Some Ecclesial Movement Opportunities in the Pittsburgh Area

Some Ecclesial Movement Opportunities in the Pittsburgh Area

Association of Pittsburgh Priests: The Association of Pittsburgh Priests (APP) is a diocesan-wide organization of ordained and non-ordained women and men who act on our baptismal call to be priests and prophets. Its mission, rooted in the Gospel and the spirit of Vatican II, is to carry out a ministry of justice and renewal in its members, the Church and the world. It offers a speakers’ series in the spring and the fall on topics of church renewal, peace and social justice.

For more information, go to:

Catholics for Change in Our Church (CCOC): CCOC is an independent organization of 1000+ concerned, committed Catholics, based in Pittsburgh, formed to affirm the laity’s rightful role of co-responsibility in the Church. The goal of CCOC is to bring about positive changes grounded in working collaboratively with the clergy and having the qualities of transparency, accountability, and competency. The seven focus areas of CCOC are: Supporting Abuse Victims/Survivors and Their Families, Financial Transparency, Addressing Clericalism, Strengthening and Diversifying the Clergy, Pathways to Lay Leadership, Engaging and Empowering Youth, and Lay Oversight of Diocesan Functions.

For more information and resources or to get involved, please visit or contact Kevin Hayes at

Pathways to Lay Leadership: Pathways to Lay Leadership (PLL) is a collaboration of concerned and committed lay Catholics promoting co-responsibility of the laity and the realization that we are called, gifted, and sent. PLL seeks to educate, encourage, and prepare the laity to identify concrete ways that they can use their gifts and talents in leadership roles for the purpose of furthering the mission entrusted to the Church. For more information, please contact Gretchen Jezerc at

Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi: Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi is associated with Pax Christi USA, The Catholic Peace Movement. We gather monthly for prayer, study and action in pursuit of peace, justice and Gospel nonviolence, personally, in our neighborhoods, the Church, and the world. Members work especially to end racial injustice and the elimination of nuclear weapons. We sponsor a public, ecumenical Way of the Cross/Way of Compassion on Good Friday and an annual commemoration of the four American Churchwomen who were killed Dec. 2, 1980 during El Salvador's brutal US backed civil war.

For more information, go to:, (Pax Christi International); local email:

For information on our efforts on nuclear disarmament: Stop Banking the Bomb:

Focolare: Focolare is a movement of spiritual and social renewal, founded in Trent, Italy, in 1943 and is officially known as the Work of Mary. It aims at spreading the message of unity worldwide. Inspired by Jesus’ prayer to the Father, “May they all be one” (Jn 17:21), its goal is to promote brotherhood and to achieve a more united world in which people respect and value diversity. To achieve this goal, people of the Movement engage in various forms of dialogue and are committed to building bridges of fraternal relationships among individuals, between cultural groups and in every area of society. Members of the Movement include Christians of different Churches and ecclesial communities, members of the major world religions and people of no particular religious belief. Each one adheres to the Movement’s goal and spirit, while faithfully following the precepts of their own faith and conscience. At the heart of the movement are small communities of men and women who consecrate their lives to God with vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and live in separate households. Married people are also members of these communities, while remaining in their families and being faithful to their commitment to marriage.

For more information, contact: Men's Focolare House, 5548 Beacon St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217

e-mail:; Tel. No. 412-904-4022 Website:

Women's Focolare House, 5506 Jackson Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

e-mail:; Tel. No. 412-450-8668

Christian Life Community (CLC): CLC is a worldwide association of lay-persons committed to living out their faith in everyday life, who are committed to work for justice and whose spirituality is Ignatian. We meet in small communities to share faith, discern personal and communal ministry and support each other in our faith journey. Christian Life Community roots trace back to the time of St. Ignatius of Loyola when a young Jesuit offered the Spiritual Exercises to lay persons and met with them in community to grow in the Christian life. Today CLC is in over 70 countries on all of the continents. Our international apostolic priorities are globalization and poverty, integral ecology, family and youth.

For more information, go to: or call 412-475-2324.

Lay Spiritan Associates of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit: Associates are laity, who are

moved by the Holy Spirit to serve the poorest of the poor, those who are vulnerable and excluded from

society. The call of the Associates comes out of deep prayer and relationship with God, with Mary, and

through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Lay Spiritan membership is open to all Catholics (over age

21) who have completed a prescribed probation period and a two-year formation program.

For more information, go to: and click on vocations.

Associates of the Sisters of St. Joseph: Associates are women and men who join the Sisters of St.

Joseph in their mission and share their charism without making a commitment to a vowed life. Associates

desire to live in union with God, with one another and with all creation. In response to God’s great love and

with mutual support, associates are deeply engaged in living the congregation’s mission of unity and

inclusive love of God and the dear neighbor without distinction. With a global awareness, associates allow

the mission to inform and guide their lives, while living the life to which they have been called by God.

For more information, go to:

Oblates of St. Benedict: Oblates of St. Benedict are people of the general community who formally

associate themselves with a specific Benedictine monastery. The Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh treasure

the gift of faith-filled Oblates. These women and men, through their quiet commitment to the Rule of

Benedict accompanied by prayer and praise of the Monastic Hours, give each of us strength to collaborate in

prayer, community, and ministry. For more information, go to:

Associates of the Sisters of Divine Providence: Associates of the Sisters of Divine Providence are

men and women who are drawn to, and called to, live out the charism of the founders of the Congregation of

Divine Providence: social justice and compassion. Associates come from diverse backgrounds and maintain

their own individual lifestyles. Associates are a part of the international Community of Divine Providence

(CDP). They are called to live in a spirit of unbounded trust in, and openness to, the Providence of God. They

support each other in a diversity of lifestyles striving to creatively confront current problems and issues. As

prophetic witnesses, they respond in compassion, holding all life sacred. Associates share the spiritual,

communal and ministerial life of the Sisters as their other vocational responsibilities allow.

For more information, go to:

Humility of Mary Associate Community: The Humility of Mary Associates carry out the charism and mission of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary to bring more abundant life to God’s people, especially those who are poor. HM Associates Community have chosen to deepen their baptismal call through prayer, service and community in the spirit of the founders of the Sisters. Associates must be 18 years of age and can be: Women or men (couples may join as well). Married, divorced or single. Of any denomination but comfortable with Christian spirituality.

For more information, contact: Anne York Romanoff, HM Associate Community Director PO Box 706, Villa Maria Community Center Villa Maria, PA 16155-0706 724-964-8920 x3075.

Secular Franciscans: The Lady Poverty Region of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order-USA, inspired by the Holy Spirit and their Rule, is called, to rebuild the Church. They seek to encounter the living and active person of Christ through apostolic activity in fraternity and in the world, going from Gospel to life and life to the Gospel, rebuilding the world, one Person at a time.

For more information,

Passionists Associates: The Associates are members of the laity (men and women) who enter into the life, mission and charism of the religious Congregation of the Passion. Following a careful formation, Associates make a binding commitment or covenant with the Passionists. The Associates form faith sharing communities that meet each month to pray, study the spiritual life, and socialize. They desire their spiritual life to be inspired and formed by the values of Passionist spirituality.

For more information, email: Fr. Don Ware, C.P. at or call him at 412-381-1188

Pittsburgh Cursillo Movement: Cursillo is a worldwide movement with centers in nearly all South and Central American countries, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand Aotearoa, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and in several African countries. The movement is recognized by the Holy See as member of the International Catholic Organizations of the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome. The Cursillo focuses on showing Christian laypeople how to become effective Christian leaders over the course of a three-day weekend. The weekend includes fifteen talks, called rollos, which are given by priests and by laypeople. The major emphasis of the weekend is to ask participants to take what they have learned back into the world, on what is known as the "fourth day." The method stresses personal spiritual development, as accelerated by weekly group reunions after the initial weekend.

For more information, email, phone (412)837-9450 or write to 203 Maplehurst Drive, Aliquippa, PA 15001

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