Rector’s Welcome

Rector’s Welcome


Glory to Jesus Christ!

I’m pleased to welcome you to a virtual visit of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss. Cyril and Methodius. We are an Eastern Catholic Community of Formation, discerning and nurturing the gift of vocation granted by the Holy Spirit to those men called to ordained ministry. We are also a Theological Center of Learning, handing-on the Tradition of the Christian East.

Animated by the all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, Who proceeds from the Almighty Father through the Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, we live a life of labor, study, prayer, and joy. Our seminarians, M.A.T. students, staff, faculty, and all others who share in our life are united in their fervent commitment to make manifest the Kingdom of God on earth.

If your interest in the pages of this website leads you to a personal visit to the Seminary, we would be thrilled. Visitors are welcome at our divine services in the chapel, to private prayer in the chapel, to study in our library, or to meet with our staff.

We welcome non-matriculating and auditing students to most of our on-campus classes, and our virtual community extends the Seminary experience to those who are unable to physically join us, but still wish to continue to expand their understanding of theology.

Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or simply to be in touch. I may be reached at rector@bcs.edu or 412-321-8383 x11.

As we continue in our effort to form future leaders for the Church, we ask for your prayerful support and encouragement.

Fr. Robert M. Pipta


About Father Robert

Father Robert Pipta, a priest of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix, was born in April of 1967 in Anaheim, California. Being raised in Southern California, he attended public schools there and completed a Bachelor of Arts program in Music at the University of California, Irvine in 1990.

Father Robert was a member of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Anaheim from shortly after its founding in 1969. He was formed for the priesthood at Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from September of 1990 until his ordination on April 21st, 1994.

Father Robert served Saint Stephen Pro-Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona as parochial vicar from May of 1994 until August of 1997. He then served as administrator of Saint Gabriel the Archangel Church in Las Vegas, Nevada until February of 2004. He served as the pastor of Holy Angels Church in San Diego, California until April of 2014.

Father Robert serves on the Intereparchial Liturgy Commission, and had served as Eparchial Vocations Director for over nineteen years.

Regarding his hobbies, Father enjoys listening to, playing, and singing various types of music as well as studying up on the history and physics of manned space travel.


Click HERE to read Fr. Pipta’s Curriculum Vitae