Assembly 2018

Editor | October 4, 2018

Now the hard work begins. Following three days of brainstorming at the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh’s Assembly 2018, action plans to grow the Church and ensure its vitality into the 21st century will begin to be put into practice in its 73 parishes during the coming months.

The Assembly, held Sept. 16 to 18 at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Munhall, Pa., brought together more than 150 priests, deacons, sisters and faithful. Its theme — “Concern for Our Future: Renew, Revitalize, Rejuvenate” — asked those gathered to address the needs of the Church by examining issues of education, social ministry and outreach to encourage new and renewed interest.

From reviving ECF programs and posting videos of homilies on Facebook to selling pirohi at community events and sending care packages to students, many ideas will go from the drawing board to reality:

Deacon Ray Zadzilko of SS. Peter and Paul in Patton, Pa., said he wants to be part of his church’s effort to offer adult education classes on the Divine Liturgy and offer outreach to nearby St. Francis Universiy and Mount Aloysius College. “We concentrated on what was doable,” he said. Continue reading

Statement on the Report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury

William Skurla | October 4, 2018

From The Office Of The Metropolitan September 5, 2018 We, as members of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, cannot help but be profoundly saddened by the revelations of child abuse committed by clergy and the response or lack thereof of … Continue reading

Concern, Hope

David Mayernik Jr. | October 4, 2018

I think it’s human nature to believe you’re the only person who has ever endured a troubling situation, whether it be at home, school, or work. As I listened to priests, deacons and faithful from the Archeparchy’s 73 churches for … Continue reading

Pilgrimage on the Mount

David Mayernik Jr. | October 4, 2018

Sister Ruth Plante, Provincial, Sisters of the the Order of St. Basil the Great at Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown, Pa., told pilgrims to the 84th annual Pilgrimage on Sept. 1 she still runs to her mother. “I know that … Continue reading

A visit to Christ the Bridegroom Monastery

Editor | October 4, 2018

The Pittsburgh Byzantine Catholic Young Adult group traveled Aug. 26 to Christ the Bridegroom Monastery in Burton, Ohio to meet the Sisters and tour the Monastery. Natalia Wohar, a student from Duquesne University, graciously organized the trip. One man came … Continue reading

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In the Byzantine Rite St. John the Baptist is venerated above all other Saints and right below the Angels. Of course, we do not include the Blessed Mother of God, the Theotokos, who being ” more honorable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim,” enjoys a unique veneration (hyperdulia) over and above all the Angels and Saints. Continue reading