Where Are the Missionaries? (Mission of the Redeemer Part 1)

Did you know that you are called to be a missionary? In this episode, Mike and Dave begin their examination of the document Mission of the Redeemer. They explain the call of every Christian to be a missionary and what that might look like for each of us.

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Every Christian, everyone who has been baptized, is called to be a missionary.


Have questions for Mike and Dave? Email them at eksb@ascensionpress.com.

What You Need to Know

In this season of Every Knee Shall Bow, Mike and Dave are looking at some of St. John Paul II’s greatest works on evangelization. They are looking at these works to help you become a better evangelist. This is a masterclass from a master evangelist.

The three works Mike and Dave are going through this season are Redeemer of Man, Mission of the Redeemer, and Splendor of Truth. In Redeemer of Man, we will come to understand why the Incarnation matters. Mission of the Redeemer examines the missionary impulse of the Church and how it shapes everything we do. Finally, in Splendor of Truth, we will learn what it looks like to pursue discipleship. It will teach us to move beyond the Kerygma to catechesis on Christian living.

Read through the documents and follow along with Mike and Dave so that you can deepen your love and knowledge of actually proclaiming the faith.

It was St. John Paul II’s hope to see the whole of humanity united to Christ.

In this episode, Mike and Dave begin their discussion on the Mission of the Redeemer. This document examines the missionary dimension of the Church and how it shapes everything we do as Catholics. This is a very “boots on the ground” and practical guide for Catholics in evangelization.

Ponder These Things

“Every Christian, everyone who has been baptized, is called to be a missionary.”

“You cannot call yourself a Christian if you do not share Christ.”

“What does it mean to join the Kingdom of Heaven? To accept the mercy of the Father in Jesus Christ.”

 “The family has great power in witnessing to Jesus Christ as the Lord.”

“Healing is an encouragement to go further.”

“If you want to spread the Kingdom of Heaven, you must show mercy.”

“It isn’t just about teaching rules or explaining facts. It is about introducing people to a person: Jesus Christ.”

Practical Takeaways

To help in your growth as an evangelist/missionary, take some time to thoughtfully answer these questions.

  1. Are you a missionary? How are you a missionary?
  2. Do you just sneak knowledge or are you out there demonstrating mercy? 
  3. When you seek healing, is it so that you can draw closer to Christ or are you just looking for healing?


Meet Your Hosts


Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael has been leading evangelization and ministry efforts for the past ten years, both as a full-time parish staff member and as a speaker and consultant for parishes, dioceses, and Catholic campus ministries.

Mike is also the founder and creative director of LayEvangelist.com, and the producer and cohost of a Catholic young adult podcast Catching Foxes, which discusses the collision of Faith and Culture.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and they have about 1,000 children and get about 3 hours of sleep a night, which is alright by him.


David “Dave” VanVickle

Dave VanVickle

Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen and has since dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.

He is a speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.

Dave resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Amber and their five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.