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Diocese of Greensburg
Diocese of Greensburg

Dioecesis Greensburgensis
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Blessed Sacrament Cathedral
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Coat of arms
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CountryUnited States
TerritoryArmstrong, Fayette, Indiana, and Westmoreland counties in Western Pennsylvania
Ecclesiastical provincePhiladelphia
MetropolitanCharles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Area3,334 sq mi (8,640 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2017)
141,041 (21.8%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedMarch 10, 1951
CathedralBlessed Sacrament Cathedral
Secular priests96
Current leadership
BishopEdward C. Malesic
Bishops emeritusLawrence Eugene Brandt
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Diocesan Pastoral Center in Greensburg

The Diocese of Greensburg is a Roman Catholic diocese centered in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, with 78 parishes in Armstrong, Fayette, Indiana, and Westmoreland counties in Western Pennsylvania in the United States. The diocese was founded on March 10, 1951. Edward C. Malesic was named its bishop on April 24, 2015.


Bishops of the diocese and their tenures of service:

Bishops of Greensburg

  1. Hugh L. Lamb (1951-1960)
  2. William G. Connare (1960-1987)
  3. Anthony G. Bosco (1987-2004)
  4. Lawrence E. Brandt (2004-2015)
  5. Edward C. Malesic (2015-present)

Auxiliary Bishops

Other priests of the diocese who became bishops

Parish directory

As of 2017, there are seventy-eight operating parishes within the Diocese of Greensburg; thirty-eight of these operate in a partnered configuration.[1] A diocesan strategic planning process began in 2006, which has resulted in closures of parishes and chapels, as well as partnering of parishes that have remained open, with the last of these changes occurring in 2013.[2]

Parish Name County Nearest Town
Ascension Westmoreland Jeannette
Blessed Sacrement Cathedral Westmoreland Greensburg
Christ the King Armstrong Leechburg
Christ, Prince of Peace Armstrong Ford City
Church of the Good Sheperd Indiana Kent
Church of the Resurrection Indiana 5 Sites:
Glen Campbell
Holy Cross Westmoreland Youngwood
Holy Family Westmoreland Latrobe
Holy Family Westmoreland Seward
Holy Family Westmoreland West Newton
Holy Trinity Westmoreland Ligonier
Immaculate Conception Fayette Connellsville
Immaculate Conception Westmoreland Irwin
Mother of Sorrows Westmoreland Murrysville
Mount Saint Peter Westmoreland New Kensington
Our Lady of Grace Westmoreland Greensburg
Our Lady of the Assumption Indiana 2 Sites
Our Lady, Queen of Peace Westmoreland East Vandergrift
Sacred Heart Westmoreland Jeannette
Sacred Heart Westmoreland Youngstown
Seven Dolors Westmoreland Yukon
Saints Cyril and Methodius Fayette Fairchance
Saints Simon and Jude Indiana Blairsville
Saint Agnes Westmoreland North Huntingdon Township
Saint Aloysius Fayette Dunbar
Saint Ambrose Westmoreland Avonmore
Saint Anne Westmoreland Rostraver Township
Saint Barbara Westmoreland Harrison City
Saint Bartholomew Westmoreland Crabtree
Saint Benedict Westmoreland Marguerite
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Indiana Indiana
Saint Bruno Westmoreland Greensburg
Saint Cecilia Fayette Grindstone
Saint Cecilia Westmoreland Whitney
Saint Edward Westmoreland Herminie
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Westmoreland North Huntingdon Township
Saint Florian Westmoreland United
Saint Francis Fayette 2 Sites:
Saint Gertrude Westmoreland Vandergrift
Saint Hubert Fayette Point Marion
Saint James Westmoreland New Alexandria
Saint James the Greater Armstrong Apollo
Saint Joan of Arc Fayette Farmington
Saint John the Baptist, de la salle Westmoreland Delmont
Saint John the Baptist Fayette Perryopolis
Saint John the Baptist Westmoreland Scottdale
Saint John the Evangelist Fayette Connellsville
Saint John the Evangelist Westmoreland Latrobe
Saint John the Evangelist Fayette Uniontown
Saint Joseph Westmoreland Derry
Saint Joseph Fayette Everson
Saint Joseph Westmoreland New Kensington
St. Joseph Fayette Uniontown
Saint Lawrence Armstrong Cadogan
Saint Margret Mary Westmoreland Lower Burrell
Saint Martin Westmoreland New Derry
Saint Mary (Nativity) Fayette Uniontown
Saint Mary of Czestochowa Westmoreland New Kensington
Saint Mary Westmoreland Freeport
Saint Mary, Mother of God Armstrong Yatesboro
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Armstrong Kittanning
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes Westmoreland Export
Saint Matthew Indiana Saltsburg
Saint Patrick Armstrong Brady's Bend
Saint Paul Westmoreland Greensburg
Saint Peter Fayette Brownsville
Saint Pius X Westmoreland Mount Pleasant
Saint Raymond of the Mountains Westmoreland Donegal
Saint Regis Westmoreland Trafford
Saint Rita Fayette Connellsville
Saint Rose Westmoreland Latrobe
Saint Sebastian Westmoreland Belle Vernon
Saint Sylvester Westmoreland Slickville
Saint Terese, Little Flower of Jesus Fayette Uniontown
Saint Thomas More University Parish Indiana Indiana
Saint Vincent Basilica Westmoreland Latrobe
The Epiphany of Our Lord Westmoreland Monessen
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Westmoreland Mount Pleasant



There are 18 educational facilities spread throughout the geographical terrain of the diocesan limits. There are 2 junior-senior high schools, 12 diocesan elementary schools and 3 non-diocesan Catholic schools[4]

High schools

Diocesan elementary schools

School Name County Nearest Town
Aquinas Academy Westmoreland Greensburg
Christ, the Divine Teacher Westmoreland Latrobe
Conn-Area Catholic* Fayette Connellsville
Divine Redeemer Armstrong Ford City
Mary, Queen of Apostles Westmoreland New Kensington
Mother of Sorrows Westmoreland Murrysville
Queen of Angels Westmoreland North Huntingdon Township
Saint Bernard Indiana Indiana
Saint John the Evangelist Regional* Fayette Uniontown
Saint Sebastian Westmoreland Belle Vernon
The Cardinal Maida Academy Westmoreland Vandergrift

* - denotes school only operates up to Grade 6, Grades 7-8 attend Geibel Catholic High School, if they wish.

Non-diocesan facilities

There are three non-diocesan facilities under the Educational Office.

Grand jury investigation of clergy sex abuse, and diocese's response

In early 2016, a grand jury investigation, led by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, began an inquiry into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in six Pennsylvania dioceses: Greensburg, Allentown, Scranton, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Erie.[8] The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were not included, as they had been the subjects of earlier investigations.[8]

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, in 2017 the Diocese of Harrisburg and the Diocese of Greensburg attempted to shut down the grand jury investigation.[9][10]

On July 27, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered that a redacted copy of the grand jury report be released to the public; this release occurred in August 2018.[11][10]

On July 31, 2018, John T. Sweeney, a former priest in the Diocese of Greenburg, pleaded guilty to molesting a 4th grade boy at some point between September 1991 and June 1992.[12] Immediately following Sweeney's plea, the Diocese of Greensburg made a statement pledging future cooperation.[13] In the statement, which was reported by Crux on August 4,[13] the Diocese of Greensburg agreed to continue educating "both children and adults in parishes and schools of the Diocese of Greensburg on how to spot and report suspected abuse."[13] The Diocese also agreed to recommend reporting incidents of sexual abuse to the PA ChildLine and report any alleged incident of sexual abuse to "PA Childline and the appropriate district attorney."[13]

On August 9, 2018, Greensburg Bishop Edward Malesic issued an apology on behalf the Diocese, acknowledged there were numerous reports of sex abuse of children between the 1950s and 1980s, and announced that the Diocese would release the names of the accused clergy when the grand jury report is published.[14][15][16] The grand jury report was published on August 14, 2018 and showed that of the 301 priests accused of sexual abuse in the six dioceses, only 20 clergy were from the Diocese of Greensburg.[17] The report also showed that one of the accused in the Diocese of Greensburg also impregnated a 17 year old girl.[17] The priest then covered up the pregnancy by marrying the girl after forging the head pastor's name on a marriage certificate and then filing for divorce months later.[17] Despite fathering a child with a minor and being married and divorced, the priest still remained in the ministry.[17]

On December 21, 2018, Sweeney was given a 11 1/2 month to 5 year prison sentence, which he immediately began serving.[18]

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-23. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.dioceseofgreensburg.org/Pages/parishrestructuring.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.dioceseofgreensburg.org/parishes/pages/parishinformationdirectory.aspx?id=C01
  4. ^ Schools Retrieved 07-23-2015
  5. ^ Clelian Heights Retrieved 12-10-2010
  6. ^ E.S. Montessori Mission Page Retrieved 12-10-2010
  7. ^ Verna Montessori School Mission - Retrieved 12-10-2010
  8. ^ a b Couloumbis, Angela (June 17, 2018). "Pa. report to document child sexual abuse, cover-ups in six Catholic dioceses". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Smith, Peter; Navratil, Liz; Couloumbis, Angela (June 29, 2018). "Two Pa. dioceses tried to block grand jury probe into clergy sex abuse, documents show". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ a b Navratil, Liz; Smith, Peter (August 1, 2018). "Harrisburg Diocese releases names of accused priests, removes bishops' names from buildings". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ Couloumbis, Angela; Navratil, Liz (July 27, 2018). "Pa. Supreme Court: Release redacted report that names more than 300 'predator priests'". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/07/31/retired-greensburg-diocese-priest-pleads-guilty-child-sex-assault/
  13. ^ a b c d https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2018/08/04/greensburg-diocese-stands-ready-help-to-abuse-survivors-in-their-healing/
  14. ^ https://www.wtae.com/article/catholic-diocese-of-greensburg-releases-report-including-apology-for-past-failures/22685655
  15. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/08/09/Greensburg-diocese-Catholic-priests-sexual-abuse-grand-jury-report/stories/201808090121
  16. ^ https://www.wtae.com/article/catholic-diocese-of-greensburg-releases-report-including-apology-for-past-failures/22685655
  17. ^ a b c d https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/08/greensburg_diocese_grand_jury.html
  18. ^ https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/retired-priest-sentenced-to-prison-for-abusing-10-year-old-boy/892423115

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