Department for Post-Ordination Formation

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Very Rev. Joseph M. Mele, VE, PhD, Director
Deacon Stephen Byers, Diaconate Formation Director
Lori A. Rectenwald, Administrative Assistant
Amy S. Hirsh, Secretary, Deacon Formation Program
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Saint Paul Seminary:

2900 Noblestown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4227
Phone: (412) 456-3048
Fax: (412) 456-3187

Upcoming Clergy Convocations


Spring Clergy Convocation

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

O'Connor Hall, Saint Paul Seminary

Theme: Leading the Church in Her Evangelizing Mission


It's not too early to save the date!  The next Triennial Priest Convocation will be held on:

September 19-22, 2016

Oglebay Resort and Conference Center

Wheeling, West Virginia

Theme: Leading with Confidence in This Time of Transition



Clergy Continuing Education Workshops

Visit the Office for the Continuing Education of Clergy web page for information on upcoming continuing education workshops for clergy.

Upcoming Priest Retreats


May 15-19, 2016 at Saint Paul Seminary

     Retreat Master: Father Patrick Carrion


June 19-23, 2016 at Saint Paul Seminary

     Retreat Master: Father James Sullivan, O.P.

(Please note that due to the priesthood ordination retreat running concurrently with the priests retreat, no first floor rooms will be available at Saint Paul Seminary for the June retreat.)

October 23-27, 2016 at Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center

     Retreat Master: Father Vincent Fortunato, OFM Cap.


To register for a diocesan retreat, contact the Department for Post-Ordination Formation at 412-456-3052 or