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New Salem, Pennsylvania

Holy Trinity Church

Founded 1914

Diocese: Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania

Deanery: Southwest Deanery


91 S Mill St
New Salem, Pennsylvania 15468

Church: 724-245-7238

Parish Contacts

Home: 724-245-9251


General Location
Holy Trinity Church is located in New Salem, in southwestern Pennsylvania.  New Salem is approximately one hour south of Pittsburgh and forty-five minutes northeast of Morgantown, WV.

From the North and West
Follow Rt 40 East into Uniontown.  At the first traffic light in Uniontown, (see sign for Holy Trinity Orthodox Church) make a right onto New Salem Rd.  Continue on New Salem Rd for approximately 6 miles.  In the village of New Salem turn left onto South Mill St.  The church is at the bottom of the hill, on the right.

From Route 21
Between Uniontown and Masontown there will be signs to Footedale and Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.  Follow the road through Footedale and the Church is on the left approximately 3 miles from Route 21.

Schedule of Services

4:00 PM Great Vespers and Confessions.
Saturday Evening

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday Morning

6:00 PM Adult Education on the Orthodox Faith.
Wednesday Evening

6:00 PM Great Vespers with Litiya.
Eves of Great Feasts

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts

6:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
Wednesday Evenings in Great Lent

9:00 AM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
Friday Mornings in Great Lent

6:00 PM Akathist.
Friday Evenings in Great Lent

Confessions are heard before or after Vespers or by appointment.

Please call the rectory (724-245-9251) for a schedule of other services or to arrange for Baptisms, Marriages, Memorial Services, etc.

Note:  Holy Trinity Church follows the Julian (Old) Calendar.

Parish Background

Founded in 1914 by immigrants from the Carpatho Mountains in what is present-day Hungary, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Salem is continuing to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Orthodox Faith to its parishoners and to the surrounding communities of the Uniontown, PA area.  The parish is part of the Orthodox Church in America and is locally a part of the Archiocese of Pittsburgh and Western PA under the leadership of His Eminence, Archbishop KYRILL.

In 1913, a petition by 209 persons was sent to Archbishop Platon asking that they be permitted to build an Orthodox Church in New Salem.  Their request was granted on November 18, 1913 and the Reverend Alexander Alechin was assigned as the first parish priest.  The church property was purchased on December 3, 1913 and in that same year a church hall was built to hold services until a house of worship could be completed.  On September 14, 1914 construction began on the church and the first Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Bishop Alexander on August 20, 1915.

Since 1914 there have been 14 priests to serve the faithful of Holy Trinity Church.  The present pastor, Rev. Vitaly Dudkin, was assigned on December 1, 2000.

The challenge now at hand for the faithful of Holy Trinity is to continue the labors of those founding fathers and pastors, who so diligently fulfilled the words of Christ:  “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father, which is in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:16).

To that end, many activities take place at the Church beyond the worship services.  At the beginning of Great Lent and the Nativity Fast there are Pre-Lenten dinners.  The parish has taken pilgrimages to points of interest in the United States.  Trips so far have been to St Tikhon’s Seminary and Monastery, St Vladimir’s Seminary, the Chancery of the OCA, Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI, and to the Vatra—the administrative headquarters of the Romanian Episcopate in Grass Lake, MI.  More trips are already in the planning stages.  Hospital and nursing home visitations are encouraged by the pastor.  The parish also sponsors a food drive for the local Food Bank and is involved in other community service projects.  The parish offers Sunday School for its youth and an Adult Orthodox Education for those parishioners over 18 years of age.

The parish has an annual picnic and hosts Lenten Mission services.  Prosphora baking classes are offered to the parishioners and each year the parish holds its annual Festival the Sunday after the Dormition of the Theotokos.  Orthodox and non-Orthodox from the area gather for a day of prayer, fellowship, and fun.

Visitors are always welcome at Holy Trinity.  Each Sunday after Divine Liturgy there is a coffee hour in which parishoners can mingle together and meet new friends.  Every other Wednesday there is an adult discussion centered around the teachings of the Church, in which people are encouraged to participate actively with their own questions and comments.  Please feel free to stop by the Church or call if you have any questions about the parish.