Gathering for Mission is a clear sign the Holy Spirit is blowing in this day, as it has throughout the ages, moving each and all from fear and judgment to grace and mercy.”

Most Reverend Robert Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston

Inspired by Pope Francis’ call to dialogue

Gathering for Mission is an inspired response to Pope Francis’ call for dialogue in this kairos moment for the Church. Participants who are open to transformation thereby influence their environments and bring to fruition “a Church which is poor and for the poor.” We invite you to enter the discernment process of bringing Gathering for Mission to your diocese or seminary by contacting us.

Do not be afraid to set out on that “exodus” which is necessary for all authentic dialogue. – Pope Francis

Practical experience for ecclesial leaders

Gathering for Mission makes available to ecclesial leaders and seminaries practical experience in the dialogic process.

Gathering for Mission brings this process to dioceses and seminaries throughout the United States and Canada, upon the invitation of the bishop.

Gathering for Mission is a five-year project of the Catholic Committee of the South (CCS), in partnership with Glenmary’s Commission on Peace, Justice and Care of Creation, and Maryknoll Media.

What Bishops Say About Gathering For Mission

“I came to Gathering for Mission to learn a skill set…I was not disappointed.”
– Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham (pdf)

“I left the workshop feeling more competent in guiding not only a group dialogue process but I feel I will be better in all my encounters…”
– Bishop Michael Duca of Shreveport (pdf)

“…we must share this process with Church leadership all across the country.”
– Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston (pdf)

“The sharing of experiences and the training in the process of dialogue was illuminating…”
– Bishop John Stowe of Lexington (pdf)

L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another.

We need to resolve our differences through forms of dialogue which help us grow in understanding and mutual respect.

– Pope Francis