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 the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society and is a board member and teacher at The Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies.

Since 1991 he has served as pastor of St. Noel Catholic Church in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.