Part III - The Church is One: Christ’s Mission of Unity in a Divided World

Bishop CozzensA native of Denver, Bishop Cozzens is the youngest of three children. He graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he experienced a deepening of faith through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. During a period of discernment following college, Bishop Cozzens served as a traveling missionary to young people around the country with Twin Cities-based NET Ministries. He then joined the Companions of Christ in Saint Paul and worked for Saint Paul’s Outreach, leading college Bible study groups.

Ordained a priest in 1997, Bishop Cozzens spent the first few years of his priestly career in parish work before being assigned to the faculty of the Saint Paul Seminary as a formator and theology professor. In 2013, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Cozzens as an auxiliary bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. This fall, His Excellency will begin a 3-year term as the Chairman of the US Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, succeeding Bishop Robert Barron.

Bishop Cozzens’s presentation is entitled “The Church is One: Christ’s Mission of Unity in a Divided World.” How do we remain united as a Church in such a divisive time? How do we express our legitimate concerns and frustrations with the decisions of our shepherds while still remaining loyal sons and daughters of Holy Mother Church? What are the issues about which we can legitimately argue as Catholics? And what are the issues about which we must have unanimity? Please plan to attend or watch our livestream this timely and important lecture.

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