Faith, Friendship, and the New Evangelization

Special thanks to all our friends and attendees for making our first annual St. Paul Center Gala dinner such a success.

The dinner, which took place on the first feast of Saint John Paul II, welcomed benefactors from nine different states, including one priest who drove more than 1,100 miles to be with us.

Bishop Zubik kicked off the evening with an invocation, remarking that from the LeMont, which sits on the edge of one of Pittsburgh’s highest bluffs, “We have a beautiful view of the City of Pittsburgh.” But more importantly, he continued, from inside the restaurant, “We have a beautiful view of the Church Alive!”

The evening featured a talk on the New Evangelization from Center President, Dr. Scott Hahn. Listen to it here

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Reflecting on the legacy of Saint John Paul II, Hahn challenged those gathered to stop thinking of the New Evangelization as just another program, and instead think of it as a way of life, both for the Church and for individuals.

“The Church exists to evangelize,” Hahn reminded attendees.  He also stressed the importance of living every moment as a witness.

“Our friendship with others is where someone will potentially encounter Christ and the Catholic Faith,” he explained.

Over the course of the evening, attendees also heard Hahn’s vision for the future of the St. Paul Center explaining that through DVDs, social media, Catholic radio, and more, the St. Paul Center wants to continue feeding the fire of the New Evangelization, ensuring that no one lacks the resources they need to grow in faith.

Bishop Monforton of Steubenville
giving the Benediction

Proceeds from the evening went to the “Building for the Future Campaign” which among other needs, sought to raise funds for the St. Paul Center’s new home on the campus of Franciscan University. The extensive retrofitting of an old, unused building has allowed the St. Paul Center to more than double its square footage, providing space for more staff, as well as for two media studios.

Due to the tremendous success of the event, plans are already underway for next year’s gala, which will take place on October 22, 2015, in Pittsburgh. Please mark your calendars!

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