May 2015 The Clergy Times “Our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him.” Saint Augustine UPCOMING EVENTS Clergy Day May Soon Bishop Zubik will send a letter inviting each of us to our annual Clergy Day, a day when we celebrate the anniversary of ordination of our Jubilarians. This year we congratulate the following priests: 70 years Fr. Matthew Elanjileth 65 years Fr. Mike Vecchio 50 years 15 Catholic Charities Dinner 17-21 Priest Retreat 19 Priests in Transition (Group 2) 20 Priests in Transition (Group 3) June Fr. John Ayoob Fr. Francis Graff 3 Clergy Day 7 Manifesting the Kingdom Awards Fr. Jack O’Malley Fr. Ernie Strzelinski 13 Deacon Ordinations Fr. Richard Terdine 27 Priesthood Ordinations 60 years 14-18 Priest Retreat September Fr. Brian Connolly Fr. Phil DeCarlo 25 years Fr. Pat Barkey Fr. Bill Kohler Fr. Henry Szarnicki Fr. Jack Batykefer Fr. Paul Merkovsky 30 Vicariate 2 Meeting Fr. Ed Trzeciakowski Bishop William Winter Fr. John Skirtich 1 Vicariate 3 Meeting 6 Vicariate 4 Meeting This year’s celebration will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in O’Connor Hall, which as you know is located on the property of Saint Paul Seminary. We will begin at 4:00 p.m. with the celebration of the Eucharist in the Bishop John Bernard McDowell Auditorium. Preprandials and dinner will follow in the Cardinals’ Great Hall. 7 Fall Clergy Convocation 8 Chimbote Dinner For planning purposes, please indicate your response by responding to the Clergy Office at 412-456-3060 or email at: [email protected] by Wednesday, May 27, 2015. December 21 Vicariate 1 Meeting October 9-11 Deacon Retreat 11-15 Priest Retreat 13 Priests in Transition (Group 4) 3 Advent Vesper Service 9 The Light is On For You May 2015 As we begin the month of May, it is a good time to clean off our desks and make room for new messes! Please check and see if you have given the following proper attention: Burial Cards. One of the responsibilities of the Vicar for Clergy Personnel is to coordinate funeral arrangements for a deceased priest. A great deal of the information needed to make the funeral arrangements is found on the burial card that is to be kept on file in the Clergy Office. A copy of the form is available in the new Priest Personnel Policy (Part VI, Appendix H, page 19.) Additionally, each priest should have on file a Will and both a Durable Power of Attorney and a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Advance Medical Directives. The Department for Canon and Civil Law Services will assist any priest in preparing these documents free of charge. You can contact them at 412-456-3135. Testimonials. Both priests and deacons who are traveling in the USA (outside the Diocese of Pittsburgh) need a Testimonial of Suitability/Letter of Good Standing. To obtain a Testimonial of Suitability, priests are encouraged to use the form on the diocesan web page http://diopitt.org/ webforms/request-letter-good-standing-testimonial-suitability-ministry-form and deacons are to call the Diaconate Office (412-456-3124). For priests, if you are navigating to the page yourself, you can find it by scrolling over “The Diocese” tab, selecting “Secretariats” and selecting “Secretariat for Clergy and Consecrated Life”. It is under “Important Forms”. Of course you can always call the Clergy Office (412456-3060), but it does help to complete the form online. SLI Connect. All priests and deacons are welcome to sign up to either participate in a live webinar or to view the webinars that are available from the St. Luke Institute. The webinars are designed for Catholic clergy, religious and lay leadership by experts in psychological and spiritual health. To access the webinars you need to set up an account: Go to www.sliconnect.org/register and enter this Group Access Code: 4960-1456 Create your account (a valid email address and phone number are required) Login to My Account with your username and password Assignments. If you would like to be considered for a transfer from your current assignment or are planning to retire, I ask that you write a letter to Bishop Zubik indicating your desire for a change. Parishes that will be open will be announced by email. Your letter to the Bishop will help the Clergy Personnel Board make recommendations to Bishop Zubik for assignment placements. Retreats. Space is still available for the upcoming priest retreats sponsored by the diocese at St. Paul Seminary. If you would like to register for either of these retreats, please contact the Department for Post-Ordination Formation at [email protected] or 412-456-3052. May 17 –22: Father James Flavin June 14-18: Father Thomas Hurst May 2015 † In your charity, please pray for the deceased clergy of our diocese. MAY 2 10 Rev. Anthony Siwiec (1932) Rev. John A. Breen (1935) Rev. Patrick Diskin (1938) Rev. Robert M. Murphy (1996) Rev. Joseph C. Fitzpatrick (1959) Rev. E. Charles Patterson (1990) 3 Rev. John H. Fennell (1949) Msgr. Edward J. Misklow (1964) 12 Rev. Cornelius E. Gildea (1994) 13 Rev. Herman Killmeyer (1950) Rev. John J. Lukasik (1981) Rev. James L. Armstrong (2012) Rev. Joseph E. Fronek (1974) 4 Rev. Augustus A. Wertenbach (1902) Rev. Francis I. Kuczynski (2002) Msgr. James A. Davin (1980) Deacon Gerard J. Wolf (1990) 14 Rev. Leo Chrzanowski (1944) Rev. William Vogt (1957) Rev. Thomas A. Lakomy (1992) Rev. Joseph G. Malinak (1997) 5 Rev. Francis Pikulski (1917) Rev. Joseph T. Byrne (1951) 15 Rev. Daniel J. O’Connell (1916) Msgr. Patrick W. Rice (1971) 6 Rev. Francis J. Coyle (1912) Rev. Ettore J. DeNapoli (1997) Rev. George A. Benton (1987) 16 7 8 Rev. Charles J. Steppling (1930) Rev. Patrick J. Quilter (1951) Rev. Nicola A. DeMita (1956) Rev. Philip J. Dougherty (1984) Rev. John B. Barry (1962) Rev. Walter A. Mahler (1989) Rev. George T. Leech (2006) Rev. Robert L. Mellot (2008) Msgr. William J. Maher (1991) 17 Rev. Raymond P. Froehlich (1997) 9 Rev. Joseph Galewski (1904) Rev. Anthony Vogel (1930) Rev. John C. Angel (1951) Rev. Francis P. King (1956) Rev. Harry E. Parsons (2011) Rev. Patrick Hesson (1914) Rev. Joseph F. Bauer (1951) 18 Msgr. Robert J. Gray (1968) Rev. Andrew J. Turlik (2003) † May 2015 19 Rev. Raymond Doherty (1984) 26 Rev. Patrick A. Dooley (1912) Rev. Peter Gottschall (1953) 20 Rev. Frederick J. Mansmann (1972) 21 Rev. George Allmann (1901) Rev. Harry R. Thieret (1961) 27 Rev. John T. Burns (1922) Msgr. Michael A. McGarey (1978) Rev. George W. Zirwas (2001) Rev. Joseph V. Sharp (1931) Rev. Anthony P. Scholz (1949) 28 Deacon J. Kenneth Munhall (1981) 29 Rev. George P. Seubert (1927) Rev. Ercole Dominicis (1959) Rev. Anthony J. Muszynski (1962) Msgr. Paul E. Campbell (1969) Rev. Henry C. Riley (1951) Rev. Edward A. Egler (1955) 22 23 Rev. John Marsalek (1937) Rev. Joseph L. Lonergan (1959) Rev. Regis M. Hudock (1983) Rev. Henry P. Gavigan (1972) Rev. Jose Mattam (1995) Rev. Dominic J. Olivieri (1995) Rev. Roger J. Doherty (1918) 30 Rev. Stanley C. Piekarski (1977) Rev. John A. Bober (1958) Rev. John F. Price (1986) Rev. Michael T. Gubanich (2001) 25 Rev. John Mertel (1939) Rev. Peter M. Schirra (2003) Rev. Robert D. A. Wilkey (1949) Rev. Daniel S. Rankin (1972) 31 Rev. Albin F. Moder (1937) Rev. Herman C. Baumann (1990) Rev. Leo M. Coleman (1938) Deacon Louis Gayso (1996) Rev. Peter J. McKenna (1939) Rev. Joseph Vrhunec (1952) Rev. Albert J. Marconyak (2001) O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life. In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by souls; they are needed for the work of redemption.
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