The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for the first-time ever a Convocation to take place from July 1-4, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. More than 3, 000 people from more than 140 dioceses will partake in this extraordinary event in the life of the Catholic Church.  The theme of the Convocation is The Joy of the Gospel in America.  There will be sessions focusing on numerous topics relating to Unity, Renewal, Missionary Discipleship, Witness and Evangelization.

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., is pleased to have 15 people from the Fall River Diocese joining him for this unique and enriching meeting.  You are invited to join in prayer with the diocesan delegation as they prepare to represent the diocese at the various events and sessions. As the Convocation takes place July 1-4, Bishop da Cunha encourages you to join him and the members of the delegation in prayer and reflection on the meeting’s topics that are so important in the life of the Church.  As we join in rebuilding the Fall River Diocese in hope and faith, let us be united in prayer during this Convocation, so that the Holy Spirit will enkindle the fire of God’s love within the hearts of all.

Members of the Fall River Diocese who will be attending the Convocation met recently with Bishop da Cunha for a preparatory meeting and gathered for this group photo. They are, front row, l to r, Diana Reeves, Beatriz Furtado, Berta Herrera, Marian Desrosiers, Beth Mahoney, and Marie Chabot; back row, l to r, Steve Meaney, Deacon Frank Lucca, Peter Marshall, Father David Frederici, Bishop da Cunha, Father John Murray, Peter Kortright, and Deacon Joe Regali. Not pictured but also attending the Convocation are Mary Dwyer and Claire McManus.

You may follow the Convocation as it is streamed live on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website, or carried on Catholic cable networks Catholic TV and EWTN. Check their websites for times and details.

For more information, please visit: Convocation of Catholic Leaders.

Get the Prayer for the 2017 Convocation here.

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