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Photo feature: Old St. Patrick’s, Pittsburgh

By coincidence, my travels this month have allowed me to revisit two historic St. Patrick’s churches. Here’s my earlier photo feature on St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

My August essay, “An Irish … American … Catholic … tragedy“, mentioned that the Ancient Order of Hibernians would dedicate a new outdoor statute of Ireland’s patron saint at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Pittsburgh, the oldest parish in my home city. The dedication happened 13 October 2018.

For years, AOH Division 9 of Allegheny County has collected and spent tens of thousands of dollars and many volunteer hours to repair the 1936 church and maintain the beautiful landscaping of the front Monastery Garden, a green oasis in the city’s gritty warehouse district. The new statue replaced one that was badly aged, moved inside for now.

More work remains to done at Old St. Patrick’s, and Division 9 has a new mission: prepare the church for the 2022 opening of the AOH’s national convention in Pittsburgh. If you can help, contact the group.

The new St. Patrick statue was dedicated Oct. 13, 2018.

About 50 people extended their hands in blessing.

The old statue of St. Patrick has been moved inside the church.

The new statue.

Old St. Patrick Church, Pittsburgh

I visited my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa., and was fortunate to have enough time to visit Old St. Patrick Church, my favorite Catholic shrine and place of prayer.

Here’s a previously published blog I wrote about this sacred space.

I don’t get to visit Old St. Patrick’s every trip to Pittsburgh. But I put myself there frequently during my meditative time. The church door and garden gate are never locked.

Below are three images from my latest visit. Note the green sanctuary lamp over the altar and green harp to the left of the tabernacle.