Building on the Word is the personal website of Fr. George M. Smiga.
He is the author of all the materials on the site, unless otherwise noted.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fr. Smiga was ordained as a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland in 1975. In 1985 he received the degree of Doctorate in Sacred Theology with a specialization in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He presently serves on the scripture and homiletic faculty of St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, Ohio. He is also an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association and a regular teacher at The Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies.
He is the author of the article on “Caravaggio” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Art (2015). In 2009 he was the Walter and Mary Tuohy Professor at John Carroll University in Cleveland. He writes a monthly column for Living With Christ (Bayard) and contributes regularly to Give Us This Day (Liturgical Press). His upcoming book is Angels in the Bible (Liturgical Press, February 2021).
From 1991 to 2019 he served as pastor of St. Noel Catholic Church in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.