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Assembly / Asamblea





Archbishop Gustavo invites clergy, religious and laity from across the archdiocese to assemble with him as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. 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.



Online registration opens on July 2, 2018. Paper registration will be available for a limited time. The registration fee is $64.86. However, through the generosity of Archbishop Appeal donors, a scholarship of $39.86 makes the out-of-pocket fee $25.00 per person. The fee includes registration, admission, and two meals. You can pay with credit card, check, or e-check transfer at the time of registration.



The scholarship will be automatically applied at the end of registration for Catholic parishioners; teachers and staff members in Catholic schools; students, faculty and staff of Catholic universities; or employees of Archdiocesan Catholic Agencies within the Archdiocese of San Antonio.



Norma Pimentel

Norma Pimentel

Sr. Norma Pimentel, a sister with the Missionaries of Jesus, serves as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and serves as Co-Vicar of religious in the Diocese of Brownsville. She was instrumental in setting up the Humanitarian Respite Center for Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States, drawing news media world-wide.

Deaneries and Schools: Hondo Rural Deanery, Pleasanton Rural Deanery

Topic: A renewed approach to Welcoming

Description: Welcoming is the first step to belonging. If we as Church are truly welcoming, we will be a beacon of hospitality.


Father Michael White

Fr. Michael White

Fr. Michael White is the co-author of Rebuilt, Tools for Rebuilding, and Rebuilding Your Message. The best-selling Rebuilt Parish series has established White as a sought-after speaker across the United States and at diocesan gatherings in Austria, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and Poland. Rebuilt has been translated into several languages.

Deaneries and Schools: Northeast Urban Deanery, West Urban Deanery

Topic: A renewed approach to the Peripheries

Description: Peripheries are all who are not fully engaged in the Church. The peripheries are not just those who are homeless and addicted, but includes those among us that are not engaged or are feeling alienated.


Marcel LeJeune

Marcel LeJeune

Marcel LeJeune is the President and Founder of Catholic Missionary Disciples. In addition to speaking around the world, he has authored 3 books and numerous articles in Catholic newspapers and magazines, and serves as a regular guest on Catholic radio nationwide.

Deaneries and Schools: Southeast Urban Deanery, Uvalde Rural Deanery

Topic: A renewed approach to Encounter as modeled by Luke’s Gospel

Description: We can frequently miss the many ways our God is revealed to us. God sought us first. How does His example show us how to encounter the other?


Sister Bethany Madonna

Sr. Bethany Madonna

Sr. Bethany Madonna, a member of the Sisters of Life, made her final vows in 2015 and serves her community in the Novitiate Formation Program. Before joining her congregation, Sr. Bethany worked for the Respect Life Office in the Diocese of Orlando.

Deaneries and Schools: Central Urban Deanery, Seguin Rural Deanery

Topic: A renewed approach to Youth and Young Adults Outreach

Description: Youth and young adults are essential to our Church. They are a phenomenal life force for all believers. Their presence is needed now.


Kevin and DeAnn-Stuart

Kevin & DeAnn Stuart

Kevin E. Stuart, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Austin Institute for the Study of Family & Culture and serves as editor of the Catholicism & Society book series for the Society for Catholic Social Scientists (Franciscan University Press). DeAnn Barta Stuart, Ph.D. serves as Associate Director of the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture. She has received various teaching awards including Campus.

Teacher of the Year on two campuses within the Carroll Independent School District, District Teacher of the Year, and Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor.

Deaneries and Schools: Fredericksburg Rural Deanery, Southwest Urban Deanery

Topic: A renewed approach to Dating and Marriage Formation

Description: Marriage is the basic unit of Church. Dating is the prime tool for properly discerning the vocation of marriage. Healthy couples and families exemplify mercy, forgiveness, and love.


David Bisono

David Bisonó, Keynote Speaker

David Bisonó serves as Director of Evangelization and Adult Faith Formation in the Diocese of Baker, Oregon. He is the creator, producer, director, and host of two TV shows Too Blessed To Be Stressed and Dios Nunca Duerme, and he is the host of the daily radio show Café con Cristo for United States and Latin America. He is also a Latin member of the National Service Committee (NSC) of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Deaneries and Schools: Northwest Urban Deanery, Floresville Rural Deanery

Topic: A renewed approach to Hearing Others

Description: Listening leads us to understanding. Aided by the Holy Spirit we can create an environment that overcomes barriers to encounter.


Father Daniel P Horan

Fr. Daniel P. Horan

Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M. is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (NY), Assistant Professor of systematic theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and the author of several books, and more than 120 popular and scholarly articles. He is co-editor of the academic journal New Theology Review and co-host of the podcast The Francis Effect.

Deaneries and Schools: North Urban Deanery, North Central Urban Deanery

Topic: A renewed approach to Preaching the Gospel

Description: We are called to live the Gospel throughout our lives. Everything we do should be focused, not only on our salvation, but also on the salvation of those around us and, in fact, the world.



Parking on the campus of St. Mary’s University is very limited. In the spirit of this year’s theme, we are requiring all participants attending Assembly 2018 to carpool in groups of no less than three persons per vehicle.