Official Appointments

Personnel moves and assignments within the Archeparchy and Metropolitan Church as appointed by the Metropolitan Archbishop.

The following appointments were made by Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla

(Listed from the most recent, and dating back to April 2012)

 

Effective February 13, 2017

Father James A. Ragan relieved as administrator of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Punxsutawney and appointed administrator of St. John Church, Hawk Run, Dormition, Clarence, the mission at State College, and ministry to the Byzantine Catholic students at Penn State. all in Pennsylvania.

Father William A. Lascelles appointed administrator of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Punxsutawney, Pa. while continuing as administrator of St. Anne Church, Clymer, Pa.

Effective January 2, 2017

Deacon Gary Stafford relieved as temporary administrator, St. Basil Church, Irving, Texas.

Father Joseph Wargacki granted priestly faculties for the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh and appointed administrator of St. Basil Parish, Irving, Texas.

 

Effective January 1, 2017

Father Oleh Seremchuk relieved as administrator of St. Stephen Church, Leisenring and appointed administrator of St. John Church, Scottdale, while continuing as pastor of St. Nicholas Church, Perryopolis, all in Pennsylvania.

Very Reverend Ronald P. Larko appointed administrator of St. Stephen Church, Leisenring, while continuing as pastor of St. John Church, Uniontown, both in Pennsylvania.

Effective November 26, 2017

David Mayernick resignation accepted as Archieparchial Communications Coordinator, Assistant for the Office of Vocations, and as member of the Intereparchial Music Commission.

 

Effective November 9, 2017

Very Reverend Michael J. Huszti appointed Archieparchial Syncellus for Canonical Services and member of the Presbyteral Council.

 

Effective October 14, 2016

Deacon Gary Stafford appointed temporary administrator of St. Basil the Great Parish, Irving, Texas.

Effective October 11, 2016

Father Daniel A. Forsythe relieved as administrator of St. Basil Parish, Irving, Texas, and at his own request granted a leave of absence from active ministry for six months.

Effective August 22, 2016

Father Robert J. Karl request for retirement from active ministry accepted; he is relieved as pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Sykesville, Pennsylvania.
Father James A. Ragan relieved as administrator of Nativity of the Mother of God Parish, Du Bois, Pennsylvania.
Father Vasyl Banyk appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Sykesville, and administrator of Nativity of the Mother of God Parish, Du Bois.

Effective August 10, 2016

Robert Grip reappointed to the Board of Directors of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary.
Father William Rupp appointed Director of Spiritual Formation for SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary.

Effective July 15, 2016

Father Bogdan G. Bucur, Ph.D. appointed adjunct member of the academic faculty of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Effective June 23, 2016

Father Mykhaylo Shkyndya appointed priest for the care of the spiritual needs of the people at St. Nicholas Chapel, Beaver, Pennsylvania.

Effective June 22, 2016

Kyle A. Washut appointed associate professor for the academic faculty of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Effective May 27, 2016

Very Reverend Ronald P. Larko relieved as administrator, St. Stephen Church, Leisenring, Pennsylvania.

Father Oleh Seremchuk appointed pastor, St. Nicholas Church, Perryopolis, and administrator, St. Stephen Church, Leisenring, both in Pennsylvania.

Very Reverend R. Joseph Raptosh relieved as pastor of St. George, Aliquippa and St. Mary, Ambridge and appointed pastor of St. Michael, Canonsburg, all in Pennsylvania.

Father Mykhaylo Shkyndya appointed pastor, St. Mary, Ambridge and administrator, St. George, Aliquippa, both in Pennsylvania.

Effective May 23, 2016

Father James Hess, O. Carm. relieved as Director of Spiritual Formation, SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and as priest for the care of spiritual needs at St. Nicholas Chapel, Beaver, Pennsylvania.

Effective May 18, 2016

Father Salvatore Pignato relieved as a member of the Intereparchial Commission for Vocations.

Father Michael Kerestes appointed a member of the Intereparchial Commission for Vocations.

Effective May 1, 2016

Father Joseph Jugan accepted for retirement from active ministry.

– 2015 –

Effective November 10, 2015

Father Edward Lucas relieved as pastor of St. Mary Assumption Church, Weirton, W.Va. and administrator of St. John the Baptist Church, Avella, Pa. and entered into retirement.

Father Vasyl Symyon appointed pastor of St. Mary Assumption Church, Weirton, W.Va. and administrator of St. John the Baptist Church, Avella, Pa.

Deacon Michael E. George relieved as deacon at St. George, Aliquippa, Pa. and appointed deacon at St. Gregory, Upper St. Clair, Pa.

Cynthia Corbett appointed Director of Safe Environment for the Archeparchy.

Effective October 22, 2015

Very Reverend Archpriest Eugene P. Yackanich request for resignation from active ministry accepted; relieved as pastor of St. Elias Church, Munhall, Pa. and relieved as Protopresbyter of the Greater Pittsburgh Protopresbyterate.

Very Reverend Andrew J. Deskevich at his request relieved as pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Church, Warren, Ohio and relieved as administrator of St. Michael Church, Newton Falls, Ohio and appointed pastor of St. Elias Church, Munhall, Pa. while continuing to fulfill his duties as Protosyncellus for the Archeparchy.

Very Reverend Simeon B. Sibenik relieved as pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Church, Punxsutawney, Pa. and relieved as administrator of Nativity of the Mother of God Church, Du Bois, Pa.; also relieved as Protopresbyter of the North Central Protopresbyterate; appointed pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Church, Warren, Ohio and administrator of St. Michael Church, Newton Falls, Ohio.

Father James A. Ragan relieved as administrator of Holy Ghost Charleroi, Pa. and appointed administrator of both SS. Peter and Paul Church, Punxsutawney and Nativity of the Mother of God Church, Du Bois, Pa.

Father Stephen J. Wahal appointed administrator of Holy Ghost Church, Charleroi, Pa. while continuing as administrator of St. Michael Church, Donora and St. Mary Church, Monessen, both in Pa.

Father Frank A. Firko appointed Protopresbyter of the Greater Pittsburgh Protopresbyterate.

Father David M. Bosnich appointed Protopresbyter of the North Central Protopresbyterate.

Effective September 17, 2015

Deacon Timothy J. Corbett, Deacon Daniel F. Perich and Patrick S. Ditko appointed members of the Building Commission for the Archeparchy.

Monsignor Raymond A. Balta relieved as Protopresbyter of the Johnstown Protopresbyterate.

Father Vasyl Polyak appointed Protopresbyter of the Johnstown Protopresbyterate.

Father R. Joseph Raptosh appointed Protopresbyter of the Tri-State Protopresbyterate.

Effective September 16, 2015

Deacon Thomas K. Klacik relieved as administrator of St. George, Aliquippa and St. Mary, Ambridge.

Father James D. Hess, O. Carm. relieved as priest for the care of the spiritual needs of St. George, Aliquippa, and St. Mary, Ambridge and appointed priest for the spiritual needs of St. Nicholas Chapel, Beaver while continuing to fulfill his responsibilities at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary.

Father R. Joseph Raptosh relieved as administrator of the Church of the Resurrection, Monroeville, and appointed pastor of St. George, Aliquippa and administrator of St. Mary, Ambridge.

Father Donald M. Bolls appointed pastor of the Church of the Resurrection, Monroeville and administrator of Holy Trinity Church, Wall.

Father Leonard J. Cornelius, OFM relieved of liturgical duties at St. Nicholas Chapel, Beaver and appointed administrator of St. Mary Church, Herminie.

Effective August 11, 2015

Father Christiaan Kappes appointed to the Strategic Planning Committee for the ongoing accreditation of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary.

Effective August 3, 2015

Father William Lascelles relieved as administrator of St. Jude Thaddeus Church, Ernest, Pennsylvania.

Father Christopher Burke, at his own request, relieved as administrator of Infant Jesus of Prague, Boardman, and St. Nicholas Youngstown, both in Ohio and appointed pastor, St. Nicholas, Brownsville and administrator, St. Mary, New Salem, both in Pennsylvania.

Father Jerome G. Botsko relieved as pastor, St. Nicholas, Brownsville and administrator, St. Mary, New Salem, and appointed pastor, Holy Protection of Mary, Homer City and administrator, St. Jude Thaddeus, Ernest, all in Pennsylvania.

Father Mykhaylo Farynets relieved as pastor, St. Mary, Herminie and administrator, Holy Trinity, Wall, both in Pennsylvania, and appointed pastor, Infant Jesus of Prague, Boardman and administrator, St. Nicholas, Youngstown, both in Ohio.

Effective July 13, 2015

Father Ivan Chirovsky, Very Reverend Ronald Larko, and Father Paul-Alexander Shutt, OSB appointed Spiritual Directors for Seminarians.

Effective July 10, 2015

Father Vasyl Symyon appointed to the academic faculty of the Seminary.

Mr. Geoffrey Mackey appointed to the academic faculty of the Seminary.

Dr. Josephine Kocian Crame appointed to the academic faculty of the Seminary.

Father Donald Bolls appointed Personal Formation Advisor for the seminarians.

Effective July 8, 2015

Father Joseph Raptosh relieved as Director of Intellectual Formation (Academic Dean) of the Seminary.

Father Christiaan Kappes PhL appointed Director of Intellectual Formation (Academic Dean) of the Seminary.

Mrs. Susan Seiden Carlino appointed Director of Assessment for the Seminary.

Effective May 14, 2015

Helen S. Kennedy reappointed Director of the Seminary Self Study for a term of five years.

Effective April 27, 2015

Jared I. Goff PhD appointed to the faculty of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary.

Effective March 18, 2015

Father Michael J. Huszti is incardinated into the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh from the Eparchy of Parma.

Effective March 31, 2015

Very Rev. George D. Gallaro relieved as Syncellus for Canonical Services; relieved as Judicial Vicar; and relieved as Member of the Presbyteral Council and Intereparchial Canonical Commission.
Also relieved as Director of Human Formation and relieved as faculty member of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Father Michael J. Huszti relieved as Pro-Synodal Judge and appointed Judicial Vicar for the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.

Father Valerian M. Michlik appointed Assistant Judicial Vicar for the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.

Very Rev. Robert M. Pipta appointed Temporary Director of Human Formation of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary.

Geoffrey Mackey appointed to the faculty of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary for the remainder of this academic year.

Sister Valeria Evanyo, OSBM retired as receptionist at the Chancery.

– 2014 –

Effective August 14, 2014

Very Reverend Archpriest Eugene P. Yackanich has tendered his resignation as Protosyncellus, which was accepted by Archbishop William Skurla; along with the protosyncellate, he is relieved of the following: Archieparchial Finance Council; Renewal and Revitalization Commission; Seminary, Cemetery, and Placement Boards; and memberships in the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania. He remains as: Pastor of St. Elias Church, Munhall, Pa.; Protopresbyter of the Greater Pittsburgh Protopresbyterate; Consultor of the Archeparchy; and Member of the Presbyteral Council.

Very Reverend Andrew J. Deskevich relieved as Chancellor, and appointed Protosyncellus; also appointed member of: the Archieparchial Finance Council; Placement and Pension Boards; and the Administrative Board of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. He remains as pastor of SS. Peter & Paul Church, Warren, Ohio.

Very Reverend Ronald P. Larko appointed Chancellor; also appointed member of the Archieparchial Renewal and Revitalization Commission; Cemetery Board; and executive representative for Archbishop William at Christian Associates of Southwest Pa. He remains as pastor of St. John the Baptist Church, Uniontown and as administrator of St. Stephen Church, Leisenring, both in Pennsylvania.

Effective July 14, 2014

Father Ronald P. Larko appointed administrator of St. Stephen, Leisenring, in addition to continuing as pastor of St. John Uniontown, both in Pennsylvania.

July 5, 2014

Donald Bolls ordained to the minor mysteries of the Church by Archbishop William C. Skurla at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Pittsburgh.

Effective July 8, 2014

Father Roy Schubert at his own request retired from active ministry and relieved as pastor of St. Michael, Sheffield, Pa.

Effective July 18, 2014

Very Reverend David A. Bosnich relieved as Protopresbyter of the Tri-State Protopresbytery, pastor of St. George Aliquippa, and administrator of St. Mary Ambridge, and appointed pastor of St. Michael, Sheffield.

Deacon Thomas Klacik appointed administrator of St. George Aliquippa and St. Mary Ambridge.

Effective August 1, 2014

Father James D. Hess, O Carm. appointed to care for the spiritual needs of St. George Aliquippa and St. Mary Ambridge.

Effective May 25, 2014

Very Rev. Archpriest Eugene P. Yackanich relieved as temporary administrator of Holy Trinity Church, Wall, Pa.

Deacon Raymond J. Zadzilko relieved as temporary administrator of St. John Church, Northern Cambria and SS. Peter and Paul Church, Patton, Pa.

Father James D. Hess O Carm. relieved as administrator of St. Mary Church, Herminie, Pa.

Father Vasyl Polyak appointed pastor of St. John Church, Northern Cambria Pa. and administrator of SS. Peter and Paul Church, Patton, Pa.

Father Mykhaylo Farynets appointed pastor of Saint Mary Church, Herminie, Pa. and administrator of Holy Trinity Church, Wall, Pa.

Effective March 14, 2014

Monsignor Victor G. Romza, at his own request, retired from active ministry and is relieved as pastor of St. Michael Church, Campbell, Ohio.

Reverend Kevin E. Marks appointed administrator of St. Michael Church, Campbell, Ohio, in addition to continuing as pastor of St. Michael Church in Hermitage, Pa.

Effective January 10, 2014

Very Reverend Robert M. Pipta, Very Reverend George D. Gallaro, Father R. Joseph Raptosh, Deacon John M. Evancho, Dr. Nicholas Russo, Dr. Sandra Collins, and Carol Przyborski appointed to the Strategic Planning Committee for the accreditation of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary.

Effective January 9, 2014

Archpriest Eugene P. Yackanich reappointed to the Administrative Board of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for two years.

David Mayernick reappointed to the Communications Department of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for two years.

Effective January 8, 2014

Bishop Kurt Burnette relieved as member of the Intereparchial Canonical Commission and appointed Episcopal Chair of this Commission

Right Reverend Francis Vivona appointed as the representative from the Eparchy of Phoenix to the Canonical Commission.

Bishop Kurt Burnette appointed Episcopal Chair of the Commission of Censors.

Effective January 3, 2014

Jeffrey Mierzejewski appointed Director of the Metropolitan Cantor Institute and Member of the Intereparchial Liturgical Commission.

– 2013 –

Effective June 21, 2013

Father David J. Shortt relieved as pastor of St. Nicholas Church, Youngstown, and administrator of St. George Church, both in Youngstown, Ohio.

Father Christopher R. Burke appointed administrator of St. Nicholas Church, Youngstown, in addition to continuing as administrator of Infant of Prague Church, Boardman, both in Ohio.

Very Reverend Richard I. Lambert appointed administrator of St. George Church, in addition to continuing as pastor of St. Mary Church, both in Youngstown, Ohio.

Effective May 22, 2013

Very Reverend Joseph J. Borodach relieved as Protopresbyter of the Clairton Protopresbyterate.

Very Reverend John Salko relieved as Protopresbyter of the Mon-Valley Protopresbyterate.

Very Reverend Joseph J. Jugan relieved as Protopresbyter of the Tri-State Protopresbyterate.

Father John I. Mina appointed Protopresbyter of the Clairton Protopresbyterate.

Very Reverend Ronald P. Larko appointed Protopresbyter of the Mon-Valley Protopresbyterate.

Father Simeon Sibenik appointed Protopresbyter of the North-Central Protopresbyterate.

Father David A. Bosnich appointed Protopresbyter of the Tri-State Protopresbyterate.

Very Reverend Eugene P. Yackanich reconfirmed as Protopresbyter of the Greater Pittsburgh Protopresbyterate.

Monsignor Raymond A. Balta reconfirmed as Protopresbyter of the Johnstown Protopresbyterate.

Very Reverend Richard I. Lambert reconfirmed as Protopresbyter of the Youngstown Protopresbyterate.

Very Reverend Elias L. Rafaj reconfirmed as Protopresbyter of the Southwest Protopresbyterate.

Effective May 20, 2013

Very Reverend Archpriest John G. Petro appointed priest in residence at St. Stephen Church, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

Father James D. Hess, O.Carm remaining as administrator of St. Stephen Church, North Huntingdon and St. Mary Church, Herminie, both in Pennsylvania.

Effective February 8, 2013

Very Reverend Archpriest John Petro appointed Co-director of the Metropolitan Deacon Formation Program for the summer of 2013.

Father Valerian Michlik appointed Co-director of the Metropolitan Deacon Formation Program for the summer of 2013

Effective January 7, 2013

Mr. Daniel M. Mattingly, CPA appointed to the Archieparchial Finance Council.

Very Reverend Archpriest John G. Petro relieved as Syncellus for Clergy.

Very Reverend Archpriest Dennis M. Bogda appointed Syncellus for Clergy.

Father Valerian Michlik appointed Chaplain to the Byzantine Catholic Serra Club.

Frederick M. Petro relieved as Head Cantor for the annual Pilgrimage at Mount St. Macrina.

Joseph Ferenchick appointed Head Cantor for the annual Pilgrimage at Mount St. Macrina.

– 2012 –

Effective December 31, 2012

The resignation of Mr. Michael I. Roman from the Archieparchial Finance Council is accepted.

Effective October 12, 2012

Very Reverend Archpriest John G. Petro has resigned as Rector of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary due to health issues.

Very Reverend George D. Gallaro has been relieved as Temporary Rector of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary.

Very Reverend Kurt Burnette of the Eparchy of Phoenix has been appointed Rector of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary.

Effective October 3, 2012

Very Reverend John J. Mihalco relieved from Holy Trinity, Sykesville and Nativity, Du Bois and appointed to SS. Peter and Paul, Erie and SS. Cyril and Methodius, Girard. Father John also is relieved as Protopresbyter of the North Central Protopresbyterate.

Reverend Robert J. Karl relieved from SS. Peter and Paul, Erie and SS. Cyril and Methodius, Girard and appointed to St. Andrew, Gibsonia.

Reverend Abbot Leo R. Schlosser, OSB relieved from St. Andrew, Gibsonia and appointed to St. John, Lyndora.

Reverend Robert F. Oravetz relieved from St. John, Lyndora and appointed to Holy Trinity, Conemaugh and St. Nicholas, Nanty-Glo.

Reverend Robert K. Yetsko, TOR relieved from Holy Trinity, Conemaugh and St. Nicholas, Nanty-Glo and appointed to Holy Trinity, Sykesville and Nativity, Du Bois.

Reverend David A. Bosnich relieved from SS. Peter and Paul, Duquesne and SS. Peter and Paul, Braddock and appointed to St. George, Aliquippa and St. Mary, Ambridge.

Reverend Kevin E. Marks relieved from St. George, Aliquippa and St. Mary, Ambridge and appointed to St. Michael, Hermitage.

Reverend John J. Cuccaro relieved from St. Michael, Hermitage and appointed to SS. Peter and Paul, Duquesne and SS. Peter and Paul, Braddock.

Reverend James D. Hess, O.Carm to continue as administrator of St. Stephen, North Huntingdon and St. Mary, Herminie.

Reverend Monsignor Raymond A. Balta appointed Administrator of St. Mary, Windber and SS. Peter and Paul Jerome, in addition to continuing as Pastor of St. Mary Johnstown.

Deacon Paul J. Simko Jr. relieved as Administrator of St. Joseph, Toronto and St. John, Mingo Junction.

Reverend John J. Kapitan Jr., OFM relieved from St. Michael, Pleasant City and appointed to St. Joseph, Toronto and St. John, Mingo Junction.

Reverend A. Edward Gretchko appointed to St. Michael, Pleasant City.

 

Effective August 29, 2012

Very Reverend Archpriest John G. Petro temporarily relieved as Rector of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary because of illness.

Very Reverend George D. Gallaro
appointed Temporary Rector of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary.

 

Effective June 7, 2012

Members of the Presbyteral Council have been announced, and shall serve for a 5-year term (June 2102 – June 2017)

Very Reverend Eugene P. Yackanich
Member of the Presbyteral Council; Protosyncellus

Very Reverend Archpriest John G. Petro
Member of the Presbyteral Council; Rector, SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary

Very Reverend George D. Gallaro
Member of the Presbyteral Council; Syncellus for Canonical Services

Very Reverend Archpriest Dennis M. Bogda
Member of the Presbyteral Council; Syncellus for Deacons

Very Reverend James A. Spontak
Member of the Presbyteral Council

Reverend William Rupp
Member of the Presbyteral Council

Father Paul Alexander Shutt, OSB
Member of the Presbyteral Council

Reverend Monsignor Russell A. Duker
Member of the Presbyteral Council

Reverend Ronald P. Larko
Member of the Presbyteral Council

Very Reverend Andrew J. Deskevich
Member of the Presbyteral Council

Reverend Kevin E. Marks
Member of the Presbyteral Council

Reverend Frank A. Firko
Member of the Presbyteral Council

 

Effective May 4, 2012

Reverend Thomas J. Wesdock has been relieved as pastor of St. Gregory Nazianzus Church, Upper St. Clair, Pa.

Very Reverend Eugene P. Yackanich
is appointed Temporary Administrator of St. Gregory Nazianzus Church, Upper St. Clair, Pa.

 

Effective April 23, 2012

Reverend Monsignor Russell A. Duker has been relieved as Protosyncellus and Chancellor.

Very Reverend Eugene P. Yackanich
is appointed Protosyncellus.

Reverend Andrew J. Deskevich
is appointed Chancellor.


 

Official Appointments