Latest Diocesan News

-A A +A

Posted: Fri., July 29, 2016

Diocese backs efforts to implement On Mission for The Church Alive! 

By Ann Rodgers

General Manager

Dr. Linda Lee Ritzer knows what it is like to work in a parish with lofty goals, limited resources and times of conflict over those goals and resources. As secretary for parish services, she is committed to seeing that pastors and parishes have the support that they need from diocesan staff to build vibrant ministries through On Mission for The Church Alive!

Posted: Fri., July 29, 2016

New position aims to implement strategic plan, cultural shift

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Bishop David Zubik has appointed Father Nicholas Vaskov to the new position of executive director for communications, providing theological oversight, strategic coordination and administration for diocesan communications ranging from parish bulletins to social media to video production.

Posted: Fri., July 29, 2016

New national leaders installed as part of convention activities

By William Cone 

Editor

Epitomizing their motto, “Unity and Charity,” 800 members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas gathered July 20-24 in Downtown Pittsburgh for their national convention.

The ballroom of the Wyndham Grand hotel looked more like a United Nations meeting than a gathering of Catholic women, with signs dotted throughout the room designating delegations from different states, nations and territories.

Posted: Fri., July 29, 2016

Campaign grant supports programs in five faith communities

By Bob De Witt

Correspondent

Since the early days following the American Revolution, Catholics in Greene County have sought to know and serve Jesus. Today they are working together again to strengthen their faith with support from their sisters and brothers across the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Sacrificial gifts to Our Campaign for The Church Alive! are funding a new grant for five parishes to reach out to youths and seniors in what is historically one of the poorest counties in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Fri., July 29, 2016

Attraction for kids celebrates 25 years at parish festival

By Jennifer Monahan

Correspondent

When Father Kenneth Oldenski approached St. Ferdinand parishioner — and gifted carpenter — Fran Kunz in the fall of 1990 to build a train for the next summer’s parish festival, Fran responded with characteristic determination and a can-do attitude.

Posted: Fri., July 29, 2016

The following are excerpts from Bishop Zubik’s July 4 homily for the closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. 

Full listing of summer informational sessions available, too.

1850

 

 

 

 

1858

 

 

 

 

Learn more about On Mission

The faithful are invited to learn more about On Mission for The Church Alive! during summer information sessions planned at several parishes.

Posted: Fri., July 22, 2016

By William Cone 

Editor

Substance abuse is a major problem in American society, with nearly an estimated 23 million suffering from addiction. Pennsylvania ranks in the top 20 in deaths from drug overdose.

It’s no wonder that Catholics in the Diocese of Pittsburgh saw the need to offer a support program for addicts and their loved ones.

Posted: Fri., July 22, 2016

By Grettelyn Darkey

In August, nearly 500 people are expected to gather at Slippery Rock University to celebrate the life and work of one great thinker and writer. They will spend three days listening to presentations by such notable figures as Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, Dale Ahlquist of EWTN fame and Tim Powers, best-selling writer of horror and fantasy fiction. They will discuss the man who brought them together and whose ideas continue to influence their lives. Some of them will even be drawn closer to Christ by their encounter with this man’s enduring legacy.

Posted: Fri., July 22, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

The 36 incoming freshmen who will make up the Crossroads Class of 2020 scurried through the streets of Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood July 1 in a scavenger hunt that helped them understand the values they will learn as part of the intensive high school program.