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Diocese to Send Young Adult Delegation to Historic Catholic Leaders Convocation

Diocese of Green Bay LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (June 26, 2017) -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has organized an unprecedented gathering of Catholic leaders from dioceses and organizations across the country to discuss the challenges and opportunities that face the Catholic Church, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States. Titled "The Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America," this gathering will take place July 1-4, 2017, in Orlando, Florida, and bring more than 3,000 Catholic leaders together to reflect on Pope Francis's 2013 apostolic exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium," ("The Joy of the Gospel") and how it can be integrated into church life.

This will be the largest gathering of Catholic bishops, leaders, and laity since World War I. Bishops in every diocese in the U.S. were invited to send a delegation to attend the convocation. Bishop David L. Ricken, Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, chose to send a delegation comprised of millennial Catholics who serve the local church in different ministries.

Church Actively Striving to Help All

"The Catholic Church is actively and continually striving to help all people, but particularly young adults to encounter Jesus and experience a renewed sense of love and appreciation for the Gospel," said Julianne Stanz, director of the diocesan Department of New Evangelization. "This delegation is comprised of young adults who are leaders in our local community including the Native American community, the Hmong community, and the Hispanic community. We have leaders who are working in the business world, but also those who are working tirelessly as leaders in the areas of youth ministry, Catholic schools, social justice, evangelization, and faith formation."

The Green Bay delegation includes 11 young adults and four diocesan leaders. In addition to Bishop Ricken and Stanz, Fr. Dan Felton, moderator of the diocesan Curia, and Jane Angha, young adult coordinator, will attend the gathering. The Diocese of Green Bay will also be well-represented in other leadership capacities. Stanz will be one of the event's primary emcees, and Bishop Ricken has been instrumental, through his duties at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in organizing the convocation.

The delegates represent various aspects of parish or Catholic life; they have backgrounds in Catholic education, youth ministry, religious education, social justice, evangelization and young adult ministry. They have been preparing for the convocation by reading Pope Francis' "The Joy of the Gospel" and meeting twice a month to discuss the document.

Diocese of Green Bay Delegates:

  • Drew Mulloy, principal St. John the Baptist School, Howard;
  • Sarah Bradford, communications coordinator, Diocese of Green Bay, young adult ministry volunteer;
  • Fr. Scott Valentyn, parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist Parish, Howard, campus ministry, UW-Green Bay;
  • Adam Horn, director of religious education, St. Bernard Parish, Green Bay;
  • Jimmy Pineda, Jornadas Hispanic youth group, St. Philip Parish, Green Bay;
  • Faviola Vargas, Jornadas Hispanic youth group, St. Philip Parish, Green Bay;
  • Maikue Vang, small group leader, St. Bernard Parish, Appleton;
  • Maggie Melchior, new evangelization, faith formation coordinator, St. Paul Parish, Combined Locks;
  • Ryan Geitman, volunteer, St. Pius X Parish, Appleton;
  • Sarah Gavin, youth minister, Sturgeon Bay, Maplewood, Institute;
  • Rayna Tucker, catechist, St. Michael Parish, Keshena.

For additional information about the Green Bay delegation or the Convocation of Catholic Leaders, please contact Jane Angha at 920-272-8304 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.

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Justine Lodl
Director of Communications
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Sarah Bradford
Communications Coordinator
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