The success of the Convocation is not what happened in July2017, but what happens next – in the days, weeks, months, and years beyond this
historic gathering to advance a next chapter of evangelization and the
formation of missionary disciples across the United States.
The goal of the Convocation was for Catholic leaders to be
inspired by the joy of the Gospel, fueled by Pope Francis' call in Evangelii Gaudium, and to be sent out in
their dioceses, parishes, apostolates, movements, and organizations to form
This page will be regularly updated to assist those who
attended the Convocation of Catholic Leaders, as well as those who participated
digitally, through the live-streaming, watching the Convocation on television,
and those who have engaged the content for the first time on these web pages
who are interested in furthering the call to missionary discipleship wherever
they may be.
Thank you for your witness to the joy of the Gospel!
are suggested next steps after the Convocation. For
more information, see the Participant
Guidebook and Journal, pages 57-61 (PDF or e-book).
Post-Convocation Delegation Meetings
Meet with your delegation after the Convocation in order to pray
together and "de-brief" on your experiences, both individually and as a team.
Include other collaborators as well. Create a list of the ideas or themes from
the Convocation that will affect your work and map out goals and next steps.
Items for discussion might include the following:
Looking Back: Name three things
(insights, experiences, interactions, etc.) from the Convocation that stood out
for you. What impacted you most?
Looking Back: Have each delegate share
what they learned/discussed during the various breakout sessions they attended
that would be helpful for the larger team.
Moving Forward: What are the
implications of Pope Francis's call to missionary conversion in Evangelii Gaudium (EG) for your
particular diocese, organization, etc.? How does EG and the Convocation
complement and challenge your team's realities and experiences?
Moving Forward: Chart out three
strategic, measurable, and attainable goals for your diocese, organization, etc.,
to which your team might contribute. Consider, in the light of EG, what defines
"success" for your team and how missionary discipleship can be fostered. What
steps, both short and long-term, would be necessary to achieve these goals?
Read and discuss the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis'
statement Living as
Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization, to assist in your
ending the session, schedule the next meeting or concrete step of action to
advance the conversation and work.
Organize a Local Event or Synod
Consider hosting a similar event at your parish, diocese, or
organization. You can follow the same format as the Convocation, or adapt it to
your needs. Evangelii Gaudium is a
rich resource for discussion. Be sure to include sufficient time for liturgy
and other moments of prayer. One format would be as follows:
your unity in the joy of the Gospel
and reflect on the landscape of your area
leaders of the call to missionary discipleship and evangelization
to the peripheries of the community
practical strategies, possibly inviting experts
out concrete plans for taking the next step in evangelization
on the calling to be "Spirit-filled evangelizers" and pray for the grace to
Consider using the videos, audio files, and texts
from the Convocation (as well as other resources that were foundational
documents to the 2017 event) as a launching point for a local event or synod;
you may even play them for those gathered, and have a dialogue and discussion
Schedule Listening Sessions
Ask local leaders or the community in general to comment on the ideas
shared during the Convocation. See if they match with what the people see. Ask
for new ideas for evangelization.
Support Others, Near and Far
Hopefully you strengthened your relationships with people who live near
you and work with you; nurture these relationships by arranging a regular time
to get coffee, a monthly lunch meeting, a quarterly tennis match, or whatever
seems to fit. Take the time to check in with one another about your goals for
You probably met people from all over the country and have a stack of
business cards at your desk or new friends or following on social media. Set
aside an hour to write emails or make phone calls, or engage through social
media, to connect with the various people you met.
Encourage the emerging leaders you met at the Convocation and all the
young leaders in your community to continue in their good work serving Christ
and the Church.
Also, pray for the next Synod
of Bishops on "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment." This
will be a wonderful opportunity to encourage more youth and young adults in the
Church to take up the mantle of missionary discipleship.
Spend some time in prayer for specific people you met at the
There is always something going on in the Church! Try to pick one or
two events or ministries outside of your "normal" duties to keep up with. Some
Pray, Reflect, and Examine
Take some quiet time after the Convocation to reflect on what the Holy
Spirit inspired in you during the event or through the people that you met.
Journal, read Scripture, look over your notes, and spend time consciously
allowing the experience to "sink in," so that it does not become just a memory.
Continue this prayer and reflection over the next several weeks and
months, examining yourself and also allowing opportunities for evaluation of
your team's work in advancing next steps.
For more resources on missionary discipleship, evangelization, and
other topics discussed at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders, see the
"Appendix and Helpful Resources" in the Participant
Guidebook and Journal, pages 61-65 (PDF
Read Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation on The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii
Read Living as
Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization, from the USCCB Committee
on Evangelization and Catechesis, 2017.
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