IN PREPARATION for the World Meeting of Families, which will bring Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September, 15 committees have been formed to advise leaders on issues ranging from housing to volunteerism.

The committees and their respective chairs, co-chairs and vice chairs were announced at a morning briefing yesterday at Independence Blue Cross headquarters.

Some notable Philadelphia names will be chairing the committees, which are set to begin their work in April.

"We are so grateful to those willing to give of their time and talent in support of this once-in-a-generation event," Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families, said in a statement.

Among those heading committees are Tod J. MacKenzie, senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs for Aramark, who will lead the communications and marketing committee; Sister Mary Scullion, executive director of Project HOME, who will head the hunger and homelessness committee; and co-chairing the committee for papal events are Karen Dougherty Buchholz, senior vice president of administration for Comcast; and Josephine Mandeville, chairwoman and president of the Connelly Foundation.

Other committees include development/fundraising; GO PHILADELPHIA, which will focus on visitor experiences and tourism in Philly; government outreach; health resources; housing; liturgy; parish and school preparation; visa and immigration; volunteer; welcome committee; and youth congress.

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