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Sources: Diocese of Orlando, USCCB & EWTN

 Watch recorded sessions of the Convocation of Catholic Leaders July 1-4


 57 men and women from across the Diocese of Orlando will be joining with thousands of faithful from across the United States for the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America, hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Orlando from July 1 – July 4, 2017.

Inspired by Evangelii Gaudium, the Convocation will form leaders who will be equipped and re-energized to share the Gospel as missionary disciples, while offering fresh insights informed by new research, communications strategies, and successful models.

Follow the Convocation conversation online with #CatholicConvo — before, during, and beyond the Convocation!

 

 

 

 SATURDAY – JULY 1 – UNITY 

  • July 1 – Convocation Welcome
    The welcome program for attendees at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 1, 2017.

  • July 1 – Opening Mass 
    The Opening Mass at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 1, 2017.

  • July 1 – Evening Devotion – Mary Mother of Evangelization
    An evening devotion focused on Mary at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 1, 2017.

Discipleship at center of convocation
Delegates to the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” arrive in Orlando, Fla., July 1 to participate in a national conversation about the future of the U.S. church.

 

SUNDAY – JULY 2

  • July 2 – Morning Plenary
    What is the landscape and mission field in which Catholic leaders are called to work? Morning Plenary Session at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 2, 2017.

  • July 2 – Afternoon Plenary
    Who is a “missionary disciple” and what are they called to do? Afternoon plenary session at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 2, 2017.

  • July 2 – Sunday Mass Mercy & Renewal
    The Sunday Mass at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 2, 2017.

  • July 2 – Evening of Adoration and Reflection
    Encountering Jesus Healer of Wounds, this session will reflect on the past and present struggles within and outside the Church. Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 2, 2017.

Convocation leaders say laity is key

Participants in the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” are asked to put their faith in the Holy Spirit to guide them as missionary disciples.

MONDAY-  JULY 3

  • July 3 – Eucharistic Procession
    The morning begins with a Eucharistic procession and benediction at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 3, 2017.

  • July 3 – Morning Plenary  
    Going to the Peripheries, Who is missing from the table? Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 3, 2017.
  • July 3 – Fortnight for Freedom Mass
    Witness and Celebration, an evening Mass to celebrate and pray for religious freedom. Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 3, 2017.

Bishops hearing convocation delegates
Those attending the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” in Orlando, Florida, are told to go to the peripheries to spread the Gospel.

TUESDAY- JULY 4

  • July 4 – Morning Plenary 
    Spirit-Filled Evangelizers Equipped for Excellence, this plenary will focus on helping Catholic leaders become better equipped for success in their evangelization efforts. Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 4, 2017.  

  • July 4 – Mass for Sending
    Mission and Going Forth, the Closing Mass at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 4, 2017.


More on the purpose of the Convocation…

57 men and women from across the Diocese of Orlando will be joining with thousands of faithful from across the United States for the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America, hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Orlando from July 1 – July 4, 2017. The Orlando delegation contains priests, religious sisters, deacons, parish and diocesan staff, and parishioners who work in all areas of ministry including education, vocations, marriage, social justice, sacramental preparation, stewardship, and multi-cultural ministries. While their work with the Body of Christ is varied, each member of the delegation will share a mission to learn how to more effectively bring the joy of the Gospel to the people of God and the culture at large.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Evangelii Gaudium, the Convocation will bring together and form leaders who will be equipped and re-energized to share the Gospel while offering fresh insights informed by new research, communications strategies, and successful models. Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will assess the challenges and opportunities of the time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States, and discuss strategies for forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the culture.

“We will be teachers and also students,” said Bishop John Noonan at a preparatory gathering of the Orlando delegation in June. “We will learn from one another. All of us have the responsibility to bring back and share what we have contributed and received. That will be so important.”

Rafael Gerena, marketing and communications manager for the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida will be attending the Convocation. A native New Yorker, he has watched with sadness as his home parishes have closed over the years and family members have left the Church.

“It hurts me when I see it,” shared Gerena. “The question that preoccupies me is how do I do my little part to help share our Catholic faith with a world that is growing indifferent and is so preoccupied with things that have no meaning. Together, all of us attending need to combine our talents to advance our shared Catholic faith. A robust Catholic Church makes the world a better, happier place.”