convocation of catholic leaders

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.

MEET THE RADICALS

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 

CONVOCATION OF CATHOLIC LEADERS | Evangelists must fight the "culture of 'meh' "

Delegates listened as Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron was projected on a screen July 4 during the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations gathered for the July 1-4 convocation.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Delegates at the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders. The Joy of the Gospel in America" have their work cut out for them but they are equipped to do it, said speakers at the final plenary session July 4.

"The saints always loved a good fight and we should like a good fight too," said keynote speaker Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Los Angeles.

CONVOCATION OF CATHOLIC LEADERS | Imitate Jesus in reaching the margins

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, who is vice president of USCCB, distributed Communion during the closing Mass July 4 at the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations gathered for the July 1-4 convocation.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jesus took a few loaves and fishes and turned them into a feast for thousands, offering the Church an example of faith in action, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in sending 3,500 delegates home from the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America."

CONVOCATION OF CATHOLIC LEADERS | Convocation delegates urged to take Gospel to struggling people everywhere

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, who is vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke July 3 during the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations gathered for the July 1-4 convocation.

ORLANDO, Fla -- Being Christian is more than accepting Jesus as savior, but requires the faithful to go to the peripheries of society where people are struggling materially and spiritually, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America."

"Jesus calls us to follow Him. That is an action, a decision that implies a way of life," Archbishop Gomez said during a plenary session July 3, the third day of the convocation.

CONVOCATION OF CATHOLIC LEADERS | Changing landscape requires mutual accompaniment

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori carried a monstrance under a canopy as he leads a Eucharistic procession during the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" July 3 in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations are gathering for the July 1-4 convocation.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The U.S. Catholic Church's increasing diversity presents Catholics with the opportunity to accompany each other on the journey of faith Pope Francis envisions, a Boston College professor told delegates to the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" in Orlando.

Hosffman Ospino, associate professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, said the changes in the landscape are a sign of strength and present new opportunities to welcome newcomers into the Church family.

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