“Work to lift up the spirits”

Kathe Kress | February 4, 2019

Archbishop William Skurla’s talk at the Jan. 16 dinner meeting was a good way to start the New Year for the Byzantine Catholic Serra Club. Traditionally, Serrans invite the Archbishop to speak at the February meeting, but this year it was moved to January due to schedule conflicts.

The Archbishop opened his remarks by thanking Serrans for their prayerful support and “work to lift up the spirits of our seminarians, priests, deacons, and religious.” He especially recalled his own seminary days, saying “that it helped me through the tough times to know someone was praying for me and cared enough to let me know.”

While we value the Serrans’prayer support, we tend to overlook the value of pizza parties and holiday parties that help boost the morale of the seminary community, including the families.

Having lunch at the SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pa. earlier that day, the Archbishop’s traditional seminary report was fresh. He acknowledged 14 current seminarians from our Byzantine Ruthenian Churches, the Melkite Church and Ukrainian Church.

He also reported that there are more students off-campus than on-campus. This reflects the Master of Continue reading

Reaching out

Sister Elaine Kisinko | February 4, 2019

People throughout the entire country were shocked and emotionally assaulted on Oct. 27, 2018 when a gunman went through the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, Pa. spreading death and injury. As the congregants gathered … Continue reading

Seminary names Human Formation director

Editor | February 4, 2019

Archbishop William Skurla has appointed Father Joel Barstad, of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix, as the new director of Human Formation of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, Pa. The … Continue reading

A lesson from the 4077th

David Mayernik Jr. | February 4, 2019

I love watching old television sitcoms. Everything from “Leave it to Beaver,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show, “Everybody Loves Raymond” and countless others. And I won’t budge from my assertion “The Bob Newhart Show” (1972-79) is the funniest live-action sitcom … Continue reading

Celebrating the season

Editor | February 4, 2019

Every Monday morning from September to May, volunteers will gather at St. Michael’s church hall in Canonsburg, Pa. for their annual Nutroll Fundraiser. The volunteers are parishioners and non-parishioners who love to roll out the dough, spread the nut mixture, … Continue reading

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Bishop Alexander Chira Fearless Witness of Christ

"I bequeath my body to the earth, my spirit to God, but my heart I leave to Rome!" Bishop Chira On May 26, 1983, the worthy successor to our martyred Bishop Theodore G. Romzha, Bishop Confessor Alexander Chira, passed away … Continue reading