RENEW 2000

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Start Date: 
Mon, 12/01/1997
End Date: 
Sun, 12/31/2000

RENEW 2000, sponsored by RENEW International under the direction of Rev. Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler, represented the most massive evangelization and spiritual renewal process experienced by the Catholic Church in the United States. Directors launched the project in October 1998 with 34 dioceses and 2,000 parishes participating, with another 14 dioceses and clusters of dioceses in October 1999. The original process, simply called RENEW, had already been in 12,000 American Catholic parishes. RENEW 2000 concentrated on using lay parishioners alongside priests and religious, with the twin foci being conversion and community. <p> Based off the themes of Pope John Paul II’s Tertio Millennio Adveniente, RENEW 2000 led parishioners through five sequential six-week “seasons” of spiritual reflection, growth and nurturance in the faith that moved beyond nominal membership, external conformity and sporadic, superficial worship. The process was carried out over three years, following a time of preparation. The five themes were: God; A Community of Love; Conversion; Outreach through Evangelization; and Reconciliation and Renewing the Church for the 21st Century. Grant activities to support the project included: research for helping parishes conduct RENEW 2000; resource development; priests’ retreats and seminars; Parish Mission Workshops; Small Christian Communities training; liturgical workshops; evangelization workshops; ecumenism workshops; and others. According to their website,, RENEW has spread to over 50 dioceses with approximately 2,000 parishes, involving five million people in the overall process.