Convocation of Catholic Leaders to Join Bishops at Unprecedented Summit

Next summer in Orlando, between 3-4,000 Catholic leaders from across the United States – including bishops, heads of national Catholic organizations, lay movements, religious orders and diocesan ministries and programs – will meet to discuss ways to be missionary disciples in today’s world.

“This really is an unprecedented event,” said Jonathan Reyes, executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Titled the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America,” will be held in Orlando, Florida, July 1-4, 2017 and has been planned since the nation’s bishops approved the idea six years ago and is an invitation-only event.

Said Reyes, “Leaders” are both official leaders within the Church – people occupying diocesan or parish offices, educators and directors – but also those who exercise leadership in apostolic efforts outside of the diocesan structure (both local and national), for example: Catholic leaders from various segments of the laity – such as those in higher education, business and cultural leaders, as well as Catholic young adults and emerging leaders.