While the Catholic Church has a long history in Leechburg, Christ
The King parish is relatively new. It was canonically established in
1999 from the former Leechburg parishes, Assumption,
St. Martha, St Catherine and its
With Fr. Bonafed’s leadership the parish consolidated. At
that time the parish had three sites: the Second Street site where we conducted
celebrations of the Sacraments including the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,
Confession, Baptism, and Confirmation; the Gilpin Township site where we conducted
Religious Education classes, programs, the parish festival, and meetings of
parish organizations; and St.
Fr. Joseph Trupkovich was appointed to the office of pastor in October of 2003. A new church was realized. The new worship space at the Gilpin Township site was dedicated on August 5, 2012 by Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt. In December, 2013, parish office renovations in our new facility at Gilpin were completed and on January 6, 2014, our new parish office was opened.
On February 12, 2014, Christ the King Church was partnered with St. Gertrude Church in Vandergrift. With the partnering of our parishes, Fr. James Loew, OSB, pastor of St. Gertrude Church became our administrator.
In the year 2001, the diocese organized its parishes into
Regions. The Diocese is currently made up of 10 regions organized into 5
Deaneries. Along with St. Gertrude parish in Vandergrift, St. James parish in
Apollo and Our Lady, Queen of Peace parish in