Convocation of Catholic Leaders

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis challenges us to go forward on the “path of pastoral and missionary conversion which cannot leave things as they presently are.”


A delegation from the Archdiocese of St. Louis has just returned from the historic Convocation of Catholic leaders where they joined nearly 3,500 other Catholic leaders from across the country to collaborate on the first steps on the path to missionary discipleship.

We have a momentous opportunity “to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by the joy of the Gospel” and to form others as missionary disciples.

Now that the delegation has returned, we will reflect, pray, and enter into dialogue with one another so that we will be re-energized in our role as missionary disciples in order to re-energize our various ministries and agencies in the archdiocese.

In the months to come, this delegation will discuss opportunities we have to revitalize and prepare our parishes, schools, movements, and organizations with the tool and renewed zeal to advance the Holy Father’s “dream of a missionary option” for the Church. Administration and managing decline can no longer be our focus. We must be in an active state of mission, spreading the Gospel message to all who would hear it.

I ask for your prayers as this delegation goes forward on the path of conversion and I look forward to sharing with you the fruits of this convocation in the months to come.

May God bless you,

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson


Learn more about the Convocation of Catholic Leaders

Delegates 'get fired up' for historic convocation (St. Louis Review)

Changing landscape requires mutual accompaniment (Catholic News Service)

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