocese of Boston, where he seeks to support parishes in the mission of forming and equipping disciples for the work of evangelization.

Chris and his wife Krissy currently live in Attleboro, MA with their sons Brendan and Kolbe.

Chris Donoghue

Evangelization Consultant
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Melissa Kalpakgian's Bio

Originally from Texas, Melissa brings to the Boston area her southern hospitality and her “y’all.” Melissa has worked in evangelization efforts for the Church in some way, shape, or form for 18 years in different areas of the country, the last 5 in the Archdiocese of Boston. Her fascination with St. John Paul II’s philosophical works led her to pursue a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and her M.A. in Thomistic Philosophy from the Center of Thomistic Studies. She is also certified in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Levels 1, 2, and 3. In her free time, she and her husband strive to discover the meaning of “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:9) in the various facets of life.

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Evangelization Consultant
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Patrick Krisak's Bio

Patrick has worked for the archdiocese since 2014.  He works in the areas of faith formation, ethnic communities, pastoral planning, evangelization, discipleship, and leadership.  Patrick has worked previously in parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston and elsewhere as a Director for Evangelization, Director of Religious Education, and Coordinator of Youth Ministry.  He and his wife have two sons.

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Director of Faith Formation and Missionary Discipleship
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Michael Lavigne's Bio

A native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Michael Lavigne currently serves as Assistant Cabinet Secretary for Evangelization and Discipleship at the Archdiocese of Boston, which includes his work as Director of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation & Parish Support. Additionally, Michael is the President of The Institute for the New Evangelization. 

Previously he was the Senior Associate to the Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelization in Boston and prior to that he was the Director of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation for the Diocese of Portland, Maine. 

For the past 29 years he has served in the Catholic Church in a variety of leadership roles for evangelization and faith formation in diocesan, parish, and Catholic school settings. On the side he has served as a member of the school committee of his hometown and coached middle/high school sports. He is a workshop presenter and retreat facilitator who covers a wide array of topics – from Evangelization to Chastity to Family Life to the Eucharist to the Dignity of Life and more. 

Michael’s most important roles, outside of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, are that of husband and father. He is married to Lori and they are the proud parents of Michael Jr., Mariana, John Paul, Therese, Julia, Chiara, Celeste, and Timothy. The Lavigne’s reside in North Dighton, Massachusetts. Michael and Lori produce a podcast on the domestic church called Raising 8: A Couple of Sinners Trying to Raise Saints (raising8.net). 

Michael has earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and communications from Rhode Island College, as well as a Master of Arts degree in theology from Providence College.

Michael Lavigne

Assistant Cabinet Secretary
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