Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh


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 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. 



St. Nicholas Celebration

Held annually in the month of December, the St. Nicholas Celebration benefits the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril & Methodius.


58th Annual St. Nicholas Celebration - "Celebrating Families"

Join the Celebration! - December 7, 2014

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USCCB General Assembly

View Video On Demand, reports of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Fall General Assembly 2014.


Archbishop at Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Metropolitan William attends Vatican convocation Oct. 5-19

Byzantine prelate among delegation of four U.S. participants

The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops convened during the month of October to discuss pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization. Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla  participated in the special assembly, held in Rome Oct. 5-19. Metropolitan William was among four prelates from the United States invited to participate.

To view video, photos and read updates from the Synod sessions and other associated events, visit  the official Vatican news site .

Visit these LINKS to related stories:

Synod Midterm Report Presented (Official Vatican Network/Vatican Radio)

Archbishop William interviewed by Catholic News Service (CNS Synod on Family print interview)

Archbishop: Synod Aims to Listen (CNS video interview)

Synod explores main challenges facing the contemporary family (Vatican Radio audio interview)

Read more: Archbishop at Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops