Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity (Ad Gentes Divinitus) (December 7, ), in Austin Flannery, ed., Vatican Council II: The. AD GENTES DIVINITUS Decree of the Second Vatican Council on the Church’s missionary activity. The Church’s mission is defined as. Ad Gentes (Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church) is a decree released during the Second Vatican Council that announces the Catholic Church’s.

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Therefore, all must be converted to Him, made known by the Church’s preaching, and all must be incorporated into Him by baptism and into the Church which is His body.

Ad Gentes (Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church)

Then, when the sacraments of Christian initiation have freed them from the power of darkness cf. Therefore, by the Holy Spirit, who distributes the charismata as He wills for the common good 1 Cor.

Augustine, Sermo4 PL 38, There are many rich opportunities to teach about mission in the parish: Therefore, let the missionaries, God’s coworkers, cf. Then, when He had by His death and His resurrection completed once for all in Himself the mysteries diinitus our salvation and the renewal of all things, the Lord, having now received all power in heaven and on earth cf.

But in mission lands, let laymen, whether foreigners or autochthonous, teach in schools, administer temporal goods cooperate in parish and diocesan activities, and organize and promote various forms of the lay apostolate, in order that the faithful of the young churches may be able to take part as soon as possible in the life of the Church.

Teaching the Spirit of Mission Ad Gentes: Continuing Pentecost Today

Sent by legitimate authority, they go out in faith and obedience to those who are far from Christ. The members of the Church are impelled to carry on such missionary activity by reason of the love with which they love God and by which they desire to share with all men the spiritual goods of both its life and the life to come.


To be equal to all these tasks, laymen need the necessary technical and spiritual preparation, which should be given in institutes destined for this; so that their lives may be a witness for Christ among non – Christians, according to the words of the Apostle: Missionary activity is closely bound up even with human nature itself and its aspirations.

It is also necessary to coordinate the information, and to cooperate with national and international agencies. Augustine gemtes, “City of God,” PL 41, In our time, when there are so few clerics to preach the Gospel to such great numbers and to exercise the pastoral ministry, the position of catechists is of great importance. He will ask of God the power and strength, that he may know that there is an overflowing of joy amid much testing of tribulation and deep poverty 2 Cor.

They carry with them both the Word and sacrament. Therefore the Son of God walked the ways of a true Incarnation that He might make men sharers in the nature of God: They are assigned with a special vocation who, being endowed with a suitable natural temperament, and being fit as regards talent and other qualities, have been trained to undertake mission work; 3 or be they autochthonous or be they foreigners: Thomas Aquinas, commentary on Matt.

And hence missionary activity today as always retains its power and necessity. Thus they will prepare the way for the Lord and make Him somehow present. Let him learn to be self – sufficing in whatever circumstances Phil. Doubtless, the Holy Spirit was already diinitus work in the world before Christ was glorified.

The seed which is the word of God, watered by divine dew, sprouts from the good ground and draws from thence its moisture, which it transforms and assimilates into itself, and finally bears much fruit. All these things, though necessary for everyone who is sent to the nations, can scarcely be attained to in reality by individual missionaries. And hence whatever seems to her good and noble that they confirm and perfect” namely those reborn in Christ AAS They should do this, not only with a view to the feeding the faithful flock, and to the celebrating of divine worship, but also to the preaching of the Fivinitus to those outside, let them show themselves ready, and when the occasion presents itself, let them with a willing heart offer the bishop their services for missionary work in distant gentfs forsaken areas of their own diocese or of other dioceses.


Religious institutes of the contemplative and of the active life have so far played, and still do play, the main role in the evangelization of the world. All bishops, as members of the body of bishops succeeding to the College of Apostles, are consecrated not divinktus for some one diocese, but or the salvation of the entire world.

Finally, it lays out guidelines for the training and actions of the missionaries. Sometimes He even visibly anticipates the Apostles’ acting, 11 just as He unceasingly accompanies and directs it in different gents.

Let them cooperate genntes for the sake of Christ, their common Lord: Let religious men and women, and the laity too, show the same fervent zeal toward their countrymen, especially toward the poor. But they must give expression to this newness of life in the social and cultural framework of their own homeland, according to their own national traditions.

Therefore, let the minds of the students be kept open and attuned to an acquaintance and an appreciation of their own nation’s culture. There are many divinitys to accomplish this: This mystery of Christ and of man’s salvation they can discover and live in the liturgy. For the doctrine itself, cf. Augustine, ” Tract on John ” 11, 4 PL 35, Let him have an ardent spirit of power and of love and of prudence cf.