May, 2018

Dear Brothers,

May the graces of this Easter Season be with you!

I want to invite you to the 2018 Annual International Fraternity Meeting. The theme is Rooted in Christ, Torches of Love. The Pittsburgh Fraternity will be hosting this year’s meeting at the St. Paul of the Cross Passionate Retreat Center from Sunday, August 5 through lunch on Friday, August 10.

Deacon James Keating

Deacon James Keating, PhD

Our presenter this year is Deacon James Keating, Ph.D. Deacon Keating is the Director of Theological Formation at the Institute for Priestly Formation. He leads the retreats for Seminary Faculty and Seminary Formators provided by IPF and is the director of IPF Publications. He has been a source of great encouragement and wisdom for many seminarians, priests and formation directors over the years.

The registration cost which includes the conference, lodging, and meals will be $450. As in previous years, the Fraternity Board at our recent meeting has agreed on a travel reimbursement up to $300.00 for those from North America and up to $1000.00 for those from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Please alert us beforehand on the registration form that you will need a reimbursement and enclose a copy of your paid airfare bill. If an individual brother needs more financial assistance, please contact me by e-mail at It will be up to each of you to arrange your flights to Pittsburgh International Airport. Try to arrive during the afternoon or evening of Sunday, August 5. The brothers from the Pittsburgh Fraternity will arrange for transportation from the airport to the St. Paul’s Retreat Center. Transportation to the airport at the end of the conference will also be provided.

Early registration is advised. Although the retreat center will accommodate many priests, there are only 20 rooms with private baths and air conditioning. Other rooms have fans and a common bath. The conference room and chapel are air conditioned.

This meeting is open to all members of the Fraternity of Priests. However, I do want to make a special appeal to local Fraternity leaders. Our gathering strengthens our bonds of fraternity and clarifies our mission of service to our brother priests and to the Church.

As usual we will cover some business at the meeting, in particular the election of new board members. Please pray that the Lord provide us with men willing to serve the Fraternity at large. We will also be nominating a brother for the Annual Brotherhood Award. Please indicate this name on your registration form. Even if you are not attending the conference, you may nominate a brother for this award.

Please join us. Keep the conference and Deacon James Keating in your prayers. And pray for all the brothers in the Fraternity, especially those participating in this wonderful gathering.

In Christ,

Fr. Bob Franco


To concelebrate Mass you will need a letter of suitability. Here is pertinent information for requesting that letter from your diocese:

Dates: August 5-August 10 (Adjust if you will be coming earlier or leaving later).
Reason: Participating in the Annual Fraternity of Priests Meeting, held this year at the St. Paul of the Cross Passionate Retreat Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Contact person: Fr. Gerald Laba CP
Address of location: St. Paul of the Cross Passionate Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Local Bishop: Bishop David A. Zubik DD, MSEd.
Diocese: 111 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center

Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 381-7676

St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center