The Pope John Paul I Association began with a small group of people who undertook the task of organizing the centenary conference in Queens, New York in October 2012. We were incorporated in 2013.
Our next project is to publish the conference papers and audio. We plan to have more conferences, workshops and talks.
The Pope John Paul I Association was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of New York on February 7, 2013. We are established for 501 (c) (3) purposes, which as stated in our certificate of incorporation, are:
1. To spread accurate knowledge of the life, writing, and spirituality of Pope John Paul I through means such as publications, conferences, workshops, the media and internet and to promote the cause for his beatification and canonization.
2. To provide a means for those of any faith who are interested in the purpose of the association to obtain information and to network with each other.
Albino Luciani’s life was a humble and hidden one. This obscure cardinal was elected Pope to everyone’s amazement on August 26, 1978. He left more amazement and consternation behind him when he died suddenly after only a month as Pope. It might not seem that his papacy had much influence, but the strength of that influence is being revealed more and more with time, especially since his canonization process was started in 2003.
On October 17, 2012, we marked the 100th anniversary of his birth. During that same week, on October 11, the Church commemorated the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and opened the Year of Faith promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI. The same month of October also saw the Synod on the New Evangelization.
This convergence of events seems providential, because Papa Luciani’s life as a priest and bishop was dedicated to furthering the Catholic faith through evangelization, and purifying it through holiness of life. His efforts were directed toward fulfilling the aims of Vatican II for the advancement and renewal of the faith in the life of the Church.
Our efforts will be directed toward understanding John Paul I’s life and his message through these themes that were important throughout his life.