Hi! We’re Joseph and Alecia Moss and we will be attending World Meeting of Families. We are a married couple who are both fully initiated in the Roman Catholic Church and were sacramentally married in the Church on July 27, 1985. We met in 1984 when we were both active duty in the US Air Force and were stationed at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi. Joe is a physician and Alecia is a nurse. We have lived in Greensburg, Pennsylvania since 1994.
We have three children. Our oldest daughter is 26 years old and was married in the Church 2 ½ years ago. She and her husband just had their first child—our first grandchild—in December. They live in Latrobe, PA, near us. She works as a physician’s assistant in Joe’s Nephrology practice. Our younger daughter is 23 years old and works as an Industrial Engineer in Washington, DC. Our son is 21 years old and is a junior at Fordham University Rosehill, Bronx, NY.
Our parish is St. Vincent Basilica parish and is in the diocese of Greensburg. It is a Benedictine parish which is associated with a college, archabbey and monastery. At St. Vincent Basilica, we are Eucharistic Ministers, leaders of Children’s Liturgy of the Word and have sponsored a couple for Marriage Preparation. Joe is a Knight of Columbus and Alecia is on the Adult Education Committee. We have both been involved with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and have invited international pilgrims into our home. We also organized housing for a group of pilgrims traveling to World Youth Day in Toronto in 2002.
We are traveling to World Meeting of Families to be allies and give support to LGBTQ Catholics and their families. Our son is a gay young adult and does not feel welcome in the Catholic Church. We have extended family members who are very conservative and non-affirming. We would like to be involved in conversations that support the dignity of LGBTQ Catholics and help the wider church to put into practice the acceptance and love that Jesus preached.
If we were to meet Pope Francis, we would tell him that we love our son and we love the Catholic Church. The pope’s simple phrase, “Who am I to judge?” gave us hope that one day our church would see our son for the brilliant, kind young man that he is. We hope that by going to World Meeting of Families, we can join Pope Francis in building that church.