Gregory Steven Petruska
Gregory Steven Petruska
  • September 1, 1927 - September 24, 2017
  • Bellflower, California

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Reverend Gregory Steven Petruska

On Sunday, September 24, 2017 Father Gregory passed on to eternal life at the Promise Hospital at 1:00pm.

Father Gregory Petruska was born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania on September 1, 1927, the son of the late Andrew Petruska and Mary Ciparik.

After completing his elementary and high school studies in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, he attended St. Procopius College and Monastery in Lisle, Illinois. Father Petruska received his B.A. Degree in 1949 from St. Procopius College, and he continued Post Graduate Studies in Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

After completing three years in Theology at St. Procopius Seminary he entered SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he completed his fourth year in Theology.

On February 2, 1953, the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord into the Temple, The Most Reverend Daniel Ivancho, D.D. ordained him to the Priesthood, at SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary.

He served as assistant pastor in the old St. John Cathedral in Homestead, Pennsylvania and as pastor at St. Nicholas Church in McKeesport, Pennsylvania and Holy Spirit in Binghamton, New York.

In 1955 Father Gregory was sent to be administrator of St. Mary's Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church, Joliet, Illinois for 33 years.

He first remodeled the church and installed Byzantine paintings. Then he built a parish school, an auditorium, a convent and St. Basil's Hall.

He was the principal and a teacher for seventh and eight grades with the Benedictine Sisters until they left in 1968. He then requested Reverend James B. Reuter, S.J. in the Philippines for a teacher from St. Paul University, Philippines Miss Angelica Villarin.

In 1989 he moved to California and was a dedicated teacher at Taper Avenue School Los Angeles Unified School District.

He was predeceased by his brother Andrew Petruska and sisters Helen Petruska and Margaret Petruska. He is survived by his sister Sister Maria Petruska, OSBM, brother Father Christopher Petruska, sister Terri P. Ortmann (Bill), nieces Michele and Terri Lynn, Andrew's daughter Janet P. Hamilton (Russ), and Beth, sons Mark Petruska and Andrew Petruska Jr. and grandnieces and nephew.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the healthcare insurance for retired priest in memory of Father Gregory Petruska


June 1945 Entered St. Procopius
June 1946 Entered St. Procopius Monastery Novitiate
June 1947 Simple Profession
May 1949 Received B.A.Degree
May 1950 Ordained Lector by Bishop D. Ivancho at Chicago, Illinois
June 1950 Solemn Profession
Aug. 1951 Ordained Subdeacon at Mt. St. Macrina, Uniontown, Pennsylvania
May 1952 Ordained Deacon at SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary
Feb. 1953 Ordained to Priesthood at SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 1953 Substitute Priest for Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic, New York
Aug 1953 Substitute Priest for St. John Baptist Byzantine Cathedral, Munhall, Pennsylvania
June 1954 Assistant Priest for St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Sept. 1955 Administrator St. Mary's Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church, Joliet, Illinois

Under his Administration at St. Mary's Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church, the following have been built:
1957 Renovation of Interior of Church
1958 St. Basil's Hall and Garage
1959 St. Mary's Assumption Elementary School
1960 Building of Convent
1965 Building of Auditorium-Gymnasium
1977 Building of Annex to St. Basil's Hall

Involvement at St. Mary's Assumption Byzantine Catholic School:
From 1960 to 1988 Bus Driver
1960 to 1967 Teacher . 7th and 9th Grades
1967 to 1988 Teacher . 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Grades
1968 to 1988 Principal, Teacher and Pastor