In November 2018, Gary and 11 men from England traveled to Rome for the International Men of Saint Joseph gathering. During this gathering, Gary received personal prayer from the Preacher to the Papal Household, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa.
Gary also had the privilege of personally meeting Pope Francis during a General Audience in St Peter’s Square on 7th November. As the Pope went on to greet the next person, Gary seized the opportunity to tell him that he was Myles Dempsey’s successor and the Leader of the New Dawn Catholic Conference. Gary asked his blessing to which the Pope leaned forward, made the Sign of the Cross and said, “May God Bless you”. Gary described that “as the Pope blessed me I felt the almighty power and presence of God rush through me, blessing not only me but all my family and the New Dawn Conference world-wide. Glory to God.”