In 1808, Rev. William F.X. O'Brien was assigned to Pittsburgh to establish a parish. At this time only about 20 Catholic families lived in the city. That year he laid the cornerstone for the new church, although the church was not dedicated until August of 1811. Even then...
The Holy Stairs
The Holy Stairs represent the twenty-eight steps between Christ and Pilate when Pilate said, "Behold the Man" (Ecce Homo) and condemned Him to death. The original Holy Stairs were taken from Jerusalem to Rome in the 4th Century by order of St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, and are now...
FATHER JAMES R COX
In the 1920's, one of Saint Patrick’s priests, Father James R. Cox, worked tirelessly to help his parish "live their faith." In the 1920's Father James R. Cox broadcast Mass over WJAS radio from Old St. Patrick's Church in the Strip District. According to accounts...