St. John Eudes gave us a mission to be evangelizers as well as those who prepare good workers for the Gospel.
A Ministry of Evangelization
One of the needs of the Church in 17th century France was to help Catholic people grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. St. John Eudes used the popular parish mission as a tool in this effort. Today we speak of the need for a “new evangelization” (as Pope John Paul II called it). There is still a need in every part of the world for this renewal in faith. Whether in parishes, spiritual renewal centers or other ministry settings, we seek to renew the faith of the People of God.
Forming Good Workers for the Gospel
In his time, St. John Eudes saw the need for good leadership in the Church if the renewal of faith was to be sustained. For this reason he began some of the first seminaries in France. Today our expanded notion of ministry in the Church has broadened our understanding of “forming good workers for the gospel.” We Eudists still offer formation for seminarians in various parts of the world. We are also involved in the ongoing formation of those already ordained. Likewise, we assist in the formation of religious and lay organizations. Yet, the new challenge for us as Eudists is also to provide the necessary formation for the increasing number of laypeople who have responded to the call to serve Christ through various Church ministries.