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February 20, 2018

Letter from Bishop Edward C. Malesic on National Catholic Call-In Day

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

In February of 2017 I issued a statement related to the issue of immigration and refugees coming into the United States.  In that statement, I made mention of the fact that as a Pro-Life Church we know that the demand of the Gospel of Life continues from conception and birth to a natural death, and that Gospel accountability extends beyond our national borders.

I went on to acknowledge that Catholic Christians in America have been among the most welcoming people, knowing that nearly all of us have come from immigrant families ourselves.  At one time, our forebears fled the hardships of their homes from many countries around the world.  I think of this when I read the Scripture passage that gives God’s law to His people: “When an alien resides with you in your land, do not mistreat such a one.  You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt.  I, the LORD, am your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34).

I acknowledge that the issue of welcoming immigrants into our country while protecting our borders is a complicated one, as is indicated by the strong differences of opinion about it in our country today.  As followers of the teachings of Jesus, we must continually bring the light of his Gospel to our discussions surrounding this and other difficult, complex matters.

Balancing the reasonable and appropriate measures we need to take to ensure the safety of our citizens while at the same time fulfilling the Gospel mandate may not always be easy or simple; but, it is both necessary and obtainable when people of good will work together.  This is critical for us, since the Lord says he will judge us at the end of time, based on how we treated our brothers and sisters during our time on earth.  As Jesus told us, “Whatever you did not do for one of these least brothers of mine, you did not do for me” (Matthew 25:40).  America has been and must continue to be a place of refuge for people such as these.

In the last few days, the USCCB has asked all Bishops of the United States to encourage their people to participate in a National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers.  As you may already know, late last week, the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers.  Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB President; Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB Vice President; and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, together issued the following statement:

“We are deeply disappointed that the Senate was not able to come together in a bipartisan manner to secure legislative protection for the Dreamers.  With the March 5th deadline looming, we ask once again that Members of Congress show the leadership necessary to find a just and humane solution for these young people, who daily face mounting anxiety and uncertainty.

“We are also announcing a National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers.  This coming weekend, we will be asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress next Monday, February 26, to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process.

“Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters.  We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way.  Now is the time for action.”

The instructions for participating in this call-in campaign are on the other side of this letter.  This information is also in the Feb. 22 issue of The Catholic Accent and on our Diocesan social media outreach.  I realize that this is short notice in this very busy Lenten time, but as we all know, legislation can sometimes move quickly, and in this instance, time is critical.

As I said last February, I pray to God that we will make good moral decisions on behalf of our citizens, as well as the many refugees and immigrants who are seeking safety or a better life in our country.  The decisions we accept should be made out of an acknowledgement of the divinely-ordained freedom granted to all of God’s children.  In Jesus’ own words, “Do not be afraid.”

Peace to you and blessings upon those you love.

Edward C. Malesic
Bishop of Greensburg

 



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Mourners react during a Feb. 15 prayer vigil in Pompano Beach, Fla., for victims of the shootings at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. At least 17 people were killed in the shooting.
February 15, 2018

Statement by Bishop Edward C. Malesic about Florida school shooting

As I heard about Wednesday's horrific school shooting in Florida, I struggled to find the words to convey my sorrow and deep compassion for the victims and their families and my deep frustration with yet another senseless act of violence, especially one targeting our young people. I want to start by sharing the statement from Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who was present with the families who lost loved ones in the Columbine massacre nearly two decades ago.

"Nineteen years ago I sat with the parents of children murdered in the Columbine High School massacre, and buried some of their dead. Nothing seems to change, no matter how brutal the cost. Terrible things happen; pious statements are released, and the nation goes back to its self-absorbed distractions.

"The latest massacre in south Florida requires two things from all of us. We need to pray for the victims and their families because — as I witnessed firsthand at Columbine — their suffering is intense and long lasting.

"And we need to be angry: angry at our lawmakers for doing so little to prevent these catastrophes; angry at our news and entertainment media for simultaneously feeding off these tragedies and fueling them with a steady stream of sensationalism and moral incoherence; angry at ourselves for perversely tolerating these things, and then forgetting them until the next round of violence.

"This is Lent. As a people, we have a lot to repent and confess. And let's not lie to ourselves that tighter gun restrictions — as vital and urgent as they now are — will solve the problem. We've lost our respect for human life on a much broader scale, and this is the utterly predictable result."

The archbishop is absolutely right. We have all probably lost count of the number of these horrific incidents; this is my third statement since the Las Vegas shooting last October. The sheer magnitude and number of such shootings seem to be reserved to the United States. We, as a nation, are doing something very wrong here.

Prayers are powerful, and prayers are a necessary part of any Christian response to evil. But we have to start taking action to stop this carnage. Pray to God that in addition to helping the victims and their families heal from this unimaginable tragedy, that He burn in our hearts the courage to stand up and combat this problem, whether it is by advocating for better and sorely needed mental health services, working to help end bullying in our schools, responding to the developmental needs of boys and young men so they don't resort to gun violence as a solution to their problems, working to promote respect for life, and, yes, advocating for better gun laws that make sense.

This is a multifaceted problem. There is no one easy answer to the ongoing problem of gun violence in our schools.  But we must begin now to do what we can. It is already too late for so many.

 



February 1, 2018

Bishop Malesic Flu Season Recommendations

GREENSBURG — Bishop Edward C. Malesic is encouraging parish leaders in the Diocese of Greensburg to promote “prudent and beneficial” practices in parishes during the flu season.

In a letter emailed to priests and permanent deacons Jan. 31, Bishop Malesic asked for prayers for people suffering from illness and made several recommendations concerning liturgical practices at Mass.

He asked priests to evaluate the situations in their parishes and modify certain liturgical practices if necessary. He recommended the following:

  • Inform people at Mass to exchange the sign of peace without physical contact, or eliminate the practice for now.
  • Suspend the distribution of Communion from the chalice, while making sure other accommodations are made for parishioners who have medical conditions, such as gluten sensitivity, that require them to receive Communion from the chalice only.
  • If still using the chalice, remind parishioners not to receive from the chalice if they are ill or fear they are becoming ill.
  • Remind all people who distribute Communion to continue practicing good hygiene, including washing or sanitizing their hands.
  • Remind ushers, greeters and other ministers of hospitality to hold doors open for parishioners entering and departing the church to minimize the spread of viruses on public surface areas.

Bishop Malesic said that as the flu season continues, he and other diocesan officials will continue to evaluate whether further actions regarding liturgical practices are warranted.


January 16, 2018

We are all created in God’s image

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

When does human life begin? When I was a biology major in college, this could have been a question on an embryology exam. It has an easy answer. Life begins at conception. Although some people unfairly criticize religion as being unscientific, this one scientific fact supports our belief that life must be protected from its very beginning.

I often say something that I know to be true: I once was just two cells old. That was my life at its very beginning — immediately after I inherited my mother’s DNA and my father’s DNA to form my own DNA. When I was only a day old — and still in the womb — I wasn’t yet the person who I am now. But I wasn’t that person when I was 21 years old either. Still, the truth is, I became “me” when I was conceived, complete with my own unique genetic makeup and potential.

So is human life worth protecting? This is where the discussion becomes more theological. Human life is a gift from God. It begins when parents participate in God’s creative activity, ideally through intimate love. In Scripture, we are told that God knew us even before we were formed in the womb (see Jeremiah 1:5). We also are told that we are created in the image and likeness of God (see Genesis 1:27).  Like God, we are able to think, love, know and reflect. We also are made to have a soul — one that is destined for eternity. Because of our belief, we demand that human life deserves protection.

But what about our non-theological friends? Should they be left off the hook if they do not believe in God — and therefore do not believe that life is God’s gift? Certainly not! Even if someone does not believe in God, this person can still know that human life is a special and unique continuum that begins with conception — as science has confirmed — and is worth defending. This truth stands whether or not one believes in God. I am grateful to pro-life atheists and agnostics who comprehend the value of human life and understand that killing one innocent human life puts us all in jeopardy of being discarded when we aren’t useful or when our existence becomes bothersome to the aspirations of others.

Today, we are witnessing some of the disturbing results of going down that slippery slope. There is a growing movement to grant legal rights allowing people to kill either themselves or others by euthanasia. Once it is permissible to destroy the most innocent of life — an embryo — it then becomes easier to believe that a human being whose life is difficult, in pain, taxing the medical system, causing disruption in the personal lives of others or not contributing to the material and social good of society can — or even should — be put to death. And this killing is all done under the guise of “compassion.”

Abortion and euthanasia are tentacles of the culture of death and darkness that has a great disrespect and disregard for human life. Yet, as followers of Jesus, we live under his Gospel telling us that “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). And we will continue to respond with the culture of life because we trust in Jesus who said, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Our faith in Jesus requires us to respect all human life: the unborn and elderly citizens; our own children and undocumented children; the innocent and those who are on death row. Like us, all of them are made in God’s image and equally loved by God. This is why Jesus taught us to live a different way — the sacrificial way of faith, hope and love.

So what should we do? As Christians we must join with people of other faiths — and even people of no faith —  to say, “We stand for life.” We stand together, arm in arm, with other people who know the truth about human life. It starts at conception. It is good by its very nature. It demands protection. And if we don’t protect it at the beginning, people will always attempt to extend the boundaries of when life can legally be destroyed.

And so on January 19, I will once again unite with more than 100,000 people at the March for Life in Washington D.C. I will join with people from the Diocese of Greensburg and around the nation, and we will peacefully lift up our voices and prayers and say: “No” to Roe v. Wade; “No” to death by abortion; “No” to a culture of disrespect and disregard for the life of anyone. But more than that, I want to say, “Yes.”  “Yes” to God (we are created in His image); “Yes” to reason (life begins at conception); and “Yes” to life. It is a gift, after all. And it is good. “God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good (Genesis 1:31).

May God protect our unborn children, help parents who find themselves with troubled pregnancies, and move our lawmakers to defend and support life from conception until its natural death — and every moment in between.

Your brother in Christ,

The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL
Bishop of Greensburg

 

January 1, 2018

Official

The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL, Bishop of Greensburg, has made the following announcements:

Effective Monday, January 1, 2018

Leave of Absence

At his own request, The Reverend Jonathan J. Wisneski, JCL, has been granted a six-month leave of absence for personal reasons.

In conjunction with his Leave of Absence, Father Wisneski has resigned as Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life, Chancellor and all Diocesan Curial and Tribunal appointments.

Father Wisneski has also resigned as Pastor of Seven Dolors Parish, Yukon.

Administrator

The Reverend Monsignor James T. Gaston, VF, is appointed Administrator of Seven Dolors Parish, Yukon, while remaining Dean of Deanery III, Pastor of Mother of Sorrows Parish, Murrysville, and maintaining all other Diocesan appointments.

Interim Chancellor

The Reverend Anthony J. Carbone, JCL, is appointed Interim Chancellor while remaining pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Latrobe, Administrator of Saint Rose Parish, Latrobe, Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, and maintaining all other Diocesan and Tribunal appointments.

Director of the Office for the Permanent Diaconate

Deacon William J. Hisker, Ph.D., is appointed Director of the Office for the Permanent Diaconate, while continuing his diaconal assignment at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish, Greensburg.

The Office for Priestly Vocations

The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL, has renamed the Office for Clergy Vocations to the Office for Priestly Vocations.

The Reverend Tyler J. Bandura, is appointed Director of the Office for Priestly Vocations, while continuing as Chaplain of Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School and Episcopal Master of Ceremonies with continued residency at Our Lady of Grace Parish Rectory, Greensburg.

Completion of Term

The Reverend Jose (Pepe) Oh Pimental, has completed his five-year term in the Diocesan International Priests’ Program and is returning to the Archdiocese of Caceres, Philippines.

The Reverend Gerardo Mendoza Juarez, has completed his five-year term in the Diocesan International Priests’ Program and is returning to the Diocese of Lucena, Philippines, effective October 31, 2017.

 



December 21, 2017

Christ’s birth gives us hope for peace on earth

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.” (Is 9:5)

“And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel,
praising God and saying:
‘Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’” (Lk 2:13-14)

Dear Friends in Christ,

We begin our celebration of Christmas with two messages of peace from our Scriptures, one from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah and the other from the Nativity of our Lord as recorded in the Gospel of Luke.

This Christmas, we are again in need of the peace that comes from our savior, Jesus Christ. We need to pray for the peace that we do not have and protect the peace that we do have.

As a sad reminder, this year has been filled with the pain and suffering of natural disasters, including three powerful hurricanes that ravaged the Gulf Coast and several Caribbean islands.

The last few months have seen horrific shootings at a concert in Las Vegas, in a church in Texas and in a mosque in Egypt.

Just over a month ago, I presided at the funeral Mass for Brian Shaw, a 25-year-old New Kensington police officer who was shot and killed while protecting the community.

Throughout the past year, we have continued to bury victims of the ongoing opioid crisis and faced the specter of a nuclear confrontation in Korea.

Many people originally brought to our country as little children now have the very real fear of being deported by our government to a land where the language is foreign to them.

There are many other examples of suffering, and I am sure that all of us have situations in our own lives that could use the Lord’s peace too.

We can easily become overwhelmed by the darkness and evil in our world and personal lives. We can begin to despair. But, the birth of an innocent child in a small, poverty-stricken kingdom in the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago gives us hope. When we call on the name of Jesus, he turns his eyes of compassion toward us. His living presence in our hearts gives us the ability to “Have no fear.” Often, when I am afraid, I think of the face of that little child of Bethlehem. Jesus gives me comfort — he comforts all who look to him for help. He also challenges us to love one another. What we have received from him, we must freely give away.

Every Christmas we are reminded that we have received the peace of Jesus as a gift, and we must give his peace to others as our gift back to God.

How? Here are a few of the many ways that we show our appreciation of God’s great favor in giving us his only begotten Son. Our parishes sponsor Angel Trees and Giving Trees to provide gifts for children who might otherwise not receive any. We collect food for people and families in need and prepare special meals for people who might not have a warm meal at Christmas. We visit the elderly and homebound to share the joy of Christmas. We pray for those who suffer from addiction and work for their recovery. We strive to end poverty and seek justice for those who are oppressed. We march in peace for the protection of unborn human life. And we stand up for Jesus in the disguise of the hungry, thirsty, elderly, sick, imprisoned and forgotten.

This is not merely a matter of politics for us, it is a matter of faith in Jesus who loved us and said, “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do” (Jn 13:15). In terms of the Christmas story, we model our discipleship of Jesus after Mary; like her, we bring the love of Christ to life.

Yet, the meaning of Christmas is not a one-time event. We are called to bring Jesus to life every day in our families, our neighborhoods, our schools and our places of work. We must allow the peace of the Christ-child to live in us always. His love must rule our lives. Our fragile world depends on it.

I will keep you and your loved ones in my prayers, as I always do. Please keep me and the diocese in your prayers. We need them, and I appreciate them. Thank you for your faithful witnesses as disciples of Jesus and for sharing that witness with our world, which is so in need of Him.

As your brother in Christ, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. 

The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL
Bishop of Greensburg

 

December 19, 2017

Greensburg Bishop Edward C. Malesic’s statement on governor’s veto of bill to abolish dismemberment abortions

I, like all pro-life advocates in Pennsylvania, am extremely disheartened by Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of Senate Bill 3, which would have abolished dismemberment abortions in Pennsylvania and banned most abortions from the 20th week on during a pregnancy. The legislation was passed in a bipartisan manner in both the House (121-70), and the Senate (32-18). It is ironic that this veto occurred during a season that contemplates the birth of a child at Christmas. I thank the legislators — especially those who represent the Diocese of Greensburg — who continue to vote to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, especially unborn children. I ask people to lovingly pray for a change of heart among the legislators and members of the administration who do not recognize the importance of that protection.  The right to life is the most fundamental of rights since none other matter to a child who is killed in the womb. I ask people to join me in praying for the unborn, their mothers and our public officials.

 

November 19, 2017

Statement by Greensburg Bishop Edward C. Malesic on death of New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw

I ask all the people in the Diocese of Greensburg to join me in praying for New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Friday night. Officer Shaw made the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting the people of his community.

My condolences and prayers go out to Brian’s parents and family members as they face the loss of a loved one who was just beginning a life of service that held so much promise.

May perpetual light shine upon Brian, and may God send down his love and healing touch to Brian’s family, friends and fellow police officers. May God protect all police officers and first responders who risk their lives every day. And may God bring peace to New Kensington, a city that has suffered from far too much violence in recent years.

May Officer Brian Shaw rest in peace.

 

November 6, 2017

Greensburg Bishop Edward C. Malesic statement on Texas church shooting

“Jesus said, “My house shall be a house of prayer.” Sadly, yesterday, the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was also turned into a house of horror. My prayers, and those of the faithful in the Diocese of Greensburg, are with our Christian brothers and sisters who have become the victims of another senseless tragedy. May the Lord give his comfort to all those who have now suffered from the loss of life and happiness. We can never become numbed to the continuing stream of outrageously violent crimes that show such a lack of respect for the lives of our fellow human beings. We will continue to teach and proclaim that every person is created in God’s image. Jesus said, ‘Be not afraid,’ and so we will continue to confront the darkest places in our nation and our world with the love and mercy of God. While prayer must always be the Christians’ first response to darkness and tragedy, our society must also seriously address the access that violent persons with serious mental health issues can have to high-powered assault weapons.”

 

November 1, 2017

Statement by Bishop Edward C. Malesic on death of Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School student Nov. 1, 2017

”Jesus wept at the death of his friend, Lazarus.  Today is a very sad day for the Greensburg Central Catholic community, and there are many tears that have already been shed at this tragic loss of one of our young students.  I extend my heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathy to the student’s parents and his entire family.  I also am praying for the Greensburg Central Catholic community, especially for the students who have now lost a friend and fellow classmate. Knowing that many people will have questions about grief, faith and the fragility of life, counselors from GCC and the Intermediate Unit, as well as spiritual help from the leadership of our campus ministry, will be made available at the school for students, faculty and staff.  May we hold each other close in prayerful support.  May Jesus give us his consolation and his help during this difficult time.”

 

October 17, 2017

Statement from Bishop Edward C. Malesic, JCL, on HHS settlement between Diocese of Greensburg and the Department of Justice

“We are extremely pleased with the favorable settlement that has been reached between the Diocese of Greensburg and the Department of Justice.

This permanent injunction solidifies an exclusive agreement between the government and the diocese. It holds that the Department of Justice will not enforce the HHS mandate, its accommodation, nor its narrow religious exemption on the Diocese of Greensburg. Additionally, this agreement will hold firm in the event of any future regulatory changes that may occur with HHS legislation.

I am deeply grateful to my predecessor, Bishop Emeritus Lawrence E. Brandt, who began work on this extremely important initiative several years ago. And I am appreciative of the highly competent work put forth by Jones Day, our legal counsel who diligently worked on our behalf.

This is a positive and substantive victory for every religious institution espousing that religious and moral beliefs must be supported by the fundamental right of religious freedom as envisioned by the founders of our great nation.”

Department of Justice announces settlement in HHS mandate suits

Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) — A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate.

The Oct. 13 agreement was reached between the government and the law firm Jones Day, which represented more than 70 clients fighting the mandate. Made public Oct. 16, the agreement states that the plaintiffs would not be forced to provide health insurance coverage for “morally unacceptable” products and procedures, including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.

“This settlement brings to a conclusion our litigation challenging the Health and Human Services’ mandate obliging our institutions to provide support for morally objectionable activities, as well as a level of assurance as we move into the future,” said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., in an Oct. 16 letter to priests of the archdiocese.

The mandate originated with the Obama administration. Issued through the Department of Health and Human Services, it required employers – even those with deeply-held religious objections – to provide and pay for contraceptive, abortifacient and sterilization coverage in their health insurance plans.

The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., was one of more than 300 plaintiffs (including the Diocese of Greensburg) who had challenged the mandate, arguing “that the practice of our faith was inextricably tied to the ministries that put that faith into action,” and that as such, they should not be forced to violate their faith to continue their ministries, Wuerl recalled.

The archdiocese and six other plaintiffs had argued their position before the Supreme Court in the case Zubik v. Burwell. In 2016, the high court ruled against the government’s requirement that certain employers provide and pay for the morally objectionable services.

“While the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Religious Liberty and new guidelines and regulations are extremely helpful, the settlement of the Zubik litigation adds a leavening of certainty moving forward,” the cardinal added.

The Department of Justice’s new settlement “removes doubt” and closes these cases challenging the mandate, the cardinal continued. “The settlement adds additional assurances that we will not be subject to enforcement or imposition of similar regulations imposing such morally unacceptable mandates moving forward,” he stated.

On Oct. 6, the Department of Justice revised its guidelines for all government agencies in light of existing religious freedom laws, releasing a set of principles which stated clearly that the government cannot substantially burden religious practices, unless there is a compelling state interest in doing so and those burdens use the least-restrictive means possible.

Thomas Aquinas College, a Catholic college in California and another plaintiff against the HHS mandate also celebrated the protection the settlement brings.

“While we welcomed the broadening of the exemption from the HHS mandate last week by the Trump administration, we have under our agreement today something even better: a permanent exemption from an onerous federal directive – and any similar future directive – that would require us to compromise our fundamental beliefs,” said Thomas Aquinas College president Dr. Michael F. McLean in an Oct. 16 statement.

“This is an extraordinary outcome for Thomas Aquinas College and for the cause of religious freedom.”

In addition to settling the case, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury have also decided to provide partial coverage of the plaintiffs’ attorney fees and costs of the lawsuits.

“This financial concession by the government only reinforces its admission of the burdensome nature of the HHS contraceptive mandate and its violation of the College's free exercise of religion,” stated Thomas Aquinas College General Counsel, Quincy Masteller.



October 2, 2017

Bishop Malesic statement on Las Vegas shooting

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

It is with tragic irony that the Catholic Church’s observance of Respect Life Month begins with the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas. My prayers, and those of all in the Diocese of Greensburg, are with the victims of this senseless tragedy. We also pray for their families and loved ones. We can never become numbed to the seemingly endless stream of outrageous crimes that show a lack of respect for our fellow human beings. We continue to teach and proclaim that every human person is created in God’s image and has the right to life. Although the event in Las Vegas is deeply disturbing for all of us, we will continue to pray that the light of God’s love will reach into the darkest places in our nation and our world. As Jesus said, “Be not afraid.”

Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL
Bishop of Greensburg

September 21, 2017
OFFICIAL
The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL, Bishop of Greensburg, has made the following announcements:

Effective Wednesday, September 20, 2017
 
Parochial Vicars
The Reverend Medil Sacay Aseo, Parochial Vicar of Saint Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Kittanning, and Saint Mary, Mother of God Parish, Yatesboro, with residence at Saint Mary, Mother of God Rectory, Yatesboro.

The Reverend Gade Show Reddy, Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin, and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, North Huntingdon, with residence at Immaculate Conception Rectory, Irwin.

The Reverend Arnel Aldave Estrella, Parochial Vicar of Christ the King Parish, Leechburg, and Saint Gertrude Parish, Vandergrift, with interim residence at Saint James the Greater Rectory, Apollo, and, at a later date, residence at Christ the King Parish, Leechburg.

The Reverend Teodoro Abner Cortezano, Parochial Vicar of Saint Pius X Parish and Visitation Parish, Mount Pleasant, and Saint Raymond of the Mountains Parish, Donegal, with residence at Saint Raymond of the Mountains Rectory, Donegal.

Effective Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017
 
Leave of Absence

The Reverend Ryan C. Ravis, at his own request, has been granted a six-month leave of absence.


September 5, 2017

Statement from Bishop Edward C. Malesic about DACA decision

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Jesus welcomes children saying, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these’ (Mt 19:14). Followers of Jesus are called to imitate his kindness and compassion and welcome children and the vulnerable members of society. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has protected nearly 800,000 young people since its inception in 2012 by allowing them to study and work in the United States without fear of deportation. Today’s decision ignores the reality that many of these young people are making positive contributions to our communities. They should continue to enjoy the protections that are now scheduled to end in six months. I strongly urge Congress to immediately begin working toward a legislative solution to this issue and to work toward comprehensive, fair immigration reform, which is sorely needed in this country.

I support the U.S. bishops’ statement which notes: “These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society; continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education. Now, after months of anxiety and fear about their futures, these brave young people face deportation. This decision is unacceptable and does not reflect who we are as Americans.”

Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL
Bishop of Greensburg



August 29, 2017

Bishop Edward C. Malesic calls for prayers, assistance for people impacted by Hurricane Harvey and ongoing flooding; special collection in Diocese of Greensburg Sept. 16-17

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The images of the devastation and flooding from Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are catastrophic and heart wrenching. And with much more rain in the forecasts, there are fears that the death toll will rise and damages will approach the disastrous levels of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, who is also the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, has asked for prayers for his archdiocese and the other dioceses in Texas that have suffered the brunt of this storm.

I join Cardinal DiNardo and my brother bishops in those prayers and ask for you to pray for the millions of people who are being impacted by this storm and who will need our help to put their lives back together when the storm is over.

May God protect them and care for them. May God also protect the many men and women, some private citizens, who are putting their lives at risk to help and rescue their neighbors.

The USCCB is working closely with the local dioceses, Catholic Charities USA and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, along with other relief organizations, to assess recovery needs. Recovery will be a long term effort, and your help will be needed long after the storm has passed.

The USCCB has asked all dioceses in the country to take a special collection to support disaster relief efforts in Houston and along the Gulf Coast. The Diocese of Greensburg will take that collection at all Masses the weekend of Sept. 16-17. Funds given to the collection will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the USCCB.

You may also contribute directly to Catholic Charities USA at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL
Bishop of Greensburg

July 28, 2017

Bishop Malesic letter to parishioners about the arrest of retired priest of the diocese

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This is a difficult time knowing that a priest who once ministered in our diocese has been arrested on one felony count of child sexual abuse. As your bishop, I pray for you and all the good, faithful parishioners of the Diocese of Greensburg. I pray for all of our dedicated, hardworking priests. And, most importantly, I ask you to join me in praying for all the victims of child sexual abuse and their families. This is one of the most despicable evils in our society, and it can devastate young lives and tear families apart.

Please know that the diocese — in its ongoing commitment to protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults — responded immediately to the allegations against Father Sweeney.

On Sept. 20, 2016, the diocese was informed by the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office that a report of alleged sexual abuse of a child involving Father Sweeney dating back to the early 1990s was made to the PA ChildLine.

In accordance with diocesan policy, Father Sweeney was immediately removed from Holy Family Parish, West Newton, where he had been serving as pastor since Oct. 30, 2008. His priestly faculties were suspended, and he was placed on administrative leave effective Sept. 21, 2016, pending an investigation by civil authorities.

Father Sweeney was prohibited from presenting himself as a priest in public, and his residence was transferred to the diocese’s retired priest facility. He was required to avoid any unsupervised contact with minors.

Father Sweeney retired Dec. 31, 2016, with residence at the diocese’s retired priest facility. He continues to live there because the diocese is responsible for the care of its priests, and he has not been tried or convicted of a crime.

According to diocesan records, it was the first — and thus far is the only — complaint related to sexual abuse of a child that the diocese has received concerning Father Sweeney.

At the request of law enforcement officials, the Diocese of Greensburg did not publicize the allegation. The diocese has been fully cooperating with law enforcement’s investigation of this allegation, and continues to cooperate with the ongoing, statewide grand jury investigation of clergy abuse of minors. Given the fact that the grand jury investigation into six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania — including the Diocese of Greensburg — is continuing, the diocese is prohibited from making any comments about Father Sweeney.

Father Sweeney served several parishes. He was parochial vicar of Holy Family Parish, Latrobe, (1970-75) and Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish, Greensburg (1975-80). He was pastor of the former St. Hedwig Parish, Smock, and its former chapel in Keisterville (1980-82); St. Mary Parish, Freeport (1982-85); St. Margaret Mary Parish, Lower Burrell, and its former chapel in Braeburn (1985-98); St. James the Greater Parish, Apollo (1998-2008); and Holy Family Parish, West Newton (2008-16).

Please know that every report made to the diocese involving the suspected abuse of a child, young person or vulnerable adult — sexual, physical or emotional — is immediately forwarded to the PA ChildLine and the appropriate District Attorney if this has not already been done.

If anyone suspects that a child, young person or vulnerable adult has been abused by any one at any time, call the PA ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313, no matter when the suspected incident might have occurred.

If you have information pertaining to Father Sweeney, call the Attorney General’s hotline at 1-888-538-8541.

The diocese offers free counseling through Catholic Charities to anyone who has been impacted by sexual abuse by anyone associated with the Catholic Church, even if the abuse occurred in another diocese. If you or someone you know seeks counseling for this matter, call Catholic Charities at one of these numbers: Belle Vernon office, 724-929-4699; Kittanning office, 724-548-1009; Indiana office, 724-463-8806; New Kensington office, 724-334-4453; Uniontown office, 724-439-3531; or the Catholic Charities main number in Greensburg, 724-837-1840.

While this is an uncomfortable and difficult subject to discuss, we will continue working to protect our children, our church and our society from this unconscionable evil. We look to the teachings of Jesus for guidance and for hope. He is our compassionate and just judge, the true shepherd of our souls, who asked that we let our children come unto him without harm.

Mary, Mother of the child Jesus and Mother of our Church, pray for us.

Edward C. Malesic, JCL
The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL
Bishop of Greensburg

 

July 24, 2017

Diocese of Greensburg priest arrested on charges of sexual abuse of a minor

GREENSBURG — The Reverend John T. Sweeney, a retired priest of the Diocese of Greensburg, has been arrested and charged with one felony count of sexual abuse of a minor. He surrendered to law enforcement officials in the company of his civil counsel at the New Kensington Police Department today, July 24. After being processed, Father Sweeney was arraigned in District Court 10-1-04, Allegheny Township.

On Sept. 20, 2016, the Diocese of Greensburg was informed by the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office that a report of alleged sexual abuse of a child involving Father Sweeney dating back to the early 1990s was made to the PA ChildLine.

According to diocesan records, it was the first — and thus far is the only — complaint related to sexual abuse of a child that the Diocese of Greensburg has received concerning Father Sweeney.

In accordance with diocesan policy, as soon as the diocese was made aware of the allegation, Father Sweeney was removed from Holy Family Parish, West Newton, where he had been serving as pastor since Oct. 30, 2008.  His priestly faculties were suspended and he was placed on administrative leave effective Sept. 21, 2016, pending an investigation by civil authorities. In addition, at that time he was prohibited from presenting himself as a priest in public, and his residence was transferred to the retired priest facilities at The Bishop Connare Center. He was required to avoid any unsupervised contact with minors.

Father Sweeney retired Dec. 31, 2016, with residence at The Bishop Connare Center.

At the request of law enforcement officials, the Diocese of Greensburg did not publicize the allegation. The diocese has been fully cooperating with law enforcement’s investigation of this allegation.  The diocese also continues to cooperate with the ongoing, statewide grand jury investigation of clergy abuse of minors.

Father Sweeney, 74, was ordained a priest on May 9, 1970. He served as parochial vicar of Holy Family Parish, Latrobe, (1970-75) and Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish, Greensburg (1975-80). He served as pastor of the former St. Hedwig Parish, Smock, and its former chapel in Keisterville (1980-82); St. Mary Parish, Freeport (1982-85); St. Margaret Mary Parish, Lower Burrell, and its former chapel in Braeburn (1985-98); St. James the Greater Parish, Apollo (1998-2008); and Holy Family Parish, West Newton (2008-16).

The Diocese of Greensburg takes the protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults seriously.  Every report of suspected abuse of a child, young person or vulnerable adult — sexual, physical or emotional — that is made to the diocese is immediately reported to the PA ChildLine and the appropriate District Attorney.

If anyone suspects that a child, young person or vulnerable adult has been abused by any one at any time, the person should call the PA ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313, no matter when the suspected incident might have occurred. Notices to this effect are regularly published in parish bulletins and the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Accent.

Bishop Malesic calls on Catholics in the diocese to pray for all victims of abuse, and the diocese continues to educate the children and adults in the Diocese of Greensburg on how to spot and report abuse.

Because this is an ongoing investigation, the diocese can make no further comment.

 

July 3, 2017

Donahue_William.jpgFather William Donahue, a retired priest of the diocese dies at 74

GREENSBURG —Father William P. Donahue, a retired priest of the Diocese of Greensburg, died Sunday, July 2, 2017, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Pastor of St. Rose Parish, Latrobe, for 19 years before retiring in 2014, he was 74 and had been a priest of the diocese for 47 years. Father Donahue was born March 24, 1943, in New Kensington to the late William A. and Dorothy (Courson) Donahue.
 He attended the former St. Joseph School and graduated from the former New Kensington High School. Father Donahue earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary.

 He was ordained to the priesthood May 9, 1970, by Bishop William G. Connare at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Father Donahue served as parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist Parish, Scottdale (1970-72) and St. Paul Parish, Greensburg (1972-78). He served as pastor of St. Sylvester Parish, Slickville (1978-83); Our Lady of Grace Parish, Greensburg (1983-88); St. Regis Parish, Trafford (1988-95); and St. Rose Parish, Latrobe (1995-2014). He also served as chaplain at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg and as clergy moderator of Region 11. He retired from active ministry June 4, 2014.

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen A. Savio. Father Donahue is survived by two brothers, Ronald Donahue and his wife, JoAnn, of Sarver, and Keith Donahue and his wife, Pam, of Economy Borough; a brother-in-law, Lee Savio, of Patterson Township; his nieces and nephews, Karen Harkaway-Graves, Marti Lawson, Kelly Donahue, Jeffrey Donahue, Patrick Donahue, and John Donahue; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Family and friends will be received July 6 from 1-5 p.m. at St. Rose Church, Latrobe, and members of the St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the Rosary at 12:45 p.m. A Mass for the deceased will be celebrated July 6 at 7 p.m. at St. Rose Church with the Msgr. James A. Clarke as celebrant and homilist. Additional viewing will be held following Mass until 9 p.m. and again July 7 from 9-10:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated July 7 at 11 a.m. at St. Rose Church with Bishop Edward C. Malesic as principal celebrant and Father Thomas G. Bishop as homilist. Private interment will be held at St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, 1405 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Arrangements are being handled by the John J. Lopatich Funeral Home, Inc., 601 Weldon Street, Latrobe. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.lopatich.com.



June 29, 2017

Greensburg Bishop Edward C. Malesic releases pastoral letter on opioid crisis; announces schedule for listening sessions and prayer services

opioid-image-for-news-release.jpgGREENSBURG — Addressing the opioid epidemic that killed more than 300 people in the four counties of the Diocese of Greensburg last year, Bishop Edward C. Malesic released a pastoral letter June 29 that outlines the Catholic Church’s local response to the crisis.

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In “A Pastoral Letter on the Drug Abuse Crisis: From Death and Despair to Life and Hope,” the bishop calls on people in the diocese to take action against the opioid scourge, and he outlines efforts that focus on prayer, education and cooperative efforts with government and social service agencies that are already engaged in the fight against addiction.

Noting that rarely a day goes by without news of a death from a drug overdose, he writes, “One especially deadly expression of the crisis of addiction, which is becoming more and more prevalent in our communities, is the current opioid epidemic.”

In the four counties of the diocese — Armstrong, Fayette, Indiana and Westmoreland — there were 319 deaths in 2016 directly related to opioid addiction, he says.

“This is a plague that has come into the homes and families of every city, town, and even the rural areas of our diocese,” he writes. “It has touched the very hearts and souls of our parishioners in the pews and the people living in our communities; it has affected men and women of every age, profession and state of life. Even more tragic is the reality that every one of those 319 deaths was preventable and did not have to happen.”

He said a series of seven Summer Diocesan Drug Education Evenings, which will include a prayer service, will be held around the diocese in the coming weeks.

Dr. Paul Niemiec, director of counseling for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg, will lead the education component, which will include a presentation about the facts of the crisis, a discussion and questions.

After the presentation, Bishop Malesic, who will attend every session, will lead the prayer service, which will include his comments. The evening will conclude with a light reception.

The schedule of Summer Diocesan Drug Education and Prayer Service Evenings follows.
Tuesday, July 11 — Immaculate Conception Parish, Connellsville
Friday, July 14 — Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin
Wednesday, Aug. 2 — St. Joseph Parish, Uniontown
Thursday, Aug. 3 — Our Lady of Grace Parish, Greensburg
Tuesday, Aug. 8 — St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Kittanning
Thursday, Aug. 10 — Mary Queen of Apostles School, Greenwald Site, New Kensington
Wednesday, Aug. 16 — St. Thomas More University Parish, Indiana
Each session begins at 7 p.m.

“Our Christian faith compels us to choose hope” in the face of a crisis, Bishop Malesic writes.

And the Catholic Church offers hope by accompanying people who are in the grip of the crisis — including addicts and their family, friends, co-workers and others — with “courageous faith.”

“We offer them the comforting presence and power of Jesus Christ, risen from the dead,” Bishop Malesic writes. “Jesus will provide.”

In addition to the education sessions and prayer services this summer, Bishop Malesic says the diocese will continue to work with the recently-formed Bishop’s Advisory Group on the Drug Crisis in order to continue developing and implementing a pastoral response to the opioid crisis and to work with existing programs rather than create new ones.

The diocese’s pastoral response will include: ongoing educational opportunities for parish and school staffs; continued counseling, education and referrals by Catholic Charities for people and their families caught up in addiction; assistance in the development of family recovery groups; and helping people advocate with governmental entities to provide resources to prevent and treat drug abuse.

Bishop Malesic urges parishes to: work with existing neighborhood, nonprofit and governmental organizations to promote safe communities and drug-free neighborhoods; have priests and deacons continue to offer spiritual support and, when appropriate, speak about drug abuse in homilies and at formational opportunities; consider developing support groups; maintain a list of treatment centers and contact information for referral purposes when needed; use resources from the diocese to educate and form parishioners and community members to combat the opioid addiction epidemic in homes and families; and consider holding ongoing opportunities for prayer and healing related to the addiction crisis.

“The Church must be present to all who suffer in any way,” he writes. “Jesus can and wants us to use his Church to move our communities from being places of death and despair to places of life and hope.”

Members of the Bishop’s Advisory Group on the Drug Crisis
Formed by Bishop Edward C. Malesic; first meeting, January 17, 2017

  • Msgr. Larry J. Kulick, Vicar General, Diocese of Greensburg
  • Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle, Managing Director, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg
  • Dr. Paul Niemiec, Director of Counseling, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg
  • Ken Bacha, Coroner, Westmoreland County
  • Tim Phillips, Executive Director, Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force
  • Mimi Brooker, Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force
  • Louis E. Wagner Jr., Executive Director, SpiritLife, Inc., Indiana County
  • Dr. VonZell Wade, Clinical Director, SpiritLife, Inc., Indiana County; Co-founder, Lost Dreams Awakening Recovery Center, New Kensington

Read Bishop Malesic's Pastoral Letter

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​June 10, 2017

OFFICIAL

The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL, Bishop of Greensburg, has made the following appointments:

Effective Thursday, July 6, 2017

Retirements:

The Reverend Monsignor Roger A. Statnick, retired as Pastor of Saint Sebastian Parish, Belle Vernon, with private residence.

The Reverend Leonard W. Stoviak, retired as Pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, North Huntingdon, with residence in Neumann House, Greensburg.

The Reverend Stephen C. West, retired as Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Derry, and as Administrator of Saint Martin Parish, New Derry, with private residence.

Pastors:

The Reverend Joseph E. Bonafed, to Pastor of Saint Edward Parish, Herminie, and Pastor of Holy Family Parish, West Newton, with residence in Saint Edward Parish Rectory, from Pastor of Saint John Baptist de La Salle Parish, Delmont, and Administrator of Saint Mary Parish, Export.

The Reverend John J. Harrold, to Pastor of Saint Ambrose Parish, Avonmore, Pastor of Saint Matthew Parish, Saltsburg, and Pastor of Saint Sylvester Parish, Slickville, with residence in Saint Ambrose Parish Rectory, from Pastor of Christ, Prince of Peace Parish, Ford City, and Administrator of Saint Lawrence Parish, Cadogan.

The Reverend Salvatore R. Lamendola to Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Derry, and Pastor of Saint Martin Parish, New Derry, with residence in Saint Joseph Parish Rectory, from Pastor of Saint Ambrose Parish, Avonmore, and Administrator of Saint Matthew Parish, Saltsburg, and Saint Sylvester Parish, Slickville. 2

The Reverend John A. Moineau to Pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, North Huntingdon, while remaining as Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin, and continuing with all other Diocesan appointments, with residence in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Rectory.

The Reverend Alan N. Polczynski, to Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Coral, while remaining as Pastor of Saint Thomas More University Parish, Indiana, Assistant Episcopal Master of Ceremonies, and Clergy Moderator of Region V, with residence in Saint Thomas More University Parish Rectory, from Administrator pro tem of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Coral.

The Reverend Francisco R. Gan, Jr., to Pastor of Saint Sebastian Parish, Belle Vernon, from Pastor of Saint Edward Parish, Herminie, with residence in Saint Sebastian Parish Rectory.

The Reverend Efren C. Ambre, to Pastor of Saint John Baptist de La Salle Parish, Delmont, and Pastor of Saint Mary Parish, Export, with residence in Saint John Baptist de La Salle Parish Rectory, from Parochial Vicar of Saint Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Kittanning, and Saint Mary, Mother of God Parish, Yatesboro.

The Reverend Jose Ricky F. Cortez, to Pastor of Christ, Prince of Peace Parish, Ford City, and Pastor of Saint Lawrence Parish, Cadogan, with residence in Christ, Prince of Peace Parish Rectory, from Parochial Vicar of Saint Pius X and Visitation Parishes, Mount Pleasant, and Saint Raymond of the Mountains Parish, Donegal.

Parochial Vicars / Chaplains:

The Reverend James B. Morley, to Parochial Vicar of Saint Paul Parish, Greensburg, Saint Bruno Parish, Greensburg, Chaplain to Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg, and Co-Chaplain to Clelian Heights School, Greensburg, with residence in Saint Bruno Parish Rectory, from Parochial Vicar of Saint Therese, Little Flower of Jesus Parish, Uniontown, Saint Joseph Parish, Uniontown, and the Partner Parishes of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Fairchance, and Saint Hubert, Point Marion.

The Reverend Patricio D.C. Aborde, Jr., to Parochial Vicar of Saint Therese, Little Flower of Jesus Parish, Uniontown, Saint Joseph Parish, Uniontown, and the Partner Parishes of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Fairchance, and Saint Hubert, Point Marion, with residence in Saint Therese, Little Flower of Jesus Parish Rectory, from Parochial Vicar of Saint Paul Parish, Greensburg, and Saint Bruno Parish, Greensburg, Chaplain to Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg, and Co-Chaplain to Clelian Heights School, Greensburg.

The Reverend Andres C. Gumangan, to Parochial Vicar of Saint Thomas More University Parish, Indiana, and Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Coral, with residence in Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Rectory, from Parochial Vicar of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Indiana. 3

Permanent Deacons:

Deacon Jeffrey Cieslewicz, Sr., to Diaconal Ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin, and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, North Huntingdon, under the supervision of the Pastor, The Reverend John A. Moineau, from Diaconal Ministry at Saint John Baptist de La Salle Parish, Delmont, and Saint Mary Parish, Export.

Special:

Saint Edward Parish, Herminie to Deanery 5, Region VIII, from Deanery 3, Region III, under the Vicar Forane of Deanery 5, The Reverend Monsignor Michael W. Matusak, VF.

OFFICIAL

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL, Bishop of Greensburg, upon the recommendation of The Right Reverend Douglas R. Nowicki, OSB, Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, has made the following appointment:

Effective, Monday, July 17, 2017

The Reverend James F. Podlesny, OSB, to Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Youngstown, and Pastor of Saint Cecilia Parish, Whitney.

The Reverend Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, has been reassigned by his religious community to a parish appointment outside the Diocese of Greensburg from Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Youngstown, and Administrator of Saint Cecilia Parish, Whitney.