More than 450 Catholics came to the Missouri State Capitol on Saturday, September 27 for the Missouri Catholic Conference’s (MCC) Annual Assembly.
Those attending enjoyed a keynote address by the Most Revered Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa. Bishop Pates, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on International Justice and Peace, spoke on rebuilding the church under Pope Francis, calling the pontiff’s elections “an awakening time, one which generates hope and spurred by a renewed vision.”
“The coming of Pope Francis on the world stage on March 13, 2013, stirred the embers of faith and generated excitement around the world,” Bishop Pates said.
He went onto say that Pope Francis has embraced mercy, peace and a renewed emphasis on the poor in the early days of his papacy, citing the pope’s stance on Syria, urging peace and dialogue.
There were 16 workshops at the event covering topics from Saving Catholic Schools, to hot spot policing, St. Francis and the Poor, Meet St. Francis of Assisi and more.
Next year’s Annual Assembly is scheduled to be at the Capitol on October 4. See you then!