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February 17, 2015

Mid-Atlantic Congress attendees take selfie with Baltimore archbishop

Morgan Ajia, Gabrielle O’Rourke and Nati Perez of Hard As Nails Ministries in Syracuse, N.Y., take a selfie with Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori at the Mid-Atlantic Congress for Catholic Leaders Feb. 13. More than 1,200 attended the Feb. 12-14 event at the Baltimore Hilton. (CNS photo/Karen Osborne, Catholic Review)

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Soon after Sherry Weddell’s new book, “Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus,” was published, she was approached by a man who told her that until he had read her book, he didn’t know it was possible to have a personal relationship with God.

“This man was in ministry, forming clergy,” Weddell told an audience of about 1,200, gathered in Baltimore on the final day of the Feb. 12-14 Mid-Atlantic Congress for Catholic Leaders.

The recounting of the incident drew gasps from the crowd.

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