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James Cleaton

Mission Account ID:

200 001

Ministry Bio

Paradigm Missions is a lay apostolate that seeks to foster community and mission in San Diego, California. We believe that the Great Commission is most fully lived out when our mission is inseparable from the building and living out of intentional community life. We seek to be ambassadors of the movement of the Spirit to continually breathe into His Church using the lungs of both community and mission. As Cardinal Cantalamessa said, “we cannot have a new evangelization without a new Pentecost”, and much like that Pentecost 2000 years ago, it must stem from and into a communal way of life.

Paradigm Missions is embarking on an adventure and growing into what the Lord is calling us to do. We do know that we feel a deep call to a “backyard” style of mission to serve within our local community. Much of our efforts are in the areas of high school, young adults, and young families - but we have found that community and mission are fostered best within an intergenerational context. With that in mind, we seek to ensure each pocket of our ministry finds itself within that broader communal context. We also believe that the Lord is calling Paradigm Missions to be a bridge-building entity that is collaborative by nature. We desire to work alongside other Catholic apostolates, communities, and ministries inside and outside of San Diego for the sake of the local Church. We also believe we are called to eventually be a missionary apostolate where young people dedicate at least a year to serving within the apostolate of Paradigm Missions. Once the infrastructure of Paradigm Missions is ready, we will be taking on missionaries to help us more fully live out the calling the Lord has laid on our hearts for San Diego.

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