Representatives of the Nomination Committee are now visiting every congregation in the diocese to engage parishioners in a discussion about what they value in their parish, their hopes for the future, and the kind of leader the diocese needs.

Members of All Souls, North Versailles, were the first on March 20th, but within about two months, all parishioners in the diocese will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns about the selection of the next Bishop.

More than a simple presentation or Q&A about the search process, these forums are structured to give everyone a voice in shaping a key instrument that will be used to screen candidates. The Nomination Committee will use the outcome of the discussions to publish a diocesan Profile later this summer. The Profile gives both potential candidates and the diocese a template by which all nominees will be evaluated.

"We are honoring our commitment to an open and transparent process, and by going to each parish we can hear from as many people as choose to participate," said the Nomination Committee chair, Dana Phillips.

Parish forums scheduled to-date are listed below. Clergy will have additional copies of the materials to distribute as needed to the home-bound. A survey will also be available on the diocesan website in May for those unable to attend any forum.

March 27

St. Brendan's, Franklin Park, after 10 a.m. service

April 2

All Saints, Bridgeville, after 5:00 p.m. service

April 3

St. Mark's, Johnstown, at breakfast

Holy Cross, Homewood, after 10:30 a.m. service

St. Andrew's, Highland Park, 4-5:30 p.m.

April 10

Nativity, Crafton, after 10 a.m. service
Christ Church, Indiana, after 10:30 a.m. service
 

April 17

Trinity Cathedral, Downtown, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in the Blue Room.
 

May 1

Calvary, East Liberty, 10 a.m. adult forum & following the 11:00 a.m. service

St. Bartholomew's, Scottsdale, after 10 a.m. service

Emmanuel, North Side, after 10:30 a.m. service

St. Peter's, Blairsville, after 10:30 a.m. service

May 8

St. Stephen's, Wilkinsburg, after 10:30 a.m. service

May 15

St. Paul's, Mt. Lebanon, after 10:30 a.m. service

All Saints, Brighton Heights, after the 10:30 a.m. service

May 22

St. Paul's, Kittanning, after 9 a.m. service
St. Michael's of the Valley, Ligonier, 9:15 a.m.

St. Thomas, Oakmont, after 10:30 a.m. service
St. Peters, Brentwood, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

 

May 29

 

St. Stephen's, McKeesport, after 10:00 a.m. service

June 5

Church of the Advent, Jeannette, 9:00 a.m.
Christ Church, North Hills, after the 10:00 a.m. service

June 12

 

St. Thomas, Canonburg, after the 10:00 a.m. service
Redeemer, Squirrel Hill, after the 10:30 a.m. service