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Rev. Peter Pitass



Birth:  April 29, 1863 Poland
Death:  December 27, 1943 Buffalo, NY

Rev. Peter Pitass was ordained a priest on June 24, 1892 and was the chaplain of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Home in Cheektowaga, New York.


In the Autumn of 1901, Fr. Pitass was approached by Jacob and Agnes Pasek, Jacob Kaszyca and Szczepan Ciesielski to organize a new parish in Niagara Falls.


On September 27, 1901, the group met at Jacob Pasek's Hall, located on the corner of 13th and Falls Streets, to create the first Polish Society:

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church Society of Niagara Falls, NY


Rev. Peter Pitass was appointed by Bishop James Quigley as the first pastor of Holy Trinity R. C. Church.  Under Rev. Pitass' guidance, during the coldest winter of the time, a small wooden church was built on a leased lot owned by Joseph Stec located at 12th and Falls Street. Shortly after the church opened, there were misunderstandings about finances among the trustees, the committees and   Rev. Peter Pitass. When no agreement could be reached and complaints about the financial discrepancies reached Bishop Quigley's attention, Rev. Peter Pitass was transferred by the end of July 1902.




Pastor of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul Church, Buffalo, NY 1909-1926

Brother was Msgr. Alexander Pitass and Uncle was Rev. John Pitass, first Pastor of St. Stanislaus, Buffalo, NY

Sources:, History of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church by Helene Suszcynski and\priestbiography  

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