St. Paul of the Cross Monastery
148 Monastery Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Phone (412) 381-1188 Fax (412) 481-5049
"During my teen years, my life could have taken many paths. In my confusion I questioned the
existence of God and asked Him to reveal Himself to me. Over the next few years I continued to
offer myself to Him and after I began visiting St. Paul’s, he revealed himself to me in a dream,
and since then, my life has changed.My family and I have been blessed beyond our wildest imaginations,
and I am forever grateful to St. Paul’sand the wonderful people there, for showing me the way."
"I thank our Father for the availability of St.Paul’s, especially at this time in my life."
"Without the help of the food bank, I would no tbe able to feed my family. The love and support
that comes out of this place can’t be found anywhere else, and I am forever thankful that there are
people willing to help others put foodon the table when times are tough."
"I am grateful for the courage You have given me to come to St. Paul’s and heal my pain from the
past. Thank You for life, for the struggles, and for showing me how to live with them. Thank you for the grace
to stay sober, and for blessing all of the people in recovery. Thank you for the retreat and all of the friends
I have made."
"This is the first retreat I have attended at St. Paul’sand I have already been touched by
Your presence.In the chapel, I saw the strongest of strong men bow their heads and ask for Your
forgiveness. Thank you for Your forgiveness of my sins. The retreat could not have come at a better time
in my life. I was lonely and now I am filled with your presence. There is an aura that stems from St. Paul’s,
the staff, and the people that come here, they are the warmest people I have met in a long time."
"The weekly Novena brought me great comfort when my mother was sick, and talking with the Passionists helped me
to ease my pain once she went home to be with God. I want to thank the Passionists for holding the Novena, and for
providing the nurturing environment that helped me to heal."
"Thank you, St. Paul’s for aiding in my relationship with God. Through Him, I have
experienced many changes inthe past year and I am finally able to see the good in life.Thank you, most of all,
for the gift of sobriety. Now, I am able to be grateful for so much that I took advantage of my entire life.
Thank you for my family, my health, my job,and my relationship with You and others. Through You, I was led
to my loving wife, who has acted through You as an instrument of my sobriety. She is the greatest gift You
have given me, and for that I am forever grateful to Youand St. Paul’s."
"I come to St. Paul’s in search of love, and I am never disappointed. Thank you Jesus for this holy place and these holy people."
Many of you have never set foot in St. Paul of the Cross Monastery Church in South Side, Pittsburgh. Originally constructed in 1859, it is built of brick in the Romanesque style that offers a warm, traditional place in which to pray and celebrate Eucharist. Over the years, various improvements were made to the Church: a new façade was added in 1886, and the first stained glass windows were installed the following year. About the same time, the original slate altar was replaced by a marble one, and a pipe organ was added.
An oil painting of St. Paul of the Cross hangs beneath the rose window. The Vatican gave the painting to St. Paul’s in 1872. In 1919 a stunning rose window with deep tones of azure and ruby was designed and installed by George Sutter in the style of medieval jeweled glass found at the Cathedral of Rheims in Paris. Murals grace the ceiling depicting scenes from the life of St. Paul of the Cross and other Passionist saints. All of this is a splendid reflection of 19th and early 20th Century Church art.
In 1981 the Monastery Church was designated as a landmark building in the city of Pittsburgh. In recent years foundation grants have allowed us to replace the roof and repair and paint the exterior of the Church. At this juncture of our history our beloved Church is in need of upgrading and renovation to better serve the needs of our people. Projects have been identified and preliminary estimates are in the range of $2 million for these improvements.
The major projects that we will address are:
- External repair of water leaks.
- Electrical rewiring, new control panel, retrofit chandeliers.
- Plaster and paint interior of Church.
- Replace wood floors under pews and replace pews.
- New marble floor at front of Church.
- Relocate heating and ventilators.
- Sound system upgrade.
- Sanctuary improvements with new altar, ambo and crucifix.
- ADA restroom.
- Cemetery improvements.
- Air conditioning
The Passionists are inviting our friends to make a pledge or donation to the work that will be done in the coming year. Can you help us? Please share our cause with your family and friends. You may make online donations using a variety of credit or debit cards at our secure website. Thank you for your love and support for this most worthy cause at St. Paul. You may browse our website to learn more about the Passionists at St. Paul.
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Voices of Support
Saint Paul of the Cross Apostolic Center carries out its mission to "keep the passion of Jesus Christ always in our hearts" by touching thousands of lives each year through the Retreat Center, Church, Substance Abuse Programs, Food Bank and weekly Novena. Over the years, individuals have expressed gratitude for the love that the Passionists give to others.
Message by Fr. Mark Ward, CP, Rector.
I am so pleased to welcome your interest in and support for Saint Paul of the Cross Monastery in Pittsburgh, PA. Established in 1853, Saint Paul of the Cross Monastery was the first Passionist community in North America. Today, one hundred and sixty-five years after our founders established our community and Church on the South Side Slopes overlooking Pittsburgh, we are still serving the people of Western Pennsylvania and visitors from other states through our various ministries. As our Mission states, we are committed to proclaiming the love of Jesus Crucified for all people, and we are dedicated to helping others grow closer to Jesus on their personal spiritual journey. Through our Monastery Church, Retreat Center, and food bank, and through our ministries of preaching, spiritual direction, reconciliation, and assistance to those in recovery, we reach out to individuals in all walks of life.
As we look ahead to the future of our mission in Pittsburgh, we must ensure that our ministries and our facilities continue to meet the changing needs of those we serve. Thus we are embarking upon a fundraising project to upgrade our Monastery Church. So we come to you for help. Your generous support will enable us to carry forward our mission, and ensure that those who rely on our various ministries will always be able to look toward the Monastery on the hill as a place of spiritual growth, reconciliation, healing, and peace. Thank you and may God bless you.
Fr. Mark Ward, CP Rector
Facts About St. Paul of the Cross
• Established in 1852, the oldest Passionist Community in North America
• Monastery serves as residence to 12 Passionists
• Monastery Church, dedicated in 1859, serves the faithful who participate in Eucharistic Celebrations, Monday Novena Services, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
• Active lay involvement: Passionist Associates and lay men and women work together with the Passionist Community
• Serves more than 3,500 people annually through its various ministries
• Retreat Center opened 1921
• Only Retreat Center to offer parish-based retreats
• Provides a silent retreat, guided weekend retreat for men and women, and private retreats
• Offers diverse programs and workshops on issues related to personal and spiritual growth
• Provides retreats for those in recovering from substance abuse
• Financially stable: not subsidized by the Passionist Province or the Diocese of Pittsburgh