Names making news:

The Rev. Canon Dr. Catherine M. Brall is now Canon Missioner for the diocese. Bishop McConnell named her to this post to provide parishes with a resource to help them identify their potential for growth, answer real needs in their communities, and train leaders who will carry forward a new sense of mission. Since starting this work in early September, she has already begun assisting several congregations with these goals and can be reached at

With this appointment, Canon Brall concludes her service as Provost at Trinity Cathedral, where the Rev. Timothy V. Hushion assumes the duties of Priest-in-Charge.

The Rev. Eric McIntosh becomes Deacon-in-Charge at St. James, Penn Hills. He was recently named a 2013 Fellow by the Episcopal Church Foundation, an honor which recognizes and supports emerging leaders in the church.

The Rev. Frank Yesko takes over as Deacon-in-Charge at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Brackenridge, where the Rev. Kamila Blessing is retiring. He has been working alongside her in successfully revitalizing the parish.

Dr. Diane Duntley of Christ Church, Indiana, is now diocesan coordinator for Episcopal Relief & Development. She replaces Judy Rosensteel, of All Souls, North Versailles, who has chosen to step down.

Vanessa Sterling now coordinates the diocesan Education for Ministry (EfM) theology studies, replacing Ruth Fowler, who has chosen to step down. Both attend Calvary Church.

Dr. Joan Gundersen and the Rev. Howard Gillette have been appointed as disaster planning coordinators for the diocese. More information will be forthcoming about how they will be working with parishes to create disaster preparedness plans.

Prayers and appreciation are offered for all as they take on new ventures or conclude their generous service.

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