Biography of Rev. John Sutkaitis
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

REV. JOHN SUTKAITIS, pastor of St. Casimir's church, South Side, Pittsburg, Pa., was born in Lithuania province, Russia, May 1, 1870. His father, Anthony Sutkaitis, was also a native of Lithuania. Mr. Sutkaitis was educated in various institutions. His early training was in the State college at Suvalki, finishing the course at this school when he was but eighteen years of age. He spent four years in the Catholic seminary, and at the age of twenty two he came to America, landing at New York, Jan. 22, 1892. From New York he came to Pittsburg, where he attended St. Vincent's college for one year, and, on June 16, 1893, he was ordained to the priesthood. Soon after his ordination he was placed in charge of St. Casimir's parish, and was given the cluty of organizing it. He began his work in the basement of St. Paul's cathedral, and remained there until Jan. 6, 1894, when the congregation bought the Methodist Episcopal building on Carson street, between Sixth and Seventh streets. At that time the congregation numbered about seventy five families. It soon grew to such proportions that the church on Carson street had to be abandoned, and a new location was found on the corner of Sarah and Twenty second streets. The property was purchased from the South Side passenger railway company, and work upon the new buildings was begun in 1901. Within a year a new church, school and parish house were erected, at a cost of $150,000, and the congregation moved into its new quarters, which are among the finest on the South Side. The congregation numbers at the present time about 5,000 souls, and in the work of organizing and building up this parish, Father Sutkaitis has demonstrated his executive ability and fitness for his divine calling. He has worked hard, but he has seen his labors crowned with success, and he feels a just pride in the results that he has accomplished.


From:
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.


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