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Fri., May 27, 2016

This morning the Pennsylvania State Police informed the Diocese of Pittsburgh that Brother Ambrose Ross (aka Thomas P. Ross) was arraigned on charges of theft and receiving stolen property in connection with more than $220,000 missing from Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge, where he had formerly worked.

Posted: Thurs., May 26, 2016

By Bob De Witt Correspondent

Bishop David Zubik is asking Catholics in the Diocese of Pittsburgh to think of themselves as missionaries and their communities as mission fields in which to bring the love and mercy of Jesus to all.

Speaking to members of the regional media May 20 to mark World Communications Day 2016, Bishop Zubik acknowledged that we face “enormous challenges” in the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning initiative (see accompanying remarks, right).

Posted: Thurs., May 26, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

Bishop David Zubik said the lasting legacy of St. Paul Seminary is that it is a space where discerning men come to know God in a deeper way.

“It’s a place of formation where we learn the ups and downs of what it means to be in a relationship, a deep relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” he said.

The bishop touched on the history of the minor seminary for the Diocese of Pittsburgh during a Mass celebrating its 50th anniversary May 22 in the Bishop John B. McDowell Auditorium on its campus in Crafton.

Posted: Thurs., May 26, 2016

By Bob De Witt

Correspondent

Throughout the six counties of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, parishes are using funds raised through Our Campaign for The Church Alive! to become better witnesses of Jesus and more welcoming to everyone.

St. Wendelin Parish in Carbon Center, Butler County, is one of 13 in the diocese chosen for a pilot evangelization initiative funded by the campaign. The program will help participants to encounter Christ, grow in faith, discern their spiritual gifts and answer the call to mission.

Posted: Thurs., May 26, 2016

By William Hill 

Correspondent

LATROBE — At the oldest in the United States and largest Benedictine monastery in the world, more than 275 campus ministers, priests, deacons and laypeople came to St. Vincent College and Archabbey for three days of presentations on “The New Evangelization and Higher Education: The Vision of Pope Francis.”

They came from 22 states and Canada, and all sessions May 23-25 were in the Fred Rogers Conference Center.

June 21-July 4, 2016

Bishop David A. Zubik will be the homilist for the Fortnight for Freedom Closing Mass at noon at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Mon., July 4th. For more information, click here.

Please see the below links for information concerning Fortnight for Religious Freedom scheduled from June 21 through July 4, 2016

Posted: Fri., May 20, 2016

By Dr. Susan Muto

The doctor to whom I refer is St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-97). What makes her recognition by the church so remarkable is that she lived a cloistered life of obscurity in the Carmelite convent of Lisieux, France, where she wrote her autobiography, “Story of a Soul,” a book read and loved throughout the world.

Posted: Fri., May 20, 2016

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

The Diocese of Pittsburgh recognized outstanding Catholic youths with St. Timothy Awards May 11 at St. Paul Seminary. Bishop David Zubik gave remarks and made the presentations.

The awards are given annually to young people who exemplify zeal in their youth ministry program, high school ministry team or youth work in general.

The following teenagers were chosen as 2016 St. Timothy Award winners:

Posted: Fri., May 20, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

The generous support of the community that makes service through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh possible was the theme at the 34th Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Charities May 13 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The “Yours in Service” gala welcomed more than 750 guests.

Posted: Fri., May 20, 2016

By Paula A. Smith 

Correspondent

2009 In the West African language of Yoruba, the word “Ijosin” means “a joyful worship,” and that’s what happened May 14 at the second annual African Joy Mass of the Holy Spirit on the eve of Pentecost at St. Mary Church of St. John of God Parish in McKees Rocks.