Rev. Alexander Pitass
1911 - 1921
Birth: February 20, 1875 in Piekarach na Slazku, Siliesia
Death: July 30, 1944
Rev. Alexander Pitass, a well known pastor of St. Stanislaus Parish in Buffalo, New York, was born in Piekarach na Slazku, Siliesia. He was the son of Nicholas and Julia Letocha Pitass. He was educated in Poland as a youth, and came to the United States in 1893, entering St Francis Seminary near Milwaukee Wisconson. He remained there until 1898 and then completed studies for the priesthood at the Polish College in Rome, Italy, and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, New York, in October 28, 1903.
When he returned to the United States, he was appointed assistant pastor of St. Stanislaus parish in Buffalo. His pastor was the founding pastor of the parish and his uncle, Rev. John Pitass. In 1900, he was made pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Niagara Falls and, upon the death of his uncle in 1914, was appointed to succeed his uncle at St. Stanislaus.
Msgr Pitass was Officialis of the Diocese, a diocesan trustee, synodal examiner and a member of the board of Directors of the Diocesan Paper, the Union and Echo. In addition, he was president of the Polish Clergymen's Associaton, and often headed delegations of Buffalo priests to national meetings of the Polish Clergy. He was the recipient of many awards for his work.
Msgr. Pitass was active in supporting the cause of a free and restored Poland after both World Wars. His brother, Rev. Peter Pitass was also a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo.