Orlando, Fla., Jul 2, 2017 / 13:35 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 are joining 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 talk, he stressed, "This is truly unlike any other meeting."