Gloria Purvis rallied a conference room full of Catholics after they received their marching orders for the day 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 said, “I ain’t no ways tired, and neither are you.” The phrase served as motivation throughout the day of education and advocacy.
More than 1,000 Catholics from Minnesota’s six dioceses who gathered at the RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul March 9 for Catholics at the Capitol started the day with Mass and heard from Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, at the inaugural event of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, based in St. Paul.
Purvis, chairwoman of Black Catholics United for Life and co-host of “Morning Glory” on EWTN Radio, told the crowd as they prepared to meet with legislators at the State Capitol 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 Purvis, also a wife, mother and Third Order Carmelite from the Archdiocese of Washington.