Dear Young Adults of the Church of Pittsburgh,

Be a friend. Be a friend of Jesus. Make friends for Jesus.

Screen-Shot-2012-09-06-at-2.33.13-AM-300x256Those of you who read my fourth pastoral letter to the Church of Pittsburgh, The Church Evangelizing! know that these twelve words sum up what it means for you and me to be evangelizers.

At the Last Supper, as Jesus shared the Passover meal with His disciples, He turned to them and said: “I have called you friends” (John 15:15). Jesus desires all of us to be His close companions—to know Him, to love and to be loved by Him and to walk with Him. He is calling each and every one of us to fellowship with Him as a member of His Church and with each other.

One way that you can enter into this friendship with Jesus is through our Diocesan young adult community. From “Theology on Tap” and “Mass Mobs” to Bible studies and service projects, there are several ways for you to get involved, no matter where you live in and around the city. These opportunities to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus and with others continue to grow throughout our area.

My desire for you is to never let the world stop you from coming to Jesus. Saint Augustine said: “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.” When Jesus died on the cross, His arms were stretched open wide, wanting to embrace us and to invite us into everlasting friendship with Him. Will you accept His invitation?

Grateful for our belief that “Nothing is Impossible with God,” I am

Your brother in Christ,


Most Reverend David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh