Series XI: Rev. Walter Szymanski, 1974-1995

Scope and Contents

This series consists of papers written by Reverend Walter

Szymanski, an openly gay priest. The materials date between

1974 and 1993. The materials consist of articles written by


Biographical Note

The Rev. Walter Szymanski was ordained to the priesthood

by Bishop Robert Spears in the Diocese of Rochester on June

24, 1973. He was named the first Canon for Gay and Lesbian

Ministries in Rochester in the 1970’s. Szymanski was a

Chaplain for the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, involved

in jail ministry, and a counselor at the Catholic Family Center.

He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a

doctorate in Divinity with a specialization in Psychotherapy.

Originally from Pittsburgh, he lived, served the church

and worked as a pastoral therapist in the Rochester, NY,

area for many years. When he returned to Pittsburgh, he

enrolled at CCAC to complete a certificate in drug and alcohol

counseling. He is now retired from Greenbriar Treatment

Center, where he worked as an addiction psychotherapist.

Walt currently serves as a member of the clergy at Calvary

Episcopal Church in Shadyside. He is active in the religious

community as well as in the secular community on a variety of

social justice issues. Walt was recently elected to the board of

the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. He is a founding member of

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the gay and lesbian movement within the national Episcopal


Conditions Governing Access:

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this


Conditions Governing Use:

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is held by the Rochester Public Library. Copyright

of the papers may be held by the authors’, or authors’ heirs or

assigns. Researchers must obtain written permission of the

holder[s] of copyright and the Rochester Public Library before

publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most

papers may be copied in accordance with the library’s usual

procedures unless otherwise specified.


“Alumni Class Notes.” Community College of Allegheny

County AlumNetNews 6, no. 1 (2011) : 10.

“Our Parish Life.” Calvary Episcopal Church

program, June 23, 2013. Accessed December

21, 2017.


Title/Description Instances

Archival materials, 1974-1993 box 2 folder 12

29 Rev Walt Szymanski Series XI

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