Summit West 2020: Mission Forward
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that at its root, the word “Church” means a convocation or an assembly (CCC 751). While this definition certainly does not capture the fullness of the Holy Catholic Church, I think it’s reasonable to say that the physical gathering of the People of God is an essential component of the Church. And as physical gatherings have become so rare over the last several months, I believe our upcoming Summit is more important and offers more value than ever.
In many ways, the 2020 Summit West will be the same first-class experience that members have come to expect from Legatus. We will be gathering at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, one of the most recognizable and celebrated hotels in the world with its distinctive blend of history, luxury, and genuine hospitality. Begin your Summit experience with a morning of exquisite golf and friendly competition on the Broadmoor’s award-winning West Course, complete with breathtaking views and demanding hazards. Our line-up of speakers promises to both encourage and challenge us with some of today’s most well-known Catholic names like Jennifer Fulwiler, Dr. Ralph Martin, Ana Samuel, and Deacon Larry Oney. And of course, each day concludes with an inspiring liturgy celebrated by one of our country’s top clergymen, followed by a themed evening with five-star cuisine and fellowship with members from across North America.
While this will be a true Summit experience, members will certainly notice some necessary adjustments and changes made to prioritize the safety of all attendees. The Broadmoor staff have all completed stringent employee training and implemented new health monitoring and PPE protocols. There will be increased spacing between couples or households at general sessions, Masses, and meals. This means fewer people per table and greater spacing between rows while maintaining the distinctive ambiance and feel proper to a Summit. Rest assured, this spacing will still allow for great fellowship between members while adhering to social distancing best practices. All meals will be individually plated and served to ensure maximum food safety standards. The meeting spaces will be thoroughly sanitized after each event and personal hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout the resort. And in the unlikely event that a guest would become ill, in-house medical teams, including paramedics and physicians, are ready to respond.
As I’ve watched so many things in life go virtual this year, it has only increased my conviction that there is no real substitute for in-person interaction. The conversations that are shared, the bonds that are formed, the lives that are changed – it all happens through the Church, the gathering of the People of God. Christ has chosen us to be leaders in our communities and in the Church for this particular time. Let us embrace our calling and face the unique challenges of today head-on, full of faith and trust in the One who has called us. I look forward to being together with many of you in Colorado Springs next month!
STEPHEN M. HENLEY is Legatus’ executive director.