The Next Step Group of the Sam Shoemaker Community* is pleased to host the Reverend John J. Fetterman (Ret.), who will offer reflections on finding God in our life journeys, and will emphasize our experience with the God of our history, the God who is even more to be discovered than remembered. He will make ample use of the theology of Franciscan friar, Father Richard Rohr, who has written extensively about using the Twelve Steps as a springboard to bringing God into everyone's life.

Fr. Fetterman is currently serving as Theologian in Residence at Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside. Fr. Fetterman was ordained in Rome in 1962 after completing graduate studies in Theology at the Gregorian University. He was received into Anglican Orders in 1978 by Bishop Robert Appleyard. He served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as priest, teacher (University of Pittsburgh) and Nursing Home Administrator (Canterbury Place) until 1992. He then moved to Madison, WI as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church and continued his ministry as pastor and teacher.

In 2002, Fr. Fetterman returned to the Diocese of Pittsburgh and was appointed as the Priest-in-Charge of All Souls in North Versailles. He left that ministry in 2010 because of the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. He returned to the congregation at Calvary Church in 2012 and was shortly appointed to his current position.

Fr. Richard Rohr founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1986, where he presently serves as founding director. He is the author of more than 20 books on spirituality including, Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, Immortal Diamondand Falling Upward. He leads retreats and lectures internationally.


*The Next Step is a small discussion group founded upon the six spiritual principles of Dr. Sam Shoemaker, well-known author and 12th Rector of Calvary Church. The group includes churched and non-churched folks who engage in collective self-examination, contemplation, and cultivation of the inner life in order to achieve spiritual and emotional sobriety. The group meets every Saturday at Calvary Church from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room.

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