A delegation from CMSM recently participated in an unprecedented gathering of Catholics from across the United States in Orlando, Florida organized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Entitled a “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America,” the event was held from July 1-4 and brought together more than 3,100 people, mainly laity but also more than 150 bishops and 500 priests and deacons.
For four days of speeches, panels, Masses and much conversation, the convocation became a tangible expression of church unity and missionary zeal.
A tour de force was the final address by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio to the United States. He called the gathering “a new Catholic moment, a privileged time to be renewed for the mission of evangelization in this country.”
Weaving together references to nearly every plenary talk, the archbishop showed that he had not just attended every session, but had listened as well.
The nuncio called the convocation a “journeying together” that strengthened “our common bonds.”