Cause for the Canonization of 

Servant of God 

Demetrius Gallitzin

"Apostle of the Alleghenies"




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2006 Prince Gallitzin Cross Award Recipient

Michael J. O’Hara is a member of Holy Name Parish, Ebensburg, and is being recognized for the extensive work he has done on renovating and repairing the parish church, including the construction of a new altar.  A Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, he “is dedicated to his church, his family and his community,” said nominator James R. Burkett.  His son, Michael J. O’Hara Jr. says it is “priceless” to have such a father, and also calls him his “best friend.”  Self - employed as a painter, “Mike’s personality, integrity, work habits, respect for others, polite and quiet demeanor” caused Mr. Burkett to request his services, and “I know of many other individuals, churches, schools and businesses that have used his services and talents.”

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