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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.

Small Parish Forum Press Release


July 21, 2014

Small Parish Forum Attracts Diverse Group from U.S. and Canada

Byesville, OH—The first-ever Small Parish Forum was held July 10-12 in Byesville, Ohio at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church. It was co-hosted by the Diocese of the Midwest and the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.

Geared to parishes with 50 members or less, the forum speakers presented ideas, principals and tactics for strengthening the parish, committing to long term viability, and developing reachable goals.

Participants came from as far away as New England, North Dakota, and Saskatchewan. In addition to clergy and laity attendees from Orthodox parishes, the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, Ohio was represented by Fr. Dennis Hrubiak.

“It truly was excellently planned and executed!” praised Archpriest William (John) Evansky

Archdiocesan Chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. “I heard numerous positive comments from the attendees, many of whom look forward to such events in the future.”

Presentations were supported with workshops, case studies, clergy and laity breakout sessions, and time for networking. Participants will be given the opportunity to stay in touch with each other for support and reinforcement through an electronic email group.

Given encouragement to hold another conference in 2015, organizers will begin preliminary planning this fall, or early 2015.

Materials from the Forum can be accessed here.

Those interested in attending the 2015 Small Parish Forum will find updates on the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania website at:


AnnMarie Mecera

Small Parish Forum


AnnMarie Mecera, A. Mecera Communications
Founder: St. Phoebe Center for the History of the Deaconess

The information in this transmittal is privileged and confidential and is intended only for the recipient(s) listed above.


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



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.

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