Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh


Papal Visit Pilgrimage to Philadelphia

The Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of


Saturday, Sept. 26 - Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
In conjunction with the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Pa. (Sept. 22-27), it is anticipated that Holy Father Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia (his first-ever trip to the U.S.) to participate in the closing events of the 8th World Meeting of Families, including a Papal Mass to be held on Sunday, Sept. 27. The Archeparchy of Pittsburgh is planning a motorcoach excursion to the Philadelphia area to be present for this once-in-a-lifetime liturgical celebration.


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Pope Francis names Very Rev. George D. Gallaro Bishop of Piana

The Vatican has announced that the Holy Father has appointed Father George D. Gallaro Bishop of the Byzantine Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi  in Palermo, Italy.

Father George is a priest of the the Melkite Eparchy of Newton, Massachusetts who has served the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh for the past ten years, eight of which were spent on faculty at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril & Methodius.

Metropolitan Archbishop William, the clergy, religious and faithful of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh congratulate Bishop-elect George, and wish him peace, health and happiness for many blessed years!





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Metropolitan Archbishop William announces new personnel changes

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Vatican decree permits U.S. Eastern Catholic bishops to ordain married men to priesthood

In an open letter to clergy, religious and faithful of the Metropolitan Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla announced that "Our prayers and efforts to return to the ancient tradition of allowing Byzantine Catholic men to choose between celibate or married priesthood have finally succeeded."

Read the letter from Metropolitan Archbishop William issued to the clergy, religious and faithful of the Archeparchy.

Read the Vatican Decree from Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, Chair of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches.

Read the Nov, 14, 2014 story by Peter Smith in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Read an article by author Laura Ieraci, wife of Subdeacon Andrew Summerson, in the National Catholic Reporter Online

Read the USCCB blog by Father Ronald Roberson, CSP. Father Ronald is associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the USCCB, and a consultor to the Vatican's Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

Read the Feb. 8, 2015 feature by Peter Smith in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.