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Bishop Burbidge Encourages Tenacious Prayer in Convocation Homily

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The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta, was the Principal Celebrant at the closing Mass of the Diocese of Raleigh’s Catholic Convocation held Saturday, October 16, 2010, at Cardinal Gibbons High School. The Archbishop was the English keynote speaker earlier in the day at the Convocation, which drew more than 800 faithful to the event, whose theme was The Sacred Liturgy.

The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Principal Concelebrant, was the Homilist. Concelebrants were Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese; Father Scott McCue, Assistant Principal at Cardinal Gibbons; Msgr. Jerry M. Sherba, Chancellor of the Diocese; Very Reverend Carlos Arce, Vicar for Hispanics; and Very Reverend Marcos Leon, V.F., Dean of the Cape Fear Deanery.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge expressed profound thanks to Archbishop Gregory for his presence at the Convocation and presiding at the Mass. The Bishop expressed how pleased he was to see so many in attendance interested in learning more about their faith.

"As we seek to proclaim, celebrate and witness to the Mystery of Christ and show His face to others," Bishop Burbidge said, "we realize that we have much work to do. Thus, we must turn to the Lord our God and PRAY tenaciously and trustingly."

Noting that sometimes it may appear that our prayers are not being answered, Bishop Burbidge said there is no such thing as unanswered prayer. “God hears us,” the Bishop explained. “God responds, as Jesus promises in the Gospel, by giving to His chosen sons and daughters exactly what we need in accordance with the divine and mysterious plan He has for us. If we do not leave here with a firm commitment to be men and women of prayer, then all we have done today is in vain!”

Above: Catholic faithful attending Mass at Catholic Convocation.

Above: Msgr. David D. Brockman, Father Scott McCue, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Bishop Michael Burbidge celebrating Mass to close of Catholic Convocation.

Above: Choir made up of Convocation attendees who took part in closing liturgy.