The Joy of the Gospel
Helping to form leaders who will be ready to share the Gospel as missionary disciples, while examining insights from new research, fresh communications strategies and best practices is the goal of the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America, being held July 1-4 in Orlando, Florida.
The Knights of Columbus is the premier sponsor of this gathering inspired by Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson will address the convocation on “Going to the Peripheries” during the plenary session on July 3. He is also a participant in the breakout session "Missionary Disciples in Solidarity with the Suffering Church" on the same day.
On Sunday, Deputy Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly participated in a breakout session on the “Church's Relationship with the State." The session examined the church-state relationship in the United States, the role of the Church in public life, and the opportunities and challenges related to the Church's role in bringing the Gospel to bear on public life.
During the discussion, Deputy Supreme Knight Kelly talked about his background and, in particular, his work for the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Religious Freedom. In addition, he observed that the United States' experience of religious freedom had a strong influence on the Second Vatican Council and how the Church would eventually articulate its vision of religious freedom.
The paradox of our present moment is that Pope Francis is asking us more and more to go to the peripheries and be missionary disciples, and at the same time this is harder to do because of greater restrictions on religious freedom.
The deputy supreme knight was also a participant in the breakout session, "Amoris Laetitia: Families as Principal Agents of the New Evangelization.” This meeting of leaders from Catholic organizations and dioceses around the country was convened by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to help examine and discuss challenges for the Church, particularly the Church in America. It is an ongoing initiative of the Bishops' Working Group on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person.