James Torquato has committed himself to a lifetime of service to the Catholic Church. In addition to being a member of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Mr. Torquato is the Pastor of St. Basil Catholic Parish in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
St. Basil Catholic Parish is named for the priest, theologian, and bishop of Caesara Mazaca in Cappadocia, who lived in the fourth century and is an honored father of the Catholic Church. Under the guidance of James Torquato, St. Basil Catholic Parish strives to follow the teachings of St. Basil, and offers opportunities for members in the form of ministries and organizations. Many of these give back to the local community through volunteer work and cooperation with charitable organizations.
Among St. Basil’s programs are the Christian Mothers program, established in 1922, and the Ladies of Charity, a program designed to assist parishioners who are homebound or in nursing homes. James Torquato and St. Basil Catholic Parish have also cultivated a strong youth ministry that plays an active role in the Pittsburgh community, assisting the sick and elderly directly and with the assistance of programs such as Meals on Wheels.
James Torquato has served as a Parochial Vicar at the Church of the Assumption, St. Bonaventure Parish, and St. Bernard Church, and has acted as the Chaplain and President of North Catholic High School. In addition, James Torquato is a former member of the theology committee of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, the St. Paul Seminary Advisory Board, and is a current member of the Diocesan Theological Committee. Since 2001, James Torquato has also served asConfessor to the Franciscan Sisters of Whitehall, Pennsylvania.