Be part of a global community
The Parish System of Evangelization Cells (SCPE) is a global method of evangelisation that operates in small groups that meet weekly or fortnightly in homes.
The Parish System of Evangelization Cells originated in 1987, when Don Piergiorgio Perini, known as Fr PiGi, called forty faithful to share the commitment to transform the parish of Sant'Eustorgio in Milan into an ardent community of faith and dedicated to evangelisation. The first Cell was born. Soon the experience spread, as if by contagion, first throughout the parish of Sant'Eustorgio and then in many other parishes.
On May 29, 2008, the International Service Organization of the Parish System of Evangelisation Cells was established, which recognised Reverend Don Piergiorgio Perini as Founder and President of the Parish System of Evangelization Cells.
On April 2, 2009, the Pontifical Council, signed by Mgr. Josef Clemens, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, decrees:
1) The recognition of the International Service Organization of the Parish System of Evangelization, as a structure that aims to enhance,
to develop and spread the parish cell system of evangelization;
2) The approval of the Statute of the aforementioned Body, duly authenticated by the Dicastery
The commitment of the members of each cell for the evangelisation of their environment, for a personal conversion to Christ also contributes to the profound
renewal of parish life.
Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, 2015
USED BY PARISHES
Join the community of parishes who have embraced PECS for their own communities.
PECS England is a group of clergy and laity who support and promote the Parish Evangelisation Cell System (PECS) within Catholic Parishes in England.
PECS England is overseen by Fr Victor Vella who is the National PECS coordinator for England.
Fr Victor works closely with the International Council of the Parish System of Evangelisation Cells and meets regularly with promoters and coordinators in various countries.
RECOGNISED BY THE HOLY SEE
The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life recognised the International Council (Organismo Internazionale) as an 'international instrument of evangelization' in 2009 and approved the Parish Cell System of Evangelisation initially for a period of five years.
A decree issued in 2015 by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life cemented the Parish Cells System of Evangelisation as an official means for parish evangelisation recognised and approved under canon 116.2 of the Code of Canon Law.