About the Pittsburgh Encounter

Faith in the risen Christ is the supreme act of human intelligence, grasping reality with honesty and affection, lovingly affirming it.      — Monsignor Luigi Giussani, founder of Communion and Liberation

The Pittsburgh Encounter is a weekend-long cultural festival sponsored by the Cathedral of Saint Paul and the Pittsburgh, PA and Steubenville, OH communities of the ecclesial movement Communion & Liberation.  Through a series of thought-provoking and fascinating presentations and exhibits, attendees will explore the method of knowledge that faith involves—indirect knowledge through a witness—and its central role in a flourishing, truly human culture.  All events are free and open to the public, and will take place in Synod Hall, adjacent to the Cathedral (125 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213).

The Pittsburgh Encounter is directly inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration of a Year of Faith from October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013, and draws its energy from the example 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).