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…”
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.
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.
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.
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.