February 8th Speaker - Archbishop John Wester
In his pastoral letter, Living in the Light of Christ’s Peace: A Conversation Toward Nuclear Disarmament, Archbishop Wester called for discussion on nuclear disarmament as a vital step toward peace in our troubled world. He will reflect on the importance of this conversation and its progress since the letter’s publication on January 11, 2022. He will also address concerns that have emerged since January and how they make the conversation even more urgent. He hopes that our country, indeed, the world, will awake from its slumber and come to recognize the need to disarm from nuclear weapons before it is too late. To prepare for the session, he recommends listening to President Kennedy’s “Peace Speech”, at American University on June 10, 1963 (Just Google it!).
Archbishop Wester was ordained a priest in San Francisco in 1976. After several pastoral assignments, he was ordained a bishop in 1998 and served as auxiliary bishop of San Francisco until 2007 when he was installed as Bishop of Salt Lake City. Then, on June 4, 2015 he became Archbishop of Santa Fe. Soon after, he completed a profoundly moving trip to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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Save the Dates - Spring 2023 Future Speakers
March 8, How To Stand with Goals of the Pittsburgh Black Collective with Kathy Wilson Humphrey, PhD
April 4, After Palm Sunday: Public Liturgy and Liberation with Ched Myers
May 2, Women’s Leadership in the Catholic Church: Oxymoron? Token? Reality? with Carolyn Woo, Phd
History and Significance of APP - 60 years after Vatican II
Art McDonald, author of A Progressive Voice in the Catholic Church in the United States: Association of Pittsburgh Priests, will share how for 56 years APP has worked for a welcoming, inclusive, participatory Church with a strong voice calling for justice and peace in our world.
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APP 2022 Year in Review - Missional Discipleship
JANUARY: roll out of new APP website, database, and event platform. This has enabled APP to expand its reach and attract members and speaker attendees from well beyond the Pittsburgh area, including international participants!
FEBRUARY: APP members were prominently involved in the Synodality Working Group to promote sessions and provide trained facilitators and resources for local Synod sessions in February and throughout the year.
MARCH: APP Synodal Sessions Stop Banking the Bomb Regular involvement in actions to persuade PNC Bank to stop funding corporations that create nuclear weapons. Support included a letter of congratulations to Fr. Carmen D’Amico for introducing a resolution at the PNC Board Meeting calling for disinvestment.
SPRING SPEAKERS: Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM (Franciscan Spirituality for Today), Olga Segura (Catholic Call To End White Supremacy), Cybelle Shattuck (Care for Our Common Home – Green Congregations), Casey Stanton (The Gift of Women), plus a conversation that included Archbishop John Wester on Nuclear Disarmament.
APRIL: APP’s Holy Week Statement on Ukraine, accompanied by a contribution from APP Board and Members to Catholic Relief Services for humanitarian relief in Ukraine.
JUNE: APP Statement on Abortion, after the Dobbs decision, calling for a pastoral, spiritual approach regarding abortion and the culture of life.
SEPTEMBER: An APP letter to Bishop Zubik and pastors diocesan-wide applauding the Diocesan Synod Report and encouraging continued use of the Synodal Process as a way of promoting community, participation and mission in the new parishes.
FALL SPEAKERS: Tricia Bruce & Emily Reimer-Berry (Abortion: Where Do We Go from Here?), Paul Taylor (Finding Hope in the Darkness of Racism), Kat Doyle (Laudato Sí Action), Heidi Schlumpf (Update on Synodality). Presentations on Zoom have an audience beyond the Pittsburgh area and are posted on You Tube for a wider audience. Many sessions have follow-up sessions for further reflection and action.
NOVEMBER: Friend Art McDonald explores APP’s connection to Vatican II – in person at Seton Hill University, St. Vincent University, Duquesne, and St. Mary Magdalene Parish.
DECEMBER: APP Education Committee sponsors Maureen Crossen presentation on liturgy.
ONGOING: APP hosts numerous Synodal sessions for persons whose parishes did not provide such opportunities. Many of the comments recorded at those sessions were echoed in the national report and the Vatican’s Continental Working Document, the next step in the Churchwide process.
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