A wave hello to begin the day

Notes to self: Every day when I come to work, I always pay attention to a school crossing guard stationed at one of the intersections on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa. She definitely looks like any other crossing guard … Continue reading

“Our aim is growth in the Church”

Preparations Continue For Assembly 2018 Deacon Dennis Prestash believes the mission for the Byzantine Catholic Church in the 21st Century is clear. “Our aim is growth in the church,” he said. How this growth and vitality is achieved will be … Continue reading

Mission of mercy

St. Gregory Parishioners Provide Medical Care in Honduras.   When Anne Hast and her daughter, Rachel, traveled to Honduras last summer to assist in a medical mission, they woke up at 4 a.m. each day. From June 17 to 24, … Continue reading

From Boston to Rome

Christopher Russo met Father Will Rupp, Director of Spiritual Formation at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, Pa., as a student at Penn State University. He said it was “amazing” to talk to Father Will, who was serving as Eastern Catholic chaplain in Happy Valley, and see how his spiritual mentorship
benefited young people.

“During that time, I greatly benefited from the spiritual and Catholic ministries they had there. Just how the chaplains were able to talk to (young adults) and inspire them and be close to them in different challenges they had, both spiritual and personal.

“That really benefits people to have that type of mentorship for that type of pivotal points in their lives.” It’s a message Christopher, 23, of Boston, Mass., hopes to deliver as a delegate to a Pre-Synod meeting in Rome from March 19 to 24. He is one of only four young adults — and the only Byzantine Catholic — from the United States who will join about 300 others ranging from age 18 to 29 from around the world in a series of meetings prior to the Syond of Bishops’ “Synod 2018 on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment” in October. Continue reading

First Responder

Courtney Minerd named victims’ assistance coordinator Courtney Minerd compared her new role as Victims’ Assistance Coordinator for the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh as being a “first responder of sorts.” As a licensed psychologist for almost four years, she has … Continue reading

“The race is not to the swift…”

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

Father Vitalii Stashkevych Ordained To The Priesthood

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

“The Forgotten Ones”

24 years of volunteering at St. Joseph house of hospitality Each Friday morning, Alexis Weber RN, MSN brings treats for “her guys” living at St. Joseph House of Hospitality in the Hill District area of Pittsburgh, Pa. The 60-room home … Continue reading

St. Nicholas Celebration centers on Seminarians

2017 Event highlights seminarians’ “invitation that changed their lives” Master of Ceremonies Chris Singel called the 61st annual St. Nicholas Charity Dinner the “ultimate dinner and a movie.” The event, held at St. John the Baptist Cathedral Center in Munhall, … Continue reading

“O who loves Nicholas the Saintly”

Thoughts On Celebrating A Birthday On The Feast Of St. Nicholas Prior to writing this Christmas issue column, I was tasking my brain , trying to figure out what I could say that would have some impact during this Nativity … Continue reading