This summer’s Theology on Tap young-adult discussion series is spreading out across Monroe County and will run throughout the summer.
Theology on Tap is a program for Catholics and friends in their 20s and 30s who want to meet and discuss their faith in relaxed environments.
In addition to the previously used locations of Johnny’s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Road, Rochester, and Jitters Caf√©, Southtown Plaza, Henrietta, the series has added On the Rocks Grill, 1551 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester, and Mulconry’s Irish Pub, 17 Liftbridge Lane East, Fairport.
The new venues are intended to draw additional people to the events and to reflect the variety of the nine parishes and organizations cosponsoring the series, said Shannon Loughlin, director of diocesan young-adult and campus ministries.
She noted that last year more than 150 young adults — including some new faces — attended the series when it was split between two locations and held on different days and times. Loughlin said the hope is to draw new people to local venues and help connect them with parishes, if they are not already connected.
The diocese has sponsored more than 80 such discussions over the past six years and has seen a huge growth in the number of attendees, Loughlin said. That’s why the series has expanded to 12 sessions for the summer, she noted.
“We’re hoping to keep on expanding as the interest continues to grow,” Loughlin said.
This year’s Theology on Tap series is cosponsored by the Diocese of Rochester; the diocesan Office of Vocations and Seminarians; Guardian Angels and Good Shepherd parishes, Henrietta; St. Joseph Parish, Penfield; St. Christopher Parish, North Chili; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Rochester; St. Paul Parish, Webster; St. John of Rochester Parish, Fairport; and the University of Rochester’s Newman Community.
Discussions will run from June 24 through Sept. 9. Following the conclusion of the series, Loughlin said that Bishop Matthew H. Clark will celebrate Mass with young adults and others at 12:15 Sept. 13 at Blessed Sacrament, 534 Oxford St., Rochester.
EDITOR’S NOTE: For details on Theology on Tap, call 585-328-3228, ext. 1218.
Theology on Tap schedule
The following is a list of topics and locations for this summer’s Theology on Tap series. All talks begin at 7 p.m.
* June 24: “What’s with Community?” with Dr. David Stosur, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, at Mulconry’s Irish Pub
* June 30: “Stem Cells and the Catholic Church” with Sister of St. Joseph Patricia Schoelles, president of St. Bernard’s, at On the Rocks Grill
* July 7: “Angels and Demons” with Barb Swiecki, Guardian Angels’ pastoral administrator, at Jitters Cafe
* July 15: “A Disciple’s Radical Yes” with Peter Van Lieshout and Greg Rupik, diocesan seminarians, at Johnny’s Irish Pub
* July 22: “Living Our Gifts” with Nancy DeRycke, Good Shepherd’s pastoral administrator, at Jitters Cafe
* July 28: “Am I a Machine?” with Dr. Staszek Radziszowski, a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, at Johnny’s Irish Pub
* Aug. 4: “Africa, AIDS, Condoms and the Church” with Kevin Mannara, liturgy coordinator at Rochester’s St. Mary Church, at On the Rocks Grill
* Aug. 10: “It’s More Than Just the Our Father” with Damien Zynda, faith-formation coordinator at Pittsford’s Church of the Transfiguration, at Mulconry’s Irish Pub
* Aug. 19: “Faith and Finances” with Chuck Sawyer at Jitters Cafe
* Aug. 25: “Being Catholic in the 21st Century” with Jamie Fazio, campus minister at Nazareth College, at Johnny’s Irish Pub
* Sept. 1: “Making Christian Choices” with Father Robert Kennedy, Blessed Sacrament’s pastor, at Johnny’s Irish Pub
* Sept. 9: “Discipleship during Times of Societal Crisis” with Michael Sauter, pastoral administrator at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Livingston County, at Jitters Cafe