New pastor wants to see growth spurt in Jefferson Hills parish
By Brittany Goncar
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013, 12:30 a.m.
St. Thomas á Becket Church has a new pastor after 14 years of service from the Rev. Robert Seeman.
The Rev. Dan Maurer, 50, comes to the 1,450-family parish from SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Scott Township, where he had presided as pastor since 2009.
Maurer, a Whitehall native, is the fourth pastor to serve at St. Thomas á Becket in Jefferson Hills, which was established on June 3, 1957.
“The pastor I'm replacing did a great job of helping the parish to grow,” Maurer said. “He was the one who was here to build the church. That's what I want to continue.”
Maurer has been a priest for 16 years. He arrived at St. Thomas á Becket on July 1, and was appointed to the parish by Bishop David Zubik at the 10:15 a.m. Mass on July 7.
“The parish has a lot of potential to grow. There are a lot of young families and children that I would like see get involved in the parish,” Maurer said.
During his time with St. Thomas á Becket, Seeman oversaw the construction of a new church at 139 Gill Hall Road.
Groundbreaking was April 10, 2012, and the $8.2 million construction project was completed on Sept. 23. The former structure stood at 509 Gill Hall Road and never was meant to serve as the permanent location.
St. Thomas á Becket now has 750 seats.
“Over these years, we have faced many challenges and made what was only a dream to the founding families of St. Thomas á Becket become a dream fulfilled — the building of a new church,” Seeman said in his farewell letter to the parish.
Seeman will spend the balance of July traveling before taking his sabbatical at the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. Seeman will receive his reassignment in February 2014.
Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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