Diocese Evangelist to Recruit Members

By Kennedy, Corinne | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 23, 2014 | Go to article overview

Diocese Evangelist to Recruit Members


Kennedy, Corinne, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has recruited a national expert in evangelization to draw those who left the faith back to church and help emphasize Catholic education, diocesan officials said Thursday.

Bishop David Zubik appointed Michel P. Therrien, a professor of moral theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, to the position of secretary for evangelization and Catholic education. He'll start the job on July 1.

The position is being restructured, along with the Catholic school system, to emphasize preaching the Gospels and bringing members to the faith. Church membership in Allegheny County declined by 27.2 percent between 2000 and 2010, statistics show.

Therrien, a former academic dean and professor at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, is considered "a national leader in forming the faithful and the New Evangelization, and teaching people not only about our faith but how to live that faith," said Helene Taharik, associate general secretary for the diocese.

Therrien could not be reached for comment. …

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