Welcome to Our Archdiocesan Website
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.
Registration Open for Small Parish Forum
Registration is now open for the 2016 Small Parish Forum jointly sponsored by the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest. Forum sessions will take place from 3:00 PM July 14 to 12:15 PM July 16 2016 at Holy Assumption Church, 2027 18th St NW Canton OH which is less than a two hour drive from Pittsburgh.
The Small Parish Forum, now in its third year, is an opportunity for clergy and lay leaders from small Orthodox churches to share helpful, hopeful ideas and tools for stabilizing and strengthening parish life. Topics will include: understanding your neighborhood; structuring youth and education efforts in small churches; worship in the small parish, evangelizing as a small church; and the role of the bi-vocational pastor. Most sessions and speakers have been requested by past attendees and are new for 2016.
Most parishes in the Archdiocese are small,” said Joseph Kormos, Forum chairperson and Parish Development Ministry Leader for the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh. “And, just as a clinic is not a large metropolitan hospital with fewer beds, small churches are not immature mini-versions of larger parishes. They think, act and feel different. While their resources are limited, small parishes can worship well, care for one another, teach, serve their community and share Christ's love with others. They need to do so in ways that are appropriate for their size, identity and limitations.”
Attendees from the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh are eligible for tuition rebates and grants to assist with travel costs.
For more information and registration click here.
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.
For more information, please visit the St. Cyril of White Lake Food Pantry Page