It is with great joy that we announce the work of our nonprofit corporation, Revolution of Tenderness! Since 2011, we have been providing engrossing and relevant programming, through the work of the Pittsburgh Encounter and the Youngstown Marian Pilgrimage, in Pennsylvania and Ohio. We offer exhibits on the geneticist and doctor Jérôme Lejeune and his work, the building of the Cathedral of Milan, the chemical, biological, and physical science behind planet Earth's development, John Henry Newman, and aid and development for the poor in third world countries; classical and contemporary music concerts; prayer gatherings; and fascinating speaker series. The leadership at Revolution of Tenderness has successfully produced such diverse and well-attended projects as the Religious Sense Symposium, which took place at Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2011; the Pittsburgh Encounter, which offered speakers, exhibits, and concerts during three separate cultural festivals; and the annual Youngstown Marian Pilgrimage, which gathers people from as far away as Michigan and Washington, DC to walk prayerfully through downtown Youngstown, Ohio on August 15; the pilgrimage is now in its fourth year.
We are therefore tremendously excited to announce that together with your help, we intend to organize the third annual Festival of Friendship for 2018! Our past Festivals have been greatly successful. We model our work on two existing festivals: the annual Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples in Rimini and the New York Encounter which takes place each January. The 2017 Pittsburgh Festival of Friendship featured three exhibits, many expert speakers, and two cultural music concerts. Our plans for the 2018 Festival are looking to be just as exciting and diverse! Meanwhile, we have also begun work on a new literary journal, titled Convivium Journal; a new publishing house called Mandylion Press, which has already produced three new titles, The Sacrament of Reconciliation for Children; On the Shoulders of Giants (exhibit catalogue); and Drama Surrounded by Splendor (exhibit catalogue). We have numerous other exciting initiatives in the works!
Our mission is to offer cultural, religious, and educational events and publications inspired by our tireless openness to all that is lovely and good; convinced, moreover, that human freedom only flourishes within a tenacious faithfulness to communion, our programming always seeks out and privileges unity in ourselves, within our world, and in our community. In order to fulfill this mission, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the support of people who care about the cultural and educational aspects of our faith, we would not be able to serve the large numbers of people who have already been impacted by our various events.
In 2006, 2010, and 2016, a few of us had the opportunity to visit the Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples held annually in Rimini, Italy. During those days on the Adriatic sea coast, we experienced something out of this world: a new human blossoming. We did not know how, but we knew that we had to bring this beauty back to the United States to share it with as many people as possible. During the next several years, we started small and stayed local. Meanwhile, friends in New York City have organized the New York Encounter, an annual three-day festival modeled on the Rimini Meeting, which only deepened our desire to share the same beauty elsewhere.
With a desire to expand and to support others who share our passion for culture and for the unique and beautiful understanding of culture that we experienced in Rimini and at the New York Encounter, we incorporated as a nonprofit so that we could begin to help this beauty spread!