40th Anniversary Mass and Celebration

Celebrating 40 Years of Service to the Church

On October 19th, many of our collaborators, past employees, and friends gathered to celebrate and recognize the contributions of Paulist Evangelization Ministries (PEM) over its 40 years of service to the Church.

The evening began in St. Paul’s Chapel in Caldwell Hall (on the campus of The Catholic University of America) with a lovely Mass celebrated by the president of the Paulist Fathers, Fr. Eric Andrews. PEM President Fr. Frank DeSiano offered the homily and told those gathered, “being evangelized isn’t an on and off switch…being evangelized is living as a disciple, it is something that you grow into, it is a way of life.” Watch an excerpt from Fr. DeSiano’s homily below.

After Mass guests headed to the Pryzbyla Center to catch up with old friends and former coworkers and to make new connections. During dinner, Fr. Eric toasted PEM’s forty years saying,

“How wonderful it is, for 40 years PEM…has been hearing the call to go out and invite people to take a good look at the Catholic Church, to reach out to those who are unchurched or looking for a church home and provide resources and invitations for them to come and see more.”

Guests were also able to watch a special video commemorating PEM’s forty years of contributions to evangelization, which you can watch here. The night ended with a special cake cutting by Fr. Kenneth Boyack, CSP, Vice President of PEM and guests took home PEM mugs and prayer cards in their goody bags.

Help us continue the celebration by donating here.


More pictures from the evening: