Parish Cells System of Evangelisation - Ireland
The System of the Parish Cells of Evangelisation dates back to 1987, when the Rev. Don Piergiogio Perini introduced in
Italy a pastoral method learned from Reverend Msgr. Michael J. Eivers, in the United States.
After it’s introduction, in the parish of Sant'Eustorgio in Milan, it began to form numerous parish cells of evangelisation in
different countries of the world. The system provides for the formation of small groups of believers who gather to deepen the
Christian life as a life of faith and evangelization, fortifying through prayer, spiritual and doctrinal formation, and mutual
sharing of concrete experiences of evangelisation. The commitment of the members of each cell for the evangelisation of their
environment, for a personalconversion to Christ also contributes to the profound renewal of parish life.
On 29 May 2008, The Body of the International Service of the Parish Cells System of Evangelisation was set up. On 2 April
2009, the Pontifical Council for the Laity recognised the Body of the International Service of the Parish Cells System of
Evangelisation as a structure at the service of the Parish Cells System, for the support and development of this international
instrument of evangelisation, equipping said organisation with private legal personality, and approved it’s statutes
experimentally for a period of five years.
Given the consolidation and development of the system of the cells during this five-year period and the role played by the
International Service Body;
In view of the fundamental importance for the Church to reinvigorate the missionary identity of the lay faithful and to
solicit pastors in the consciousness of its task of turning the parish into a Community of ardent faith, where members are
"agents of evangelisation" and the parish a "center of constant missionary outreach" (cfr. Francis, Apostolic Exhortation
Evangelii Gaudium, 28);
Having regard to Articles 131-134 of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus of the Roman Curia;
The Pontifical Council for the Laity decreed:
1. confirmation of the approval of the Body of the International Service of the Parish Cells System of Evangelisation, with
private legal personality,according to the norm of canon 116.2 of the Code of Canon Law;
2. The approval of the statutes, modified in writing are today duly authenticated by the Department and deposited in its
Given at the Vatican, April 12, 2015, the Feast of Divine Mercy.
+ Josef Clemens
Stanislaw Card. Rylko