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Cell Group discussion

"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)

Prayer Group

"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)

One pair of hands holding another

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”

Christian Booklet: "You are loved"

"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


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.

Evangelii Nuntiandi

The Parish Evangelisation Cell System (PECS) is a formally recognised structure of the Catholic Church used in a number of countries throughout the world.


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.


Find out more about starting PECS in your Parish with our range of information and resources. Network with Parishes who have already adopted PECS and access support.

  • PECS Workshop at CBCEW Conference
    PECS Workshop at CBCEW Conference
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    PECS Workshop at Evangelisation and Discipleship Conference being run by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales (CBCEW). This event was scheduled to take place on 27-29th October 2020 but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will post details here once it is re-arranged.
  • "Come and See" Open Meeting
    "Come and See" Open Meeting
    Time is TBD
    Holy Innocents' Catholic Church
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    Holy Innocents' Catholic Church, Holy Innocents Presbytery, Strickland Way, Orpington BR6 9UE, UK
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    Holy Innocents' Catholic Church, Holy Innocents Presbytery, Strickland Way, Orpington BR6 9UE, UK
    "Come and See" - An open meeting hosted by PECS members with the Archbishop & Deans of the Archdiocese of Southwark. This event was scheduled to take place on 23rd September 2020 at 20:00 but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once a new date is arranged we will post details here.
New Vatican publication: Parish at the service of evangelisation

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy releases a new document to help guide the reform of parish communities. It is entitled “The pastoral conversion of the Parish community in the service of the evangelizing mission of the Church.”

New PECS England Website

Our brand new PECS England website went live today 1st August 2020!

Fr Victor Vella: 'Locked down but not closed down'

Fr Victor Vella is interviewed by Catholic journalist Kristina Cooper to describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and some unexpected fruits

New PECS video testimony available

There is a new PECS video testimony available on the website

 “Do not be afraid of the new, and do not allow  inevitable difficulties to slow down your pace on the path of evangelization: when you are a missionary disciple, enthusiasm can never fail!”
(Pope Francis, 18 November 2019)
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