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Posted: Wed., May 27, 2015

Bishop David Zubik will celebrate the first Rite of Consecration of Virgins Living in the World in the Diocese of Pittsburgh since the Catholic Church restored that liturgical rite in 1970.

Sheila Ryan, who is retired from teaching and school administration in Maryland , will be received by Bishop Zubik on May 31 at 8 a.m. in St. Richard Catholic Church, Richland. Media coverage is invited.

Miss Ryan is a native of McKeesport who now lives in Valencia.

THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015, 7:00 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M.

Praising God for the ordination of 6 men and asking Him to stir the hearts of many more to answer the call.

The event will include Bishop David A. Zubik and Connor Flanagan.


Posted: Tues., May 26, 2015

The Secretariat for Leadership Development will sponsor a “Community of Pastoral Leaders Gathering” for lay ecclesial ministers, clergy, pastoral and finance councils, and young adult leaders on Monday, June 15, from 6:30-9:15 p.m. in O’Connor Hall at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.

The gathering will follow a theme of “Leadership with the Heart of Christ” and will feature a keynote address by Coadjutor Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Newark, New Jersey, a native son of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He will speak on “Catholic Pastoral Leadership: Who Will You Follow?”

Posted: Tues., May 26, 2015

A consecrated virgin is a woman who offers the gift of her physical virginity as a sign of her dedication to Christ.

It’s a vocation that began in the early church, but soon after was designated only for women in monasteries. Yet the call to live consecrated virginity while living in the world, and not in a cloister, never died as a vocation in the hearts of women. Vatican Council II restored the rite officially as a form of public witness in the church. Now this vocation is taking root in Pittsburgh.

Posted: Fri., May 22, 2015

Bishop David Zubik has announced plans to appoint deacon administrators to oversee day-to-day management of some parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The position is expected to be piloted in a few parishes beginning this summer and potentially in other parishes in the future. It is part of an effort to find new ways to provide vibrant Catholic ministry with the number of priests available now and in the future.

Posted: Fri., May 22, 2015

Anna Bamonte Torrance has been named an associate general secretary for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, succeeding Maureen Lally-Green, who has announced her plan to retire late this summer.

An attorney specializing in health care issues, Torrance started with the diocese May 18 and will work alongside Lally-Green until she steps down Aug. 31.

Torrance has been a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and the On Mission Commission for Planning and its executive team, which provide guidance for On Mission for The Church Alive!

Posted: Fri., May 22, 2015

Bishop David Zubik listens as Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York answers a reporter’s question prior to the 33rd Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Charities May 15 in Downtown Pittsburgh. The cardinal received the Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl Caritas “Flame of Hope” Award.

Posted: Fri., May 22, 2015

The annual diocesan confirmation was held May 17 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, with Bishop David Zubik administering the sacrament to a large number of the faithful. Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation, along with baptism and Eucharist.

Posted: Fri., May 15, 2015

Benedictine Brother Isaac (Paul) Haywiser, of Bethel Park, was ordained to the priesthood May 2 at St. Vincent Basilica in Latrobe. The ordaining bishop was Greensburg Bishop Lawrence Brandt.

Ordained to the diaconate in May 2014, Father Isaac was assigned to St. Louise de Marillac Parish in Upper St. Clair for his deacon year. He celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving May 2 at St. Louise.

Posted: Fri., May 15, 2015

Adam Potter, a seminarian for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, shakes hands with Pope Francis during a papal visit May 2 to the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Accompanying the Holy Father was Msgr. James Checchio, the college’s rector, right.