June 18, 2017

Positivity: What does ‘the Joy of the Gospel’ look like in the US?

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:00 pm

From Orlando, Florida:

Jun 17, 2017 / 03:35 pm

It’s been nearly four years since Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii gaudium, or “The Joy of the Gospel.” But what does it look like to truly live out the Joy of the Gospel in the U.S.?

That’s the question behind an unprecedented gathering of Catholic leaders from around the country this summer.

On the weekend of July 4th, hundreds of bishops will join with thousands of Catholic leaders from around the country to participate in “The Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America,” a four-day conference to share experiences about the Church engaging with modern U.S. culture.

“Never before has such a large and diverse group assembled under the guidance of the bishops,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, who chairs the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. Speaking to his brother bishops in a June 15 talk, he stressed, “This is truly unlike any other meeting.”

Dr. Jonathan Reyes, executive director of the bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, said in an interview with Register Radio that the Church finds herself in a unique moment, which provides a wealth of opportunities for growth and fruit from this convocation.

“I think it’s the kind of moment the Holy Spirit uses for the Church, to open the Church up to ideas and opportunities,” Reyes said. “It’s about an opportunity that we think the Lord has given, that we believe the Lord has given and that we have to respond to.”

The Convocation of Catholic Leaders will take place July 1-4 in Orlando, Florida, and will bring together a broad swath of bishops, clergy and lay Catholic leaders from around the country.

Focusing on what it means to be a Catholic in the United States, delegations from 155 dioceses and roughly 200 Catholic organizations will be in attendance, along with 160 bishops. Nearly 4,000 people of all ages, backgrounds, and ministerial focuses are expected to attend.

Bishop Malone explained the major role the bishops have played in organizing the event. “It had to be led by us, the bishops. It had to leverage our best research strategy and people.”

“And,” Bishop Malone continued, “it had to be about forming missionary disciples.”

The bishops will be leading each of the panel discussions, round table conversations, liturgies and speeches at the event. Topics will range from the Church and politics, youth evangelization, reaching to the peripheries, family dynamics, technology, life issues, disabilities, application of the Church’s social magisterium and more. …

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