On Mission Commission

The On Mission Commission, comprised of representatives from each of the diocese’s 21 districts, will oversee the process of recommending to Bishop Zubik how parishes and schools can best deliver vibrant sacramental celebration, effective formation for discipleship, and compassionate pastoral care in the context of changing circumstances including demographics, financial conditions, and the projected number of priests.

They have the important responsibility of reviewing all of the draft models and gathered feedback from the priests, deacons, religious and lay faithful so they can submit a recommendation to Bishop David Zubik by December 31, 2017. The On Mission Commission members serve also as ambassadors of the planning initiative to their fellow parishioners in the district they represent.

The On Mission Commission members have five primary responsibilities:

  1. Discern, discuss and advise the Diocesan Bishop on strategic questions and opportunities for the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning initiative.
  2. Validate and/or offer refinement to the draft district models provided by the On Mission steering committees so that the model creation process is based in authenticity and transparency.
  3. Attend the consultation sessions at the district and cluster levels in order to gather feedback on future models.
  4. Publicize and support the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning initiative in their daily interactions so that as many people as possible can receive the invitation to participate in the process.
  5. Support Bishop Zubik’s decision and be a hopeful and Gospel-centered witness as the People of God move toward The Church Alive!
 

Membership

Sponsor


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Most Reverend David A. Zubik, DD

Sponsor and Convener

Bishop of Pittsburgh

 

At-Large Members

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Most Reverend William J. Waltersheid, VG

Vicar General

Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh Episcopal Vicar for Clergy

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Very Reverend Lawrence A. DiNardo, VG

Vicar General

General Secretary Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ms. Kathy Buechel

On Mission Commission Chair

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Dr. Linda Lee Ritzer

Associate General Secretary

Diocese of Pittsburgh


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Very Reverend Joseph M. Mele, VE, PhD

Leadership Development Chair

Episcopal Vicar for Leadership Development

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Dr. Michael Latusek

Schools Chair

Superintendent for Catholic Schools Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Mr. Bruno Bonacchi

Finance Chair

Chief Financial Officer Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Dr. Michel Therrien

Evangelization Chair

Secretary for Evangelization and Catholic Education Diocese of Pittsburgh


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Mr. Bob De Witt

Communications Chair

Director of Communications for On Mission

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Very Reverend Samuel J. Esposito, VE

Vicariate Planning Chair

Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Vicariate Region 3

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Deacon Kevin Lander

Recording Secretary

Associate General Secretary Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Reverend James G. Young

Priest Advisory Council

Diocese of Pittsburgh

 

Vicariate District Representatives

Vicariate 1

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Deacon Richard R. Cessar

District 1

Parish: St. Sebastian, Ross Township

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Mr. Conrad Johnson

District 2

Parish: St. Benedict the Moor, Hill District

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Ms. Elaine Bisiada

District 3

Parish: Prince of Peace, South Side

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Mr. Robert McCaughan

District 4

Parish: St. Raphael, Morningside

 

Vicariate 2

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Mr. Brian Caughey

District 1

Parish: Our Lady of Joy, Holiday Park

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Mr. Rich Gasperini

District 2

Parish: St. Winifred, Mt. Lebanon

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Mr. Alan Vezzi

District 3

Parish: St. Barbara, Bridgeville

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Mrs. Maxine Leffard

District 4

Parish: St. Angela Merici, White Oak


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Mr. Aaron Maricic

District 5

Parish: St. Clare of Assisi, Clairton

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Mrs. Marguerite Haldin

District 6

Parish: St. Therese of Lisieux, Munhall

 

Vicariate 3

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Sister Judith Marie Blizzard, CSSF

District 1

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Convent

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Sister Janet Mock, CSJ

District 2

Saint Titus Convent

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Mrs. Charlene Bozovich

District 3

Parish: Ave Maria, Bentleyville/Ellsworth/Cokeburg

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Ms. Erenia Karomchemti

District 4

Parish: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Meadow Lands


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Mr. Gabriel Engel

District 5

Parish: Holy Family, New Brighton

 

Vicariate 4

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Mrs. Jean Pascale

District 1

Parish: St. James the Apostle, Pulaski

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Mr. Daniel Fritz

District 2

Parish: St. Joseph, Cabot

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Mr. Bob Dandoy

District 3

Parish: St. Peter, Butler

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Ms. Susan Eppley

District 4

Parish: St. Alphonsus, Wexford


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Mr. Gary Eiseman

District 5

Parish: St. Alphonsus, Springdale Borough

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Mrs. Joanne Saunders

District 6

Parish: St. Scholastica, Aspinwall