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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Message from Bishop Zubik
A Message from Bishop Zubik

Office of the Bishop

                                                                                    July 28-29, 2012


My dear parishioners of Saint James Parish:


I know that it has been a difficult and uncertain time for you after Father Valentine took a personal leave of absence at the end of May. Thank you so much for your patience.


I wanted to write to you this weekend to inform you of how we are now proceeding together. While continuing to respect Father Valentine’s privacy, I can tell you that the District Attorney’s office has just informed the Diocese that no charges against Father Valentine will be filed concerning any of the issues that arose in May.


This has been a very difficult time for Father Valentine. He believes – and I share that conviction – that he needs time now to find some peace in his life and to address a number of personal issues as he remains on his leave of absence. For those reasons, he has submitted his resignation as your pastor which is effective August 15th. On the evening of August 15th Father Valentine will be here to celebrate the 7:00 pm. Mass for you and I will join him.    


Knowing the uncertainty that you have felt during this time, I am happy to announce that you will have a new pastor effective August 27th. He is Father Thomas Burke, currently pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Braddock. Ordained in 2001, Father Burke is a young but experienced pastor. I know that you will welcome him, appreciate the gifts he will bring to Saint James, and come to love him.


Throughout this difficult time, Father Valentine has given his full and unqualified cooperation in the investigation of these issues. He has also constantly shown his deep love for Saint James Parish. His concern for you has been paramount in his thoughts and actions. Please keep Father Valentine in your prayers as you will most assuredly remain in his.


I am sure you will join me in thanking Bishop Winter and Father Sam Esposito who have been so generous in assisting Saint James Parish during this time. Their priestly and pastoral ministry is an extraordinary blessing to all of us.


Please respect and honor Father Valentine’s decision as you prepare to welcome your new pastor. I look forward so much to being with you and praying with you on August 15th.


God bless you all. And please remember to be ever grateful that “Nothing Is Impossible with God!”


Your brother in Christ,

Most Reverent David A. Zubik, DD

Bishop of Pittsburgh