Who We Are

Byzantine Catholics

We are Byzantine Catholics in full communion with the Pope of Rome whom we recognize as the visible Head of the Catholic Church. We are recognized as being 'Catholic' by the Catholic Church of Rome and by Catholic Bishops throughout the world.

We are not Roman Catholic; we are members of the Byzantine Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh. As Catholics, whether Roman Catholic, Byzantine Catholic, or a member of one of the other churches comprising the communion of Catholic Churches, we can attend each others churches and receive the sacraments, or mysteries, including Holy Communion, in those churches.

We are not Orthodox, although many of our traditions follow those of the Greek Orthodox Church, headed by the Patriarch of Constantinople.

Owing to our Eastern European heritage, we follow the Byzantine Rite of traditions in celebrating the sacraments rather than the Latin or one of the other Rites in use within the Church.