The Sacred Heart of Jesus Who Leaves the 99


Jesus addressed this parable to the Pharisees and scribes:
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
(Luke 15: 3-5)

Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus!  That Heart that leaves the 99 to go in search of the one- that’s you…and me!  This is our gospel today!

So many know and love the hearts all these great speakers above… who are so near to that Sacred Heart of Jesus– (especially at Steubenville Youth Conference Time!)

They continue to endlessly spend themselves reaching our youth and all audiences who are at every step on the journey. (Even if they’ve lost their way and missed a few steps on that path back to God.)

They want to be like Christ and leave the 99!  And now want to show us how to do it in our own areas!

Their time with Christ in prayer and their teamwork with Ascension Press have moved them beyond all comfort zones to find the one who may need God the most.

And so they’re coming to us…from the stages of Steubenville Conferences, to the varied events around the world and now to the small parish groups in your town. Give a listen to the trailer here, and the see what Ascension Press’ message is to us today!

May God’s “Sacred Heart” Kingdom come by way of the Great and Good Shepherd, and our great speakers here with hearts filled with His Love!


Ascension Launches New Program to Engage Catholics
and Encourage Evangelization in 2019 and Beyond

The 99 is a three-part system for evangelization aimed at kick-starting a renewal
within parish walls and beyond.

Ascension has launched a new system for evangelization called The 99 to engage Catholics and encourage them to evangelize the Church, their communities, and the culture. The system is made up of three parts, each designed to help Catholics easily organize an effective, ongoing evangelization effort within their parish walls and beyond: a short series of “mission” videos, a leadership training component, and a book. Each draws on the expertise of a group of experienced evangelization experts to help inspire Catholic individuals and groups to “go out into the deep” and share the Gospel.

“Until recent decades, evangelization wasn’t something most Catholics talked about. Then when more of us finally did start talking about it, we quickly realized it was something we weren’t really sure about. We knew the information, but we weren’t exactly sure how to share it,” says Mark Hart, author of The 99. “At a time in our world when many are interested in ‘spirituality’ and finding meaning and purpose in life, why do we feel hindered or afraid to talk about God even with those close to us? That’s where The 99 comes in.”

The 99 Experience is the centerpiece of the program and features a short series of inspirational video presentations to bring Catholics together and spark prayer and conversation.The 99 Masterclass features a lineup of seasoned evangelists, who share their experiences and knowledge in the field of touching hearts. Aimed at equipping leaders to become more effective in reaching and engaging people where they are at, The 99 Masterclass features presenters such as Fr. Mike Schmitz, Fr. Joshua Johnson, Sr. Miriam Heidland, and Leah Darrow. The 99 Masterclass is also designed to prepare parishes to host The 99 Experience. The third and final component is The 99 Handbook, which is a short book that makes the case that a life of faith is necessary, reasonable, and rewarding. It serves as an ideal follow-up to The 99 Experience. The goal of the program is for Catholics to experience a deeper personal connection with Christ and to motivate them to begin sharing their story and their joy with those around them.

“We all want those in our parishes to know the Lord. How can we really introduce and re-introduce people to the love of God, to the mercy of God, to the answer, the solution, the Savior who is Jesus Christ, who we all need daily?” asks Mark Hart. “Anyone who works in ministry knows that the need always seems to exceed what you have. My hope is that you’re going to see this as not just another study or program, but something more, something that can kick-start a movement or renewal within your parish walls and beyond.”

For more information on The 99, please visit

The 99 is published by Ascension, the Catholic faith formation leader. Ascension has produced acclaimed study programs, books, and free content for over 20 years, and has helped over one million Catholics on their faith journey.

To request additional information on The 99 and/or to schedule an interview with author and presenter Mark Hart, please contact Carrie Kline at:

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