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Inspiring our Archdiocese for a year of social ministry

We host an annual convocation that energizes and inspires social justice ministry in our Archdiocese for the whole year. We sponsor an annual Social Ministry Convocation that prepares the community to answer Jesus’ call to respond to social injustices. We coordinate with organizations such as Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, St. Vincent de Paul, and ethnic diversity ministries in the Archdiocese to host a keynote speaker, workshops, and a social justice information fair. Up to 500 social justice committee members, religious educators, parish staff, and parishioners attend this one-day event each year. The Convocation includes a Spanish-speaking track, which features translated keynotes and workshops in Spanish. Each year we pick a theme to spur discussion and action on relevant issues. For instance last year our focus was Care for the Earth, Care for the Poor: Listening to Pope Francis and this year we chose the theme The Joy of the Gospel: The Call to Celebrate and to Serve. We hope these convocations will inspire all participants to go forth on mission and give them the resources and the connections they need to involve our parishes, our Archdiocese, and the wider community in this important work.