The Year of the Laity in Brazil ran from the Solemnity of Christ the King in 2017 to the Solemnity of Christ the King in 2018. The central theme was the presence and action of lay Christians as “branches, salt, light and leaven” in the Church and society. The theme pertained to lay Christians as subjects in a Church going forth in the service of the Kingdom. The general objective was: “As Church, People of God – to celebrate the presence and organization of lay Christians in Brazil; deepen its identity, vocation, spirituality, mission and witness to Jesus Christ and His Kingdom in society.” The program carried out action in 2 main areas: the Church and society. With respect to the ecclesial arena, there was the formation of lay ministries of coordination and promotion of communities, pastoral programs and movements with meetings, courses, seminars and weeks of mission, among others.
The Year of the Laity also involved the strengthening and articulation of community networks and the strengthening of regional and Diocesan councils of laity. With respect to the societal arena, there was the promotion of social participation to strengthen social control and participative management (councils relevant to the exercise of various rights, legislative monitoring groups, grassroots initiatives, audiences, referendums, among others). Mobilization of the Brazilian society also took place so as to perform a citizens’ audit of the public debt with schools of faith and politics, and biblical circles regarding the public debt.