The Pittsburgh Encounter 2013:
‘O Human Race, Born to Fly Upward!’:
Faith as the Recognition of an Exceptional Presence
September 6-8, 2013
St. Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA
Synod Hall Auditorium - 108 N. Dithridge Street - Pittsburgh, PA 15213
“Essentially, faith is recognizing a Presence that is different, recognizing an exceptional, divine presence. Think of how many times the Samaritan woman had thirsted for the attitude with which Christ treated her in that instant. She had never realized it before, but when it happened she recognized it.” – Msgr. Luigi Giussani, founder of Communion & Liberation
The Pittsburgh Encounter is a weekend-long cultural festival sponsored by St. Paul Cathedral and the Pittsburgh, PA and Steubenville, OH communities of Communion & Liberation. The weekend is comprised of a series of presentations and exhibits understood in light of the fact that faith in Jesus Christ means to recognize Him present, here and now. The quote by Dante Alighieri, “O Human Race, Born to Fly Upward!” expresses that exigency, found in the human heart, to recognize this Presence and embrace it.
The Pittsburgh Encounter is directly inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration of a Year of Faith (October 11, 2012-November 24, 2013), and draws its energy from the examples of such Communion & Liberation-sponsored cultural events as the annual Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples (Rimini, Italy), and the annual New York Encounter. As its name implies, The Pittsburgh Encounter understands Christian faith as “the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new and decisive direction” (Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est). It seeks “to aid both the encounter with Christ through authentic witness to faith, and the ever-greater understanding of its contents” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Note with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith”).