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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 


Each year, the international organism meets with cells from across the globe to inspire and equip those who are part of the cells, including all the parishes involved across England. This is a time for fellowship and growth for all cell leaders who are able to make the event.

This year's focus is "Parish on Fire: a New Way of Being Parish".

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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


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.


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.

Watch the media coverage here 

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.

2015 Decree

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