The Most Reverend Mark A. Eckman was ordained as an auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh on Jan. 11 in Saint Paul Cathedral.
Bishop Eckman, 62, who was ordained to the priesthood in 1985, was consecrated by Bishop David J. Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown, and Bishop Edward J. Burns of the Diocese of Dallas, former priests of the diocese and one-time classmates of Bishop Eckman.
“We’re here today to give glory to God. And that’s what we do– we give glory to the Lord,” Bishop Eckman said. “And perhaps it’s because He’s asked me to be a servant, to be a bishop, I responded yes. But it’s not about me doing anything special, it’s just about me willing to be a servant.”
The new auxiliary bishop will remain as pastor of Resurrection Parish in the South Hills. He previously served as administrator of its predecessor parishes, as well as pastor of two other parishes, parochial vicar at five parishes, and high school chaplain at Seton LaSalle Catholic HS and DePaul School for Hearing and Speech.
He also served for seven years as episcopal vicar for clergy personnel.
Born in Pittsburgh, Bishop Eckman graduated from the former South Hills Catholic High School, now Seton LaSalle. He entered priestly formation at Saint Paul Seminary, is a graduate of Duquesne University and received a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary.
The ordination may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdZ-QYmjXxA