An iconic pizza party

A pizza party at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methoidus in Pittsburgh, Pa. Feb. 15 included an impromptu iconography lesson courtesy of Marylyn Barone. Marylyn, who created icons for three students who will graduate this year, pointed … Continue reading

Golden jubilee – June

50th Anniversary of Metropolitan Church to be observed in June Fifty years ago an event occurred which had a positive, profound and lasting effect on our history in America. The Holy Father Pope Paul VI issued a decree on February … Continue reading

Waffling back and forth

As another Great Fast quickly approaches, I will take this opportunity to make a public statement: I will give up my favorite cereal, Waffle Crisp, for the next 40 days. Well…let me pump the brakes for a second. I’m not … Continue reading

Seminary Board elects new Chair

The Board of the Directors of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, Pa. elected Robert Grip as the new chair at its January meeting. Robert spent nearly 50 years in the field of communications, beginning … Continue reading

Celebrating the season

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

A lesson from the 4077th

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

“Work to lift up the spirits”

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

Seminary names Human Formation director

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

Reaching out

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

Holy smoke

It’s been said nature abhors a vacuum. Well, it is also true Walt Disney World abhors spontaneity. Every aspect of the Disney experience in its four Parks, two water parks and numerous resorts are executed like clockwork: Guests are not … Continue reading