2016 Annual Assembly Recap

Over 400 Catholics gathered together at the Missouri State Capitol to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Missouri Catholic Conference’s Annual Assembly last Saturday, October 8.

The morning began with an inspiring keynote address given by Bishop Edward Rice of Springfield/Cape Girardeau. Bishop Rice spoke of our duty as Catholics to not just follow in the footsteps of God, but to be united with Him by making Mercy tangible in daily life. He invoked the language of Pope Francis to further demonstrate this point.

“In the Bull announcing the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis began with this line: ‘Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.’ And that sentence in and of itself, right there, immediately tells us that mercy, when practiced, unites us to the Father, through Jesus,” Bishop Rice said.

“He says that mercy is God’s identity card,” Bishop Rice said. “If you asked God to show his card, he would show you mercy. That’s how he reveals himself. That is the very core of his existence.”

The keynote was followed by a total of eight engaging workshops all focused on Mercy and how it is woven into daily life. Visit our website to take a peek into the day’s events through a photo slideshow.

We hope you join us next year to celebrate 50 years of the Missouri Catholic Conference at our 2017 Annual Assembly, held on October 7 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Jefferson City. We are already looking ahead to see how we can make the next Annual Assembly even better than the last. Do you have any ideas? Send your thoughts to us atmocatholic@mocatholic.org. See you next year!