CCOC is pleased to support with the Association of Pittsburgh Priests an event hosted by Pathways to Lay Leadership on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 7 PM.  The event will focus on the question: With a nation in crisis and a wounded church, how do we venture forth spiritually, or is it enough to just hunker down?   The speaker will be Dr. Eileen Burke Sullivan, Vice Provost for Mission and Ministry, Creighton University.  She will help guide us through a Zoom interactive workshop facilitated by Lois Campbell.  There is no fee to attend, but registration is necessary.  To register, please visit

A Gathering of CCOC members occurred on January 11, 2020. It was a day filled with enthusiasm, energy, and hope.  Many issues were discussed, and many ideas emerged about where CCOC members could focus their energies for making positive changes in our Church in 2020.  More information about the event and its outcomes will be posted on this website in the near future.

If you are interested in having members of CCOC come to talk with members of your parish, or just you and a group of friends, we would welcome the opportunity to meet with you. Register on the Contact Us page, and share information about what you have in mind in the Comments section of the registration. If you would like to talk to a CCOC member about a meeting, tell us that, too!

In the fall of 2019, Bishop Zubik, the bishop held four sessions at various churches to answer questions from laity. These were not very well attended, unfortunately, and many who attended shared the disappointment that they could not express their thoughts about what is happening with our Church in Pittsburgh. Listening Sessions are being considered for the latter part of 2020 at local churches, and will be scheduled once such gatherings are allowed again during this pandemic. These will be co-sponsored by parishes, CCOC, other lay advocacy groups, and led by laity. The purpose will be to share feelings about what is happening in the parish and the diocese, and have attendees share their own thoughts on what positive changes are needed in our Church. Information and details of the Listening Sessions will be posted on the website once the dates are set.