Lay Ministry Formation
Communicating the Joy of the Gospel: Reaching the Occasional Catholic
with Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, Diocese of Burlington, Vermont

As missionary disciples, we are all called to share the joy of the Gospel with everyone. One of the most important opportunities we have for sharing this joy is with our brothers and sisters whom we only see “on occasion” – be it Christmas, Easter, family weddings, baptisms, funerals, or when faith formation is in session. Drawing on his many years of pastoral experience, Bishop Coyne will offer us practical insights and a renewed sense of hope. We will also be inspired by witness talks from our own parishes throughout the Diocese on their efforts to reach the occasional Catholic. Finally, we will have time to share with one another and to ask questions of Bishop Coyne. Please plan to join us for this wonderful day of prayer, learning and sharing!

Bishop Coyne highly recommends the book Divine Renovation: Bringing Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission by Father James Mallon. Copies will be available for purchase at all sites of the Autumn Diocesan Gathering for a special conference rate of $9.00 (cash or check).

Speaker bio and blog

Autumn Gathering Flyer

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Where: Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Queensbury
Note: new this year, Autumn Gathering will also be live-streamed to the following locations: St. Francis de Sales, Herkimer; St. Mary’s, Oneonta; St. Patrick’s, Catskill; and Mater Christi, Albany.
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $10/person

Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. Arrival/Morning Refreshments
9:00 a.m. Opening Prayer
Bishop Coyne’s Presentation
10:30 a.m. Break/Snacks
11:00 a.m. Witness Talks
11:45 a.m. Table Conversations
12:15 p.m. Q & A with Bishop Coyne
1:00 p.m. Closing Prayer and Sending Forth