Monday, May 02, 2016 - Updated: 5:00 am
As he reflects on 60 years in the priesthood, Father Michael MacVeigh recalls he was certain that he wanted to be a priest to work on God’s behalf.
Father MacVeigh was born on May 31, 1930, in Pittsburgh, and attended St. Rosalia School in the city’s Greenfield neighborhood. He attended Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. He earned a bachelor’s degree at St. Vincent College in Latrobe in 1952.
He was ordained on May 26, 1956, by Bishop John Dearden at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. He celebrated his first Mass at St. Rosalia Church.
Father MacVeigh’s first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Canice in Pittsburgh’s Knoxville neighborhood from June 1956 to May 1961. From May 1961 to October 1966, he served as parochial at St. Joseph in New Brighton and later from October 1966 to June 1971 at St. Kieran.
"It was important to me to share with people God’s love and my most meaningful purpose as a priest was to be able to be communicating and showing that love to the people and parishes I served," he said.
Father MacVeigh was named pastor of St. Luke in Carnegie and served the faithful for more than two decades from June 1971 to October 1992.
He was named administrator of St. Norbert, in Pittsburgh’s Overbrook neighborhood (October 1992 to January 1994). Later he was named its pastor and served the faith community until June 2005. Father MacVeigh was also a member of the Priests Benefit Plan Board.
To those considering a vocation, Father MacVeigh’s advice is to be very prayerful and open to inspirations from God. "Be aware of the joys of priesthood but also to recognize the limitation and sacrifices of living life without the benefits of marriage and children; to know what you’re giving up, but also what you’re gaining in its place."
Father MacVeigh retired from active ministry in June 2005.
"In retirement, people continue to see you as a priest and to rely on the support and care they need from their priests. So even though I have been retired for over 10 years, I continue to minister to the individuals in my world, to share God’s love in my daily interactions," he said. Father MacVeigh continues to enjoy helping occasionally in more formal diocesan functions. Details for Father MacVeigh’s jubilee celebration can be found on a facebook group, www.facebook.com/groups/FrMacVeigh60thJubilee/. Or he can be reached via email, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.