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Parishioners appeal closing of St. John Vianney Church


On February 2 The St. George Church Preservation Society, a group of parishioners from the parish, started an appeal against the decree to close St. John Vianney Church, formerly St. George Church, on April 3.

The parishioners do not intend to appeal the closing of the parish.

This appeal process involves several steps, starting at the Diocese of the City of Pittsburgh, then to the Vatican with the Congregation for the Clergy, and then to the Apostolic Signatura. The parishioners are prepare to take their appeals as far as they have to and have been in contact with canon lawyers in Rome who are prepared to represent them.

Over the next few weeks, The Preservation Society is planning another “Town Hall” meeting to answer questions and provide additional information.

A GoFundMe fundraising campaign has been set up at:

In the fall of 2015, when it was announced there was a plan to close the church, a group of parishioners formed the St. George Church Preservation Society (SGCPS) with the stated mission to protect and preserve the 105 year old cathedral style Catholic Church.

Learn more about the SGCPS at or


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