DEADLINE MAY 20: Opportunity for Selected Gospel of Marriage Evangelists

USCCB Convocation

Application deadline, May 20, 2017

The Marriage Reality Movement is offering, up to three young Catholic leaders (approx. 25-39), an opportunity to participate in its delegation to the US Bishops Convocation of Lay Leaders, July 1-4, 2017 in Orlando Florida.

For those selected, the Marriage Reality Movement will provide paid registrations ($550), which includes all  meals, a stipend of $500, and an opportunity to raise or contribute additional funds for reimbursement through Catholics for the Common Good Institute, a 501c3 charitable organization.

Participants will be asked to participate in a 90 minute training about the Marriage Reality Movement and its approach to evangelizing the culture for marriage, and share responsibilities for manning an information booth at the lunch and dinner venues. Participants be provided with preparatory materials and will be asked to provide an evaluation at the end of the conference. 

The convocation, which will actually be run by bishops, is very exclusive and by invitation only. The Convocation, inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium on the New Evangelization, will included selected leaders from every diocese and delegations of a select group of Catholic organizations. It is geared to equip and energize Catholic leaders to share the Gospel as missionary disciples, while offering fresh insights informed by new research, communications strategies, and successful models. Participants will do problem solving and develop action plans.

More information about this precedent setting convocation can be found from the USCCB and this news account.

The Marriage Reality Movement is a new and developing movement with an approach that is very consistent with Evangelii Gaudium and the Convocation actually supports its formation objectives. The movement’s current focus is on reintroducing love and marriage to the culture, equipping people with new ways of witnessing the Gospel of marriage in the language of the culture, and promoting and defending the rights of children to be born into a family with their mother and father united in marriage. It was launched with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. 


The application process is simple and must be completed by May 20. Those who are interested in supporting the rebuilding of a marriage culture can apply by emailing a resume and a short letter describing their interest and what would particularly qualify them for selection. References may also be provided. (

Participation will provide an extraordinary formation and learning experience for people who feel called to serve Christ and his Church in a unique way.

Excerpts of Evangelii Gaudium related to the mission of the Marriage Reality Movement