Father Vitalii Stashkevych Ordained To The Priesthood

David Mayernik Jr. | January 31, 2018

Surrounded by family, friends, priests, and relatives in Ukraine participating by livestream video, Father Vitalii Stashkevych was ordained to the Holy Order of the Presbyterate for the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh by Archbishop William Skurla Jan. 14 at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Munhall, Pa.

As a Subdeacon from the Eparchy of Mukachevo in Ukraine, Father Vitalii was accepted by Archbishop Wiliam to serve in the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. He was ordained a Deacon for the Archeparchy Nov. 8, 2017 at Holy Ghost Church in McKees Rocks, Pa. Concelebrants for the Jan. 14 Divine Liturgy were Monsignor Russell A. Duker, Very Revs. Andrew J. Deskevich and Frank A. Firko.

The Master of Ceremonies was Father Valerian M. Michlik. Seminarians served and Martin Bovee assisted. The Archeparchial Choir, under the direction of Darlene Fejka, sang the responses to the Liturgy. Protosyncellus Very Rev. Andrew presented Deacon Vitalii for ordination.

In his homily, Archbishop William spoke of the years of preparation and of the path that brought Deacon Vitalii to this day of priestly ordination in Pittsburgh from Uzhgorod, Ukraine, where he was born to Nicholas Continue reading

Seminarians attend March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Seminarian Eugene Yeo Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyr | January 31, 2018

45th Annual Event Promotes Dignity of Human Life Every year I join 250,000 people to march in our national capital in support of the cause of life. A population larger than the majority of our state capitals descends on the … Continue reading

Warm your heart during the Season of the Great Lenten Fast

William Skurla | January 31, 2018

Glory to Jesus Christ! Dear faithful of Pittsburgh, We begin our journey through the Great Fast during a very cold winter season. The below-zero temperatures, bitter winds, and snow have extended all the way to Gulf Coast parishes of the … Continue reading

Eternal Memory

Editor | January 31, 2018

Rev. Father Edward M. Lucas Rev. Father Edward Michael Lucas, a retired priest of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, fell asleep in the Lord on January 7. He was born in Yonkers, N.Y. on Oct. 20, 1935, the son … Continue reading

“The race is not to the swift…”

David Mayernik Jr. | January 31, 2018

Recalling Snow Days and the 1980 Winter Olympics When I was an 11-yearold sixthgrade student in Feb. 1980, my mom sent me to school even though a few inches of snow had precipitated a twohour delay. My grade school was … Continue reading

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Byzantine Catholics and the Feast Of Pentecost: “Your good Spirit shall lead me into the land of righteousness. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!”

PENTECOST and OUR BAPTISM BY THE HOLY SPIRIT “We celebrate the feast of Pentecost and of the descent of the Spirit, the fulfillment of promise and the achievement of hope. 0 how great and how exalted is the mystery!” (Pentecost Vespers, STICHERA, Tone 1) With these words we begin our liturgical celebration of Pentecost, solemnly concluding the yearly remembrance of our salvation. These words are taken from the famous homily of St. Gregory the Theologian, “On the Holy Spirit” which he delivered in Constantinople on the day of Pentecost, 381 A.D. (Oration 41,5) Continue reading