Assembly 2017 to foster spiritual communion among missionary disciples

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, invites you to Assembly 2017 — Sent by the Spirit on Sat. Nov. 4. This year’s event will include keynote speakers and Mass with the archbishop. Registration is required so do not miss out — register today!

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, 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.

This event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 7 a.m. (doors open at 6:15 a.m.) to 6 p.m. on the campus of St. Mary’s University, located at One Camino Santa Maria in San Antonio.
Online registration is ongoing at Paper registration will be available for a limited time. The registration fee is $66.25. However, through the generosity of Archbishop Appeal donors, all parishioners, Catholic school teachers and staff, Catholic university students, faculty and staff and Catholic agency employees of the archdiocese will receive a $36.25 discount at the end of registration making the out-of-pocket fee $30. Registration covers all Assembly 2017 events and activities including keynote speaker presentations, workshops, and two meal tickets. Concessions and vendor merchandise are available for purchase.

Priests, seminarians and religious are invited to attend Assembly 2017 free of charge. However, registration is required. Registration closes Nov. 1. As there is limited space, early registration is strongly encouraged.

Assembly 2017 is an all-day event which will consist of morning prayer and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by keynote speakers Boston Auxiliary Bishop Robert Reed, Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gustavo, a series of relevant conference sessions on the topics of life and love, faith and holiness, missionary discipleship, and Catholic worldview. Participants will have the opportunity to spend time with Jesus in Adoration and more than 20 priests will be available for the sacrament of reconciliation. The event will close with an evening prayer (vespers) and Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament, led by the archbishop. The theme for the Assembly is “Sent by the Spirit.” Several young adult “FED” talks will also be offered.

Assembly 2017 is the fruit of the energy and momentum that has been cultivated for several years which began with the Pastoral Visioning process. At Pentecost 2013, the archdiocesan pastoral vision: Encountering Christ, United as Church, Sent by the Spirit was proclaimed at Main Plaza. The following Pentecost all parishes and missions participated in the archdiocesan Consecration to the Holy Spirit. This pastoral renewal is the inspiration for Assembly 2017.



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