The Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America

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This summer, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops convened an unprecedented gathering of key leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from all across the country in order to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States. This has been an ongoing initiative of the Bishops’ Working Group on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person. The gathering assembled Catholic leaders for a strategic conversation, under the leadership of the bishops, on forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the culture.

Videos of the Various Sessions – provided by the USCCB

Photos – taken by our delegates

Closing Address from Archbishop Christoph Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Delegates’ Interview with Spirit FM 90.5 (listen below)

Prayer for the 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders

The following people are the delegates from the Diocese of St. Petersburg who attended.



Dale Brown

Associate Director, Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute

Mike and Megan Buckler

Director of Youth Ministry, Our Lady of the Rosary

Sabrina Burton-Schultz

Director, Life Ministries

Gerri Drummond

St. Peter Claver Parish Youth Group Ministry

Mark Dufva

Executive Director of Catholic Charities, DOSP, Inc.

Carlos Flores

Associate Director of Hispanic Ministry / Diocesan Pastoral Council

Diane Kledzik

Associate Director, Evangelization, SCCs & Adult Faith Formation

Rev. Monsignor Robert Morris

Diocesan Vicar General, Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish

Rev. Msgr. Brendan Muldoon

Pastor Emeritus of St. Jerome Parish

Most Rev. Gregory Parkes

Bishop of St. Petersburg

Rev. Justin Paskert

Campus Minister at USF Catholic Student Center, Parochial Vicar of Corpus Christi Parish

Ray and Terry Pawlicki

St. Rita Parish Parishioner and Volunteer

Rev. Robert Schneider

Director, Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Ministry, Pastor of St. Stephen Parish

Mary Woltman

President, Diocesan Council of Catholic Women