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Assembly 2019

Sign language interpreting services provided.

“We need a church capable of walking at people's side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a church that accompanies them on their journey…”
Pope Francis

Building a Catholic Culture of Accompaniment

Saturday, November 9, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | St. Mary’s University
(1 Camino Santa Maria St., San Antonio TX 78228 --  Directions)
Doors open at 7:00 a.m.

Archbishop Gustavo invites clergy, religious and laity from across the archdiocese to assemble with him as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. For the fifth consecutive year, the Assembly will awaken and foster a spiritual communion as we gather together with more than 4,000 participants from parishes, Catholic schools, young adults and members of lay ecclesial movements, groups and associations. This year’s challenge is to become “pastoral agents of change” who embrace a “culture of accompaniment”.

Assembly is a day in which we celebrate our Catholic identity and rejoice in fellowship and communion. The theme for the Assembly is “Sent by the Spirit – Building a Catholic Culture of Accompaniment”. Keynote speaker  Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, will encourage us to become a “Church of Accompaniment”. 

Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gustavo and confessions at noon will prepare the way to the afternoon sessions. This year, attendees can choose the topic and language of their preference. The event will close with Archbishop Gustavo’s comments and a joyful send-forth that is going to encourage to be a “Church that accompanies”.

This will be is the fifth celebration of the annual Assembly gathering. Archbishop Gustavo invites clergy, consecrated women and men, Catholic school teachers and lay people from across the Archdiocese to journey, arm-in-arm, as Disciples and Missionaries of Jesus Christ. The Assembly is the embodiment of our Archdiocesan Mutually Shared Vision: Encountering Christ, United as Church, Sent by the Spirit in a Culture of Encounter working towards three Pastoral Priorities: New Evangelization, Catechesis & Faith Formation, and Youth & Young Adults. Our pastoral values support these efforts: Prayerfulness, Stewardship, and Unity.

Online registration closes at 5 PM, November 7. On-site registration will be available in Parking Lot T. Proceed to the Help Desk tables located next to check-in area and one of our ambassadors will be happy to register you and your group.

If you have an outstanding balance, visit the Help Desk in Lot T when you arrive to complete payment.

Check-in starts at 7 AM. We encourage you to arrive early! Assembly starts with Mass and we want to see you there!

The registration fee is $65.00. However, through the generosity of Archbishop's Appeal donors, all parishioners, Catholic school teachers & staff, Catholic university students, faculty & staff and Catholic agency employees of the Archdiocese will receive a $40.00 discount at the end of registration making the out-of-pocket fee $25.00. Registration covers all Assembly events and activities including one meal ticket (good at campus satellite food locations).

Priests, seminarians and religious are invited to attend Assembly free of charge. However, registration is required.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Should you no longer be able to attend the Assembly, after submitting payment, you may choose to transfer your registration fee as a scholarship for a person in need or request a refund.

All refunds or reservation cancellations must be requested no later than one (1) week prior to the Assembly. All refund requests made on or after the Assembly will not be accepted, the funds will automatically be transferred as a scholarship for a person in need. Please  email MariCarmen Guevara to transfer your registration or request a refund.

Parking will be available to all Assembly attendees throughout the the campus of St. Mary’s University. Special dedicated handicap parking will also be available.

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The Assembly is an event that welcomes everybody without distinction. Although the presentations are intended for adults, families may attend together. Registration is required for children (17 & under) and for safety reasons, they need to be accompanied by their parents or guardians at all times while on campus.

This project is funded by the generous donors of the Archbishop's Appeal