"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
"You have the vocation of being like a seed through which the parish community examines its missionary existence, and for this reason you feel irresistibly within you the call to meet everyone to proclaim the beauty of the Gospel." (Pope Francis, September 2015)
The Parish Evangelisation Cells are not another programme or group in the parish, but a model of a missionary outreach Church in a given territory; the Parish Evangelisation Cell System is the parish in “constant exodus, pilgrimage and exile”
"The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration. In all its activities the Parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelisers… It is a centre of constant missionary outreach" (Pope Francis)
Parish Evangelisation Cell System (PECS)
National website for England
WHAT IS THE PARISH EVANGELISATION CELL SYSTEM?
PECS is a method of Parish-based evangelisation that
operates in small groups that meet weekly or fortnightly in people's homes.
They are called cell groups because cells in the human body are living, vibrant, multiplying units. They are programmed to multiply or die and so it is with cell groups.
The system is a Vatican-approved formally recognised entity within the Catholic Church.
Read our powerful testimonies from ordinary lay people who have accepted the call to become "missionary disciples" as a result of PECS and the transformative effects on the life of the whole Parish.