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Called to be joyful ‘missionary disciples’

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‘Convocation of Catholic Leaders’ meeting engages U.S. faithful to embrace and proclaim joy of Gospel

Earlier this month, I was fortunate to represent the Diocese of Wilmington at the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America,” in Orlando, Fla. Five other delegates from our diocese joined me there: Colleen Lindsey, Deacon Bob and Marie Cousar, Arline Dosman, and Lynne Betts. Although unable to attend, Bishop Malooly kept a watchful eye on us through EWTN broadcasts and frequent telephone conversations.

As part of this unprecedented gathering of clergy, religious, lay parish leaders and volunteers convened by the U.S. bishops, we participated in a variety of presentations and discussions designed to stimulate creative and forward thinking ideas and plans of action for the American church’s response to Pope Francis’ 2013 Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”). As Bishop Edward Burns of Dallas said, it was “a strategic conversation on forming missionary disciples.” Read more »

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Maryland priest hopes summer convocation sparks missionary renewal

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WESTMINSTER, Md. — For Father Mark Bialek, being a priest means enabling his parishioners to evangelize in new ways.

“We can’t just sit comfortably anymore in our parishes and our chanceries and in our homes, but we have to actually go to where the sheep are,” Father Bialek said, comparing the church to a flock.

Father Bialek will attend the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America,” a national gathering in Orlando, Florida, from July 1-4, to learn about evangelization and share ideas with other Catholic leaders. Read more »

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