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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 12, 2014 – La Roche College invites the public to a Catholic Common Ground Conversation on Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. to discuss “An Evaluation of the First Year of Francis I’s Ministry as the Bishop of Rome.”

This year’s conversation, facilitated by Father Thomas Schaefer, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic affairs, will take place in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center at La Roche’s main campus in the North Hills. The event is free and open to anyone who wants to participate in a lively discussion.

The Catholic Common Ground Initiative, inspirited by the call to be one in Christ, invites Catholics with differing views about critical issues in the Church to engage in prayerful dialogue for the sake of building up communion in the Church. Participants also can make a free-will offering to support the Sister Candace Introcaso Student Emergency Fund at La Roche.

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the late archbishop of Chicago, started the Catholic Common Ground Initiative in October of 1996. La Roche College holds Common Ground conversations in honor of Father Eugene Lauer, the College’s former academic vice president, campus minister and chair of the humanities division.

Preregistration is strongly encouraged. To register for the event, contact Gina Miller at or 412-536-1085.


About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.



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