Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Save the Date: Fr. Helmut Schüller on Speaking Tour in United States - July/August 2013

Fr. Helmut Schüller, the founder of the Austrian priests' Pfarrer Initiative which is calling for major reforms in the Catholic Church to alleviate the burden priests are feeling as a result of the growing shortage of clergy in that denomination.

The tour, which is being called The Catholic Tipping Point because priests and people worldwide are creating a critical mass transforming the Church from the bottom up, will take Fr. Schüller to many major American cities. It is being sponsored by Call To Action, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, CORPUS, DignityUSA, FutureChurch, New Ways Ministry, National Coalition of American Nuns, Quixote Center, Catholics Speak Out!, Voice of the Faithful, and Women's Ordination Conference.

Those planning to attend these events are being asked to wear red ribbons as a symbol of the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost which empowers all the faithful to take responsibility for the Church. Those ribbons will be given to Fr. Schüller at the end of each event and after the final event, they will be presented to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a symbol of how many committed Catholics in this country are yearning for a reformed and renewed Church.

Because this movement emphasizes clergy and laity working together, organizers are also suggesting that participants "continue the conversation" by talking directly with their own parish priests. "Ask your priest if he feels overstretched or if there are pastoral roles he feels must be skipped because of the work load and volunteer to help around the parish. Let him know that you appreciate him, and that you know we need to work together to make our communities vibrant and move our church forward. Listen to what he has to share and let him know you love your church."

Here are the tour dates so far:

July 16 New York City
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
7:00 PM
Contact: Francis X. Piderit C: 917-916-7575 T: 212-826-3118
Art McGrath

July 17 Boston, MA
First Church and Parish
670 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026
7:00 PM - Open to the public, no pre-registration needed. No admission fee.
Contact: Ron DuBois 781-843-1676

July 19 Philadelphia, PA
Chestnut Hill College
SugarLoaf Hill, Bells Mill Road and Germantown Ave,
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Suggested Donation $10
7: 00 PM
Contact: Regina Bannan 215-545-9649
Joe Boyle

July 20 Baltimore, MD
Faith Presbyterian Church
5400 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239
2-4 pm
Contact: Sr. Jeannine Gramick 301.864.3604
Dolly Pomerleau 301.699.0042

July 22 Washington, D.C.
National Press Club
Zanger Room, 10 am
Open to Press Club members
Contact: Erin Saiz Hanna 401-588-0457
Ben Palumbo 202-957-2416

Augustana Lutheran Church
2100 New Hampshire Ave, NW
7-9 pm - Open to the public
RSVP: or 301.699.0042

July 24 Chicago, IL
Theatre Building of UNO Rogers Park
7400 Ridge Ave, Chicago (immediately south of Scholastica Monastery)
Registration and Networking 6-7 PM
Contact: Bob Heineman 847-682-1056

July 25 Cleveland, OH
Independence Middle School Auditorium
6111 Archwood Road, Independence, OH
7:00 PM
Contact: Liz England
Sr. Christine Schenk 216-228-0869 x4

July 26 Cleveland, OH
Cleveland City Club
850 Euclid Ave # 200
Luncheon: (Phone ahead for reservations) (216) 621-0082
Contact: Sr. Christine Schenk 216-228-0869 x4

July 26 Detroit, MI
SS Simon and Jude
32500 Palmer Rd. Westland, MI
7:30 PM
Contact: Fr. Gerry Bechard 734-722-1343

July 27 Cincinnati
Fairview-Clifton German Language School
3689 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
2-4 pm
Contact: Deborah Rose Milavec

July 29 Denver, CO
Capitol Heights Presbyterian
1100 Fillmore Street
7 PM
Contact: Brad Cameron 303-832-4282

July 31 San Diego, CA
The First Unitarian Universalist Church
Bard Hall 4190 Front Street San Diego, CA 92103
7:00 PM
Contact: Michael Crowley
David Glassner 858-864-2708

August 2 Los Angeles, CA
Westminster Presbyerian Church
Morrison Hall
1757 North Lake Ave.,
Pasadena, CA 91104. 7:30 pm
Contact: Fr. Kevin Steen 323-258-2916
Frank Miller

August 4 Portland, OR
Central Lutheran Church
1820 NE 21st. Ave, Portland, OR 97212
2-4 PM
Contact: Nancy Dennehy 503-238-1942

August 5 Seattle, WA
Seattle United Methodist Church
180 Denny Way, Seattle, WA
Contact: Patrick Callahan revcall@aol.com206-329-1234

August 6 Manhasset, NY
Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset, NY 1103
Social Hall: 7:00 PM (coffee @ 6:30)
Contact: Phil Megna
Pat Paone 516-627-2438

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