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Four-day convocation in Orlando called 'a journey' for U.S. church


  • Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, who is vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, concelebrates the closing Mass July 4 at the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations gathered for the July 1-4 convocation. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
  • Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York smiles as he delivers the homily during the opening Mass of the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" July 1 in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations are gathering for the July 1-4 convocation. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
  • Bishop Edward J. Burns of Dallas speaks before the opening Mass of the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" July 1 in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations are gathering for the July 1-4 convocation. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
  • Bishop John G. Noonan of Orlando, Fla., is seen at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, N.Y., in this 2015 file photo. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
  • Gloria Purvis, a co-host of "Morning Glory" on EWTN Radio, is seen in St. Paul, Minn., March 9. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) -- Theirs was a monumental responsibility: shepherding lay leaders, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, religious, deacons, musicians, event staff and a legion of volunteers at the historic "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" July 1--4 in Orlando.

"This convocation is a journey, and there will be three of us here to guide you through the next four days," said Bishop Edward J. Burns of Dallas, one of the event's emcees.

The consistent presence -- on stage and off -- of Bishop Burns, along with emcee Julianne Stanz, director of new evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and moderator Gloria Purvis, co-host of "Morning Glory" on EWTN Radio, kept the entire program flowing smoothly despite any behind-the-scenes hiccups.

Sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the convocation brought together more than 3,100 lay and religious leaders from 160 dioceses and 185 national organizations. They gathered to explore the current challenges and strengths of the church and its evangelization efforts.

Bishop John G. Noonan of Orlando, host of the convocation, joked that when New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, an event chairman, "called me five years ago to tell me he'd like to come to Orlando in July -- he didn't tell me how many he had invited!"

"Welcome as we celebrate the joy of the Gospel!" Bishop Noonan told the delegates.

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