Nearly 4,000 clergy, religious and laity will gather with the Most Reverend Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio for "The Assembly 2015: Encountering Christ". The aim is to further implement their archdiocesan Pastoral Vision. Chris Stravitsch will give two breakout session presentations focusing on how families can fulfill the universal call to holiness and how clergy can respond to the pastoral challenges facing families today.
The first is "Pope Francis on Encountering Christ as a Family and in Prayer" - Pope Francis is a person of deep prayer, who encounters Christ daily as he contemplates the Gospels. Some of the fruit of his prayer has included profound reflections on both family and prayer, at times even bringing these two topics together. This presentation will highlight some of Pope Francis’ key themes and comments on family and prayer, by drawing from his various homilies, addresses, and writings.