World Meeting of Families establishes committees for Pope visit

Delaware County Council Chairman Mario Civera is serving on the planning committee for the World Meeting of Families — Philadelphia 2015, as the establishment of a comprehensive committee structure was announced Tuesday to prepare for the historic visit of Pope Francis in September.

“This is exciting for Philadelphia and for Delaware County,” Civera said in a prepared statement. “It doesn’t matter what religion you are because the goal is to celebrate the critical role of family here and around the world.

There will be 15 committees advising on myriad planning issues including liturgical development, combatting hunger and homelessness, and visitor experience among others.

Each committee will have a chair/co-chairs, as well as vice chairs who will work together with the members of their respective committees. Meetings are set to begin in earnest in early April. Several notable committees, such as security and transportation, are being headed by regional authorities and governmental agencies. Senior leadership from the World Meeting of Families — Philadelphia 2015 will represent the organization to those bodies. The World Meeting of Families — Philadelphia 2015 will closely coordinate with the City of Philadelphia on communications.

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“In preparing for the World Meeting of Families, we have been blessed with wonderful support from the entire community. Of special note is the willingness of business, civic, and cultural leaders to become engaged,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. “Whether Catholic or of another faith tradition, they have responded equally with open hearts, great enthusiasm and strong commitment. I’m deeply grateful to those who have accepted the invitation to serve on the committees being announced today and I’m confident that we will create a beautiful and memorable week for our families here in the Philadelphia region — and for families from around the world.”

The following is the full committee list, identifying chairs/co-chairs and vice chairs for the World Meeting of Families — Philadelphia 2015:

Communications and Marketing

Chair: Tod J. MacKenzie, senior vice president of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Aramark

Vice Chairs: A. Bruce Crawley, president and principal owner, Millennium 3 Management, Inc. (M3M); Jay Devine, president and CEO, Devine + Partners

Development/Fundraising

Chair: Eustace Mita, CEO, Achristavest

Vice Chairs: Ward Fitzgerald, managing principal, CEO, Exeter Property Group; Lucille Francesco, chair, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Gala

GO PHILADELPHIA

Co-Chair: Meryl Levitz, President and CEO, Visit Philadelphia

Co-Chair: Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office

Government Outreach; Chair: Steve Fera, senior vice president, Public Affairs, Independence Blue Cross

Vice Chair: Michael J. Tierney, partner, Dilworth Paxson LLP

Health Resources

Chair: Jerry M. Francesco, D.Ph. chair, board of trustees,The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia

Vice Chair: Karen Alston, RN, MSN, MBA, executive vice president/chief nurse officer, The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia

Housing Committee (Vatican, PCF, VIPs, and AOP Housing Specific)

Chair: Fr. Paul Kennedy, pastor, Saint Katherine of Siena Parish, Philadelphia

Vice-Chair: Sr. Virginia Rozich C.S.F.N., Regional Contact of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth

Hunger and Homelessness

Chair: Sr. Mary Scullion, executive director, Project HOME

Vice Chair: Anne Healy Ayella, associate director, Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Liturgy Committee

Chair: Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill, director, Office for Divine Worship and Rector, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Archdiocese of Philadelphia;

Vice Chair: Dr. John Romeri, director, Office for Liturgical Music, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Liturgy Sub-Committee: Liturgical Music

Chair: Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill, director, Office for Divine Worship and Rector, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Archdiocese of Philadelphia;

Vice Chair: Dr. John Romeri, director, Office for Liturgical Music, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Papal Events

Co-Chair: Karen Dougherty Buchholz, senior vice president of administration, Comcast Corp.

Co-Chair: Josephine Mandeville, chair and president, The Connelly Foundation

Vice-Chairs: Varsovia Fernandez, president and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Katie Keating, Community Leader; Dr. Keith Leaphart, president and CEO, Replica Creative; Amelia Q. Riley, senior manager, Comcast Corp.

Parish and School Preparation Committee

Co-Chair: Meghan Cokeley, director, Office of the New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Co-Chair: Christopher Mominey, chief operating officer and secretary for Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Visa and Immigration

Chair: Fr. Bruce Lewandowski, C. SS. R, Vicar for Cultural Ministries, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Vice Chair: Mark Shea, Esq., administrator, Immigration Program, Catholic Social Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Volunteer

Chair: Alison Grove, principal, Grimm & Grove

Vice Chair: Patricia Schwartz, executive director PennSERVE: The Governor’s Office of Citizen Service

Welcome Committee

Chair: Jack Ferguson, president and CEO, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

Vice-Chair: Greg Fox, board chairman, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Partner, Montgomery McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP

Youth Congress Committee

Chair: Rev. Stephen P. DeLacy, Vocation Office for Diocesan Priesthood, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Vice Chair: Sr. William Catherine Brannen, IHM, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

“We are so grateful to those willing to give of their time and talent in support of this once-in-a-generation event,” said Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families — Philadelphia 2015. “It is encouraging to see our community come together to deliver such an important event for our city, our state and our nation. Truly, we are indebted to those who have agreed to lead committees for the World Meeting of Families and to all who will serve on these committees moving forward. It is their efforts, which will make this event so incredibly special.”