2018 Annual Assembly

Join us for the 2018 Annual Assembly on Saturday, Oct 6 at Helias High School in Jefferson City!


This year’s theme is Pope Francis at Five Years: the Church at the peripheries. This year, sessions are inspired by a quote from Pope Francis:

“The church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries, not only geographically, but also the existential peripheries: the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance and indifference to religion, of intellectual currents and of all misery.”



The 2018 Keynote speaker is Bishop Joseph Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Bishop Perry, originally, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, was ordained a priest by the late Archbishop William Edward Cousins, May 24, 1975 at St. John Cathedral, Milwaukee.  After an eighteen month assignment as associate pastor of St. Nicholas Parish, Milwaukee, he was assigned to the Tribunal offices of the Archdiocese in December 1976 and was sent for graduate studies in canon law at The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.  His priestly ministry has been spent with ecclesiastical law and education working primarily in the church courts as an advocate, then as a judge in the court of appeals that services the suffragan Dioceses of Superior, LaCrosse, Green Bay and Madison, and as conciliation and arbitration clerk.  In 1983 he was appointed judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a post he held for two six-year terms until his appointment as pastor of All Saints Parish, Milwaukee, in June 1995.

He served as the chaplain of the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin an association of Catholic lawyers and judges.  Until his appointment as bishop, he was also an adjunct professor of canon law studies at Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Sacred Heart Seminary, Hales Corners, Wisconsin.  As satellites to his duties as auxiliary bishop, he functions as an adjunct professor of canon law at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, and associate judge in the Second Instance Court of Appeals for the Dioceses configured to the Province of Chicago. 

Bishop Perry is National Chaplain for the Knights of St. Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary and also Vice-President of the Board for the National Black Catholic Congress, Baltimore, Maryland.

January 28, 2010, Cardinal Francis George appointed Bishop Perry Postulator for the Diocesan Phase of the Cause for Sanctity of Father Augustus Tolton, first priest of African descent in the United States who labored in the Diocese of Alton (now Springfield, Illinois) and the Archdiocese of Chicago

Workshop Descriptions

Sessions will cover topics such as human trafficking, abortion, immigration, the environment, and more. Click here for full descriptions.


Need transportation to the Annual Assembly? We have buses coming from St. Louis, Kansas City/St. Joseph and Springfield. Pay for your bus fee ($10/person or couple, $20/family) through Paypal by clicking the link below.

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Citizen Recognition Award

Nomination is closed for the CRA award—we will announce the winners in a press release in late August.