Archbishop William Skurla was installed as the new metropolitan of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh today, pledging to lead a revival of faith.
"We have to inspire our young and revitalize our leaders to give their lives unconditionally to serve the Lord, the savior Jesus Christ. No matter how the world changes in the future, we will find a way to bring our young people and those who have gone astray to renewed faith," he told hundreds of clergy and laity in the Cathedral of John the Baptist in Munhall.
Archbishop William, 55, has already been bishop of two smaller Byzantine Catholic Eparchies, in Phoenix, Ariz. and Passaic, N.J. He succeeds Metropolitan Basil Schott, who died in June 2010, as head of the only self-governing Eastern Catholic Church in America.
Eastern Catholic Churches are in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church but their liturgy and practices closely resemble those of the Orthodox churches.
Archbishop William is now the head of all of the Byzantine Catholics in the United States, but his immediate archeparchy -- archdiocese -- includes 58,000 parishioners in seven states stretching from Pennsylvania to Texas.