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The Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania was established in 1916 as a missionary diocese to reach out to the scattered sheep of our Lord in Western Pennsylvania, to proclaim to the faith of the Apostles and bring them to the light of Truth.  Our Archdiocese has been blessed by God to have had the holy honor of St. Patriarch Tikhon, the Holy Hierarch Raphael and the martyred Priest Vasily Martyz serve within her midst. The Archdiocese has been established through their holy efforts, and those of the hierarchs, reverend clergy and faithful laity over the years.

Elevation of our diocesan Hierarch

Glory to Jesus Christ!


It is with much joy that I announce the elevation of our diocesan hierarch, Bishop Melchisedek, to the dignity of “Archbishop” at the just-completed spring 2014 session of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America, this, in advance of the fifth anniversary of his consecration to the Holy Episcopacy on June 27, 2014.


Effective immediately, the liturgical commemorations used in our diocesan churches should reflect this change - - as appropriate to the particular petition, “… for our Archbishop Melchisedek …” - or - “… His Eminence, the Most-Reverend Melchisedek, Archbishop of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania …”, etc.


May the Lord God remember His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek in His Kingdom!


Eis Polla eti, Despota!


Yours in Christ,

Archpriest William J. Evansky


Archdiocese of Pgh and W PA



New Administrative Assistant

The following official notice has been released by Archpriest William J. Evansky, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western PA. His Grace, Bishop Melchisedek has appointed a search committee to find a new Administrative Assistant for the Archdiocese and is currently in the process of seeking applicants for this soon to be vacant position. We invite qualified individuals to apply as soon as possible. Individuals interested in applying can do so by attaching a resume to an email sent to(, or by mailing a resume and letter of interest to:

                        Search Committee

                        Archdiocese of Pgh and W PA

                        P.O. Box 1769

                        Cranberry Twp., PA  16066-1769      





Archdiocesan Catechetical Program

Glory to Jesus Christ!


His Grace, Bishop Melchisedek announces the beginning of the spring 2014 semester of the Archdiocesan Catechetical Program. The eleven-week unit will have church history as its focus. Under the direction of Archpriest Paul Ziatyk, classes will meet on Tuesday evenings beginning on March 18, 2014, and continue through June 3, 2014, with the exception of April 15 (Holy Tuesday). The sessions will once again be held in the conference room of the Archdiocesan Center in Cranberry Township beginning at 7 PM. The program is open to any interested person -- participation in the previous semester’s classes is not a pre-requisite to attend this spring session. The cost per semester is $125.00 for each person attending with the check made payable to “The Archdiocese of Pgh and W PA.” Please send the check and the registration form below to:

                                                Catechetical Program

                                                Archdiocese of Pgh and W PA

                                                P.O. Box 1769

                                                Cranberry Twp., PA 16066-1769





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Upcoming Events

Small Parish Forum

A Small Parish Forum will be held July 10-12 2014 at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Byesville OH. Subtitled “Help, Hope, Stability and Identity”, the forum is geared for parishes with 50 or fewer members who want to set realistic goals based on their town’s economics and demographics and the talents and strengths of their parish community. The Forum is sponsored by both the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest, OCA. 

Speakers and Topics

The agenda will include workshops, presentations from experienced , small group discussions Additional info on speakers, potential topics and registration can be found on the event webpage: here.

Location and Cost

Speakers facilitators and content for this event will be top notch. Yet, because of financial support received from both dioceses costs will below. Lodging is reasonable – a block of rooms has been reserved at $68/night. Registration costs will be $100/attendee. We expect to be able to provide partial travel cost reimbursement for parishes that need it.  The venue, while outside of our Diocese, is at the intersection of I-77 and I-70 ~ 2 hours west of Pittsburgh.  

More info.

St. Cyril of White Lake Food Pantry

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop MELCHISEDEK, St. Cyril of White Lake Food Pantry has opened at Holy Assumption of St. Mary Orthodox Church, 105 S. 19th St. Pittsburgh, PA.  The Food Pantry is open on Thursdays from 5:45pm to 6:45pm, and as needed by appointment to meet the needs of the poor and homeless of the City of Pittsburgh. 


To see the life of our Archdiocese in pictures please visit our photo gallery which follows the journeys of His Grace throughout the Archdiocese.

Archdiocesan Calendar

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