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Posted: Thurs., July 02, 2015

Bishop David Zubik has announced a “team ministry” pilot program that includes a deacon administrator for five parishes in Greene County as part of new, innovative ways to serve the people of God.

Father J. Francis Frazer, currently pastor of St. Ann Parish in Waynesburg and St. Thomas in Clarksville; Father John Bauer, pastor of St. Hugh in Carmichaels and Our Lady of Consolation in Nemacolin; and Father Lawrence Holpp, pastor of St. Ignatius of Antioch in Bobtown, together will be responsible for the spiritual and pastoral care of all five parishes.

Posted: Fri., June 26, 2015

Bishop David Zubik has announced the appointment of a deacon administrator as part of an effort to provide innovative models of parish ministry in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Deacon John Carran, already serving at Christ the King Parish in Bessemer/Hillsville and St. James the Apostle Parish in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, will assume responsibility for the day-to-day operation and administration of both parish communities upon the retirement of the pastor, Father James Downs, effective July 27.

Laudato Si' (Praised Be)

To read the Holy Father's Environmental Encyclical, Laudato Si', click here.

For Bishop Zubik's statement on the Holy Father's Environment Encyclical, click here.

Posted: Thurs., July 02, 2015

A threat to religious liberty anywhere threatens religious liberty everywhere, said Helene Paharik.

And if the United States doesn’t promote and protect religious liberty in the world, who will?

“There is a ‘perfect storm’ of opposition to religious freedom in virtually every region of the world,” she said.

Posted: Thurs., July 02, 2015

Our Campaign for The Church Alive! has reached a significant milestone in addressing extraordinary needs across the Diocese of Pittsburgh — more than $20 million now has been distributed to parishes for projects and programs.

The goal of the campaign is to help sustain and strengthen parishes, invigorate evangelization, revitalize sacramental life, support education and formation in the faith, train clergy and lay leaders, and serve the poor and marginalized.

Posted: Thurs., July 02, 2015

A steady rain fell outside, but Bishop David Zubik spoke of the “liquid sunshine” of joy that filled St. Paul Cathedral June 28 for the ordination of six men to the presbyterate of Pittsburgh.

The six — Fathers Zachary Galiyas, Levi Hartle, Christopher Mannerino, Jeremy Mohler, David Rombold and William Wuenschel — were ordained during the ancient rite in front of a near-capacity congregation of some 1,800.

“Let the holiness of your lives be a delightful fragrance to God’s people,” the bishop said to his new brothers.

June 26, 2015

This morning, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires states both to license same-sex marriages within their own borders and to recognize such marriages as licensed in other jurisdictions. As a society, we will wrestle with the impact of this decision on our understanding of marriage and family for years to come. This decision is a wrong decision for our country. When we deliberately alter the design of marriage, we weaken the very foundation of society.

Posted: Thurs., July 02, 2015

Shortly after 21 year-old Dylann Roof was arrested for murdering nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a Bible study and prayer session in Charleston, S.C., Gov. Nikki Haley said that the police investigators who interrogated the murderer told her that they had just “looked pure evil in the eye.” Roof said that his reason for carrying out the massacre was to start a racial civil war, throwing the nation into the chaos.

Posted: Thurs., July 02, 2015

Chris Duranti of St. Alphonsus in McDonald was inspired by the sight of Bishop David Zubik processing down the aisle and then kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament.

“That was so moving,” he said later.

Calling on the Holy Spirit for inspiration was the theme of the Evening of Prayer for On Mission for The Church Alive! that was held at 12 churches across the diocese June 24.

Please join us Wed., July 22, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Bishop David A. Zubik

Bishop of Pittsburgh