“Catholics For Freedom of Religion” was privileged to be invited to:
“A New Catholic Movement in the United States”
National Catholic Register, July 24, 2017
Over 100 Bishops joined 3,500 Catholic leaders, priests and religious from across the United States, as they gathered in Orlando, FL from July 1-4, for the unprecedented and invitation-only gathering of “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.”
“It succeeded in gathering men and women who love the Church – from all over the U.S., from various cultural backgrounds and with different roles and perspectives in the Church, … with their bishops to pray together … and invite the Holy Spirit to lead us in going forth,” said a key organizer. The attendees spent the days in prayer and discussion, hearing from a series of speakers on a specific theme each day. Nationally known speakers included Cardinal Timothy Dolan, NY, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Washington, Archbishop Jose Gomez, Los Angeles, law professor Helen Alvare, and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus.
The convocation strove to equip Catholic leaders with the tools, knowledge and common purpose to meet the next challenging years with confidence and the joy of discipleship.
Catholics For Freedom of Religion was happy to provide our ideas and resources to laymen and clergy. We shared our mission to educate and inspire, on a non-partisan basis, for First Amendment Freedom of Religion – how rare it is, how dearly it was purchased for us and how quickly it can be lost.
We were honored to be part of the Diocese of Rockville Centre delegation led by Bishop John Barres.
“We are here at this convocation to set the course for what can be a new Catholic moment in the United States.”
Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor, Boston College