"The Association of Pittsburgh Priests is a diocesan-wide organization of ordained and non-ordained women and men who act on our baptismal call to be priests and prophets. Our mission, rooted in the Gospel and the Spirit of Vatican II, is to carry out a ministry of justice and renewal in ourselves, the Church and the world."
We the members of the Association of Pittsburgh Priests are ordained and non-ordained women and men who act on our baptismal call to be priests and prophets. Our members include school teachers, bankers, priests, lawyers, retirees, electricians, religious, wealth managers, and so many others – faithfully longing for a Church welcoming of all and engaging everyone to their full capacity. What binds us is our primary goal: to be a vibrant, progressive voice for Catholic social teaching in Southwestern PA by our words and actions. Together, supporting and educating one another, we amplify our impact for the renewal of our Church and society
In the Eucharistic Prayer II of the Mass, we ask God to remember the Church and "bring her to the fullness of charity." This is the gritty, beautiful work I see members of the APP engaged in as they work with the Holy Spirit to bring about a more charitable, just, and compassionate Church. I am humbled to learn from their witness and do my small part in creating the graphics for their speaker series!
- Andrea W.
Even though I have moved to Hamilton, OH, I continue my membership with APP because I relish the opportunity to be spiritually fed by such powerful voices through the speakers series. I am also inspired and supported by so many members!
- Becky N.
History of APP
In the summer of 1966, inspired by Second Vatican Council, a group of nineteen Roman Catholic priests from the Pittsburgh diocese met to discuss forming an independent group of ordained clergy. Almost immediately, The Association of Pittsburgh Priests began advocating for major church renewal and involvement in any number of social justice issues. In 1993 APP opened its membership to include former priests, religious and lay women and men. For over 50 years, APP has been a consistent movement fostering personal spiritual growth; full inclusion of the laity, especially women, in all dimension of Church life; and nonviolence, justice and peace in the most pressing social issues of the times.
Father Joe Mele
Father Bernie Survil
Father Vince Stegman
Father Peter Horton
Father John Oesterle
Board of Directors
The APP is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors are current APP members and are
voted into office by the APP membership.
APP leadership depends on its committees to perform necessary functions in a particular area. Their input and support is invaluable to the Board of Directors. Members of the APP are invited to contribute and join a committee.
Provides strategic oversight and guidance to one or more projects within the APP.
Seeks the fullest implementation of Vatican II's call to be a Church of ongoing reformation and spiritual renewal and to be a people who integrate their faith into daily life to the glory of God. To that end, the committee organizes the APP Speaker Series, promotes the teaching of Pope Francis, advocates for an increased role of women in the Church and a consistent ethic of life, works for lay leadership in our parishes and diocese, promotes an inclusive Catholic Church and calls for honesty and transparency by Church leaders.
Promotes the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching. The committee reads the signs of the times and becomes aware of all forms of injustice in our world. We ask all people to advocate for change in policies and actions that perpetuate such injustice. Prayer, Study and Action are at the heart of what we do.
Identifies potential new members, contacts lapsed members, and engages current members. Provides input and feedback regarding membership needs, programs and policies.
Communication & Technology
Supports and implements the internal and external communications of the APP, including web-based communications, social media, and public relations. Works behind the scenes to run the Speaker Series and maintains the website.