By Mike Gerson / Fortune January 22, 2019 11:25:00 A few weeks ago, I attended the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. It was my first time to attend a meeting with bishops.
I had spent a long time trying to get into the Catholic Church, and at the end of my tenure, I was finally given the chance to talk to the bishops in person.
They told me about the challenges they were facing, the way they were working to overcome them, and how they were planning to build a stronger church in the years ahead.
The meeting was organized in a manner that was very traditional, as is typical of the bishops’ annual meetings.
It took place at the National Cathedral of the National Catholic Church in Washington D.U. It felt like it was a gathering of a small number of people from all walks of life.
There were a few hundred people there, and the Bishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, sat with us.
After the meeting, we all sat in a circle around the bishop and a group of us waited to speak with him.
When we finally did, we were greeted by a large group of people who had come from across the country to share their experiences and to share how they would like to be seen in the Church.
The first thing that struck me was the amount of people that had come out to this gathering.
The bishop was standing up and introducing himself as the president of the conference.
We were given an opportunity to sit down with him and the other bishops, and as we spoke, he told us that he wanted to share a message with us: I have been praying for years to come back to the Church and to find peace.
I am not sure if you have heard, but we are facing a time of spiritual crisis in the church.
I have heard that the bishops are experiencing a spiritual crisis and that we need to listen to the Holy Spirit and take up the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I think the message of the bishop is very simple: I know that I am a bishop and that I have always been in the Catholic faith.
I know what I have experienced and have known in my life and I know my place in the life of this world.
The message of his message was that the bishop was going to be here and that he was going see things from the outside, but from the inside.
He said that this is the time that we all have to come together, to be in this together and to work together.
I felt like I was in the middle of a world of possibilities.
The church had been through a lot.
People have had their struggles, their struggles with illness and death.
There are millions of people struggling with poverty and hunger and homelessness and so on.
And we had our own struggles as well.
The world has been a different place for a long, long time.
There is a huge amount of love in the world and a huge need.
The Church has been through so much.
But this was the first time that I had a chance to hear a bishop from the pulpit and hear a message from him that he had been hearing for so long and that was that we were all in this common struggle, and we were going to all find peace together.
In the months ahead, I will be sharing some of the lessons I learned from that meeting with you.
But for now, I want to share with you what happened the day that I spoke with the bishop, in the first of a series of articles.
I was sitting in the front row of the meeting room as we were getting into our presentation.
I noticed a group from the Church’s Missionary Department, the diocese’s social work, and two bishops from the Catholic Education Center, the ministry of religious instruction.
They all sat together, one at a time, on a big white table in front of the microphone.
As I was reading a speech by one of the two bishops, I noticed that the microphone was on the other side of the table.
I did not know how that happened.
The microphones on this stage are a very sensitive thing.
The diocese is so secretive about this stuff, so I do not know what happened that day.
I wanted to know what the bishop had been saying.
The Bishop of St. Louis, the head of the mission department, sat down next to me, as did the bishops from our three ministries.
I listened to what the Bishop had been talking about and realized that the first thing he was saying was that this meeting was a blessing, and he was very proud of it.
He wanted to thank everyone for coming to this meeting.
The bishops from one of our two ministries were sitting at the other end of the large white table, and they all spoke at the same time.
The speaker was the bishop of St Louis, Cardinal Michael Schönborn.
Cardinal Schönburg spoke first. He