Gloria Purvis talks about the need for Catholics to get involved in politics during her keynote talk March 9 at Catholics at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. The event featured Mass, talks and visits with state legislators. More than 1,000 Catholics attended. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- The chairwoman of Black Catholics United for Life told a conference room of more than 1,000 Minnesota Catholics that they serve a mighty God and are willing to "speak the Gospel truth in the public square," even if they were fearful.
"I am willing, and you are, too, and God knows that. And because you are willing, he has qualified you. As they say, 'God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called,' and that is you," said Gloria Purvis, who is the co-host of "Morning Glory" on EWTN Radio.
Catholics from Minnesota's six dioceses gathered in downtown St. Paul March 9 for Catholics at the Capitol. They started the day with Mass and heard from Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, at the inaugural event of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, based in St. Paul.
Purvis rallied the full conference room after they received their marching orders for meeting with legislators at the Capitol from Minnesota's bishops and Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.
Despite a late night after speaking at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul March 8, and not having a restful sleep at the hotel, Purvis told the crowd, "I ain't no ways tired, and neither are you." The phrase served as motivation throughout the day of education and advocacy.