A Most Holy Gathering: Celebrating 50 Years of Faithful Work

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City, Missouri. The Missouri Bishops gathered for this event, including Bishop Emeritus of Springfield/Cape Girardeau, Bishop John J. Leibrecht. The keynote address was given by a very special guest, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. He lauded the MCC for “building up the Kingdom of God” during its 50 years of service.

Over 400 people attended the celebration and participated in workshops covering the topics of Catholic Education, Pro-life, and Social Justice. During the opening session, the MCC debuted a short documentary-style video that chronicles the formation and history of the organization. The video is now up on mocatholic.org. We encourage you to watch and share!

Following the video, MCC Executive Director Mike Hoey was presented with a surprise award for his almost 40 years of work with the conference. The MCC is grateful to Mr. Hoey for his dedication to the conference and for his role in many of the successes the conference has achieved over the last half century! Mr. Hoey will be retiring at the end of the 2018 legislative session.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, U.S. Papal Nuncio, gave the keynote address following the sit-down lunch. The Archbishop’s speech even included a message from Pope Francis. You may read an in-depth recap of the keynote in the next article.

Many thanks to all those who attended the 50th Anniversary celebration. It was an exciting and inspiring event that reminded us all why the work of state Catholic conferences is so important.

We hope you enjoyed the day! If you attended the event and haven’t yet responded to our survey, please do so using this link. We appreciate your feedback! If you have photos you’d like to share, please send them to mocatholic@mocatholic.org. If you weren’t able to make it this year, you can browse through photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Here’s to the next 50 years of faithful work!