Cancelled: Wine Tasting - Vino de Espana
16
Jul

Cancelled Due to Coronavirus:  July's Priory Hotel wine tasting promises to be HOT. Featured are Winebow Wines with a theme ...

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Wine Tasting - Battle of the Bubblies
20
Aug

August will sparkle at the Priory Hotel wine tasting. This event features Dreadnaught Wines with a theme of "Battle of the Bubblies". 

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Reopening Notes
Monday, June 29, 2020

Our Priory Hotel is opening July 1.  Please note that due to COVID-19 concerns, we will be modifying some of our amenities for the foreseeable future.  Our expanded continental breakfast buffet ...

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Priory Hotel and Grand Hall Set to Reopen on July 1, 2020
Tuesday, June 09, 2020

The Priory Hotel and Grand Hall at the Priory will be reopening for business on July 1, 2020.  We will be strictly following anti-disease transmission guidelines and following or exceeding CDC ...

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The History of the Priory Hotel


Exterior of what is now The Grand Hall

In the Path of Progress

In the early 1970’s, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that the route of the long-planned Interstate 279 feeder highway (from downtown Pittsburgh to the northern suburbs) would wind directly through the location of the St. Mary’s Church and Priory (not to mention the school and Lyceum, which were located across Nash Street and which were eventually demolished).

After exhaustive negotiations between the diocese and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and despite St. Mary’s rich history and historic landmark status, it was agreed that the state would pay $1,294,000 for the church and adjacent building, including the priory.

This left the parish in an uncertain state for nearly a decade.  It continued to occupy the priory building and church as a tenant, but the flock dwindled for the doomed church.  Toward the end, there were only two priests left to occupy the massive priory and the majority of parishioners were single retirees – widows and widowers


The Priory Courtyard

The coup de grace came eight years after the state took control of the property.  On August 31, 1981, Bishop Vincent M. Leonard issued a decree of suppression of St. Mary’s Church.  Four weeks later, on Sunday, September 27, 1981, Father Bede Hasso walked into the first full house the church had seen in years and offered St. Mary’s final mass.  The following day the parish, with the remainder of its fold being absorbed into Our Lady Queen of Peace parish, closed forever.

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