Convocation 2005

The Laity Have Spoken!

The faithful call for 'accountability now' is a call to keep memory and body, body and members together. Re-membering the church is about literally reconnecting the body to itself, to all its parts and members. It is about integrating its history and healing its memories. It is about making the body whole. Francine Cardman, in her keynote address to the VOTF Indianapolis Convocation, July 9, 2005

The Indianapolis Convocation drew over 500 attendees and a broad sweep of media coverage; VOTF commissioned a new National Representative Council; attendees committed to an agenda for action; liturgy framed the weekend and grounded the work ahead; speakers Francine Cardman, Paul Lakeland, Anne Burke, David Castaldi, Gaile Pohlhaus and Jim Post made the case again for lay voices; our Working Groups recapped three years of work; Justice Anne Burke accepted VOTF's first Catherine of Siena Distinguished Lay Person Award; Fr. Tom Doyle presented Msgr. Lawrence Breslin of OH with the Voice of the Faithful 2005 Priest of Integrity Award; more in Convocation Notes in this issue. Most commonly asked question from attendees: When can we do this again?