A call to be radical

When speakers at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders started making calls to be "radical," one would have expected cautious gasps.

Instead, a crowd of 3,500 let out enthusiastic applause. They knew why they'd been appointed as delegates to the historic meeting, and they knew that term would become a rally cry.


For convocation delegates, it’s about unifying in faith in a troubled world

Nick Lee, left, Karen Nollkemper, Theresa Ruzicka and Kurt Nelson prayed at an evening Marian devotion service July 1 at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America in Orlando, Fla. They were among the St. Louis delegates that are now charged with leading the archdiocese toward building missionary disciples.

ORLANDO, Fla. — For some it was about keeping young people in the Church. Others wanted to hear about diocesan ministries in another locale and perhaps bring an idea home. A few more were glad they could be heard by a bishop or two.

Whatever their reason to travel to hot, humid Florida for four days in the middle of summer, the 3,500 delegates to the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" headed home July 4 with renewed energy to set a new course for the U.S. Catholic Church.


Carolyn Yandell shared her ideas and experiences with other St. Louis delegates at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America in Orlando, Fla.

Catholic Convocation delegates reflect on the call to missionary discipleship 

Delegates ‘get fired up’ for historic convocation

Sixteen laypeople, a parish pastor and a deacon will join Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso at an historic gathering of Catholic leaders Saturday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 4 in Orlando, Fla.

Viewpoint | Helping our priests through leadership, unity

Teak Phillips

Good shepherds need quality sheep.

Leaders can be measured, in part, by their culture. Great leaders develop environments in which all are encouraged to lead -- by example, by reward, by love.

Last week priests of the archdiocese spent a week learning about leadership. The theme of this year's quadrennial convocation was "Fostering a Culture of Leadership," and our priests were learning to assess and hone their leadership skills to assist us all in our hike with Jesus Christ.

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