A History of the Tridentine Mass in the Diocese of Pittsburgh

on the Celebration of the Tenth Anniversary

of the Implementation of Ecclesia Dei

by Bishop Donald Wuerl on June 11, 1989

In June of 1999, the Latin Mass Community at St. Boniface Church of Holy Wisdom Parish in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA celebrated a happy milestone - the tenth anniversary of Bishop Donald Wuerl's implementation of the Ecclesia Dei indult.

For that anniversary, the following history booklet was produced. Post Decem Annos ("After Ten Years") briefly recounts the growth of the Traditional Latin Mass Community in Pittsburgh during the previous decade, as well as the history of the local struggle to preserve the Old Latin Mass in the years between 1970 and 1988.


Father Dougherty's 10th Anniversary Letter

Chapter 1: Change and Resistance (1970 to 1988)

Chapter 2: In the Beginning (1989)

Chapter 3: The Days of Saint Agnes (1990 to 1994)

Chapter 4: A Home at St. Boniface (1994 to 1999)

St. John XXIII Parish website

Download the booklet as a PDF (22 pgs, 10.7 MB)

All Rights Reserved. History text copyright©1999 by William Redic. Photos copyright © by the individuals credited below. Opinions expressed in the text are those of the author or the individuals quoted, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Holy Wisdom Latin Mass Community, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Inc.; Holy Wisdom Parish; its pastor, or the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Photo credits: Charles Heidenreich: Our Lady of Fatima exterior, Fr. Leo Friedricks. Cardell Studios/Spectrum: Bishop McDowell Mass. Dr. Joseph Beierle: St. Agnes exterior, St. Agnes Holy Thursday Mass, Fr. Murphy and servers at steps, Fr. James Reiter, Fr. Arnaud Devillers, FSSP, Fr. Angelus Shaughnessy, Fr. Kenneth Myers, Christmas Solemn High Mass 1992, statue of St. Agnes above altar, Fr. Dougherty with Michael Davies, Fr. Marcel Pasiecznik, Rev. Mr. Ralph Ruggiero. Joe Gazarik: Fr. Dougherty (end of Chapter 3). Photos of Father Keane are reproduced from his self-published book of sermons and news clippings. All other photos by Bill Redic.