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PopeFrancis_quote.jpg Commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself. A relationship with the Lord entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love. Even if at times we are conscious of our weaknesses and tempted to discouragement, we need to turn to God with confidence. God  himself comes to cleanse our “unclean lips” and equip us for the mission: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I, send me’” (Is 6:6-8).

- Pope Francis, 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The Hands that Connect Me to Our Faith

The priest’s hands welcomed me to our faith at baptism, blessing the water and anointing me with sacred oil. Since then, those blessed hands have guided me, comforted me and connected me to our Church and God.  Those hands have confirmed me, and they have allowed me to receive our Lord Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist. They have brought me the comfort of absolution within the sacrament of Reconciliation. They blessed my marriage to the love of my life. And when my days are drawing to a close, may the hands of the priest be there to anoint me with the sacred oil to complete my journey of faith. Hopefully my life will end – coming full circle – brought to our Heavenly Father by the blessed hands of the priest.

Learn more about the Called to Pray AppealA new element to this collection is a “Called to Pray” appeal. As your Bishop, I am asking you to support vocations, including your prayer for those who are being called by God into Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life. In response, I would like to keep your special intention in my daily prayer over the coming months. If you want me to keep your intention in my prayer, please include your prayer intention here. As we pray for your intention and an increased response to God’s call, may we make the foundation of our prayers, “God’s will be done.”


bishop-crest-quote.jpgSincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL
Bishop of Greensburg


“There is grace that comes through priests’ hands when hearing confessions. When penitents hear their absolution and the hands are blessing them as their sins are forgiven, they often cry.”
- Fr. Patricio Aborde, International Priest from the Philippines, Parochial Vicar, St. Therese, St. Joseph, St. Cyril and Methodius, and St. Hubert Churches


“As a deacon, we in a sense add two extra hands at the altar, assisting the priest. During the elevation, the priest holds the consecrated host and the deacon holds the chalice. It’s a visual sign that we are supporting the ministry of the priest.”
- Deacon William Newhouse, Deacon for Ascension and Sacred Heart Churches


“Unlike my dad, who has very strong hands from doing labor, I’ve always seen my hands as kind of a weakness. But these weak hands are going to become divine administers of sacraments. It reminds me that God can do anything with the weakest parts of what we have.”
- The Reverend Mr. Daniel Carr, Deacon and Seminarian completing his formation at the Pontifical North American College, Rome and is to be ordained a priest in 2018


“Our hands are instruments to administer the sacraments. Outside of the sacramental sense, we extend a hand of welcome, a hand of greeting, a hand of encouragement and a hand of support. Our pastoral hands allow us to shepherd our people and guide them in their faith.”
- Fr. Daniel Blout, Pastor, Our Lady of Grace and St. Benedict Churches who recently completed a sabbatical in Rome

 Friends of Seminarians

What is Friends of Seminarians?
The Diocese of Greensburg has established the Friends of Seminarians as a component of the annual Seminarian and Clergy Formation Collection. The journey of a seminarian towards priesthood is long and on occasions can be difficult. As a Friend of Seminarians I would like to ask you to pray that they are strengthened and encouraged on this journey. Please also pray for those who are considering a calling from the Lord, that they will find the affirmation and support they need to say "yes" to God's call. Finally, through the Friend of Seminarians effort we are asking for your "leadership" financial support with a gift of $500 or more to assist with the education costs of our seminarians. The costs for tuition, room and board, and incidentals is approximately $50,000 per year.

As a way to thank you for your support, you will receive updates from me and our seminarians about aspects of their journey, and invitations to special events including upcoming ordinations.

When you become a Friend of Seminarians you become part of their journey to the priesthood and ministry for the rest of their lives; what you do today will have an impact on countless lives for years to come.

Thank you for all your prayers and please know any gift will be greatly appreciated. 

Father Tyler Bandura,

Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations