What is the Byzantine-Ruthenian Catholic Church
In the 1870’s, the first wave of Carpatho-Rusyn immigration brought significant numbers of Greek Catholics to the United States of America. The first parish they founded on these shores was Saint Michael's in Shenandoah, PA followed by an establishment in Freeland, PA. Others were established in places like Wilkes-barre and Kingston, PA, and in Jersey City and Passaic, NJ. Unfortunately, the ignorance of most American Catholics of the Latin Church regarding Greek Catholic practices promised by Rome at Uzhorod -- such as a married priesthood and other privileges and traditions -- led the immigrant church into conflict with the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Minneapolis/St. Paul, John Ireland, which prompted one Greek Catholic priest, Father Alexis Toth, to take his small flock out of union with Rome and seek union with the Russian Orthodox Church, creating the nucleus of what would become known as the Orthodox Church of America. To this day, the OCA venerates Father Toth as the father of Orthodoxy in America.
The storm that had erupted over a married priesthood back in the 1890’s would continue to erupt sporadically during this period of growth, exasperated by a Vatican proclamation, Ea Semper, issued in 1905, which severely mitigated the rights of Greek Catholics in the United States; and, certain members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in America sought both to prohibit the immigration of married Greek Catholic priests and to forbid their ordination in North America. Appeals to Rome from the American Greek Catholic community were futile; and, In 1929, another proclamation, Cum Data Fuerit, was issued by Pope Pius XI, forbidding the service of married Greek Catholic priests in the United States, requiring them to return to Europe. This decree became the rallying cry for another segment of American Greek Catholics, dedicated to safeguarding the Eastern heritage of their church, to once again fall into schism. A pastor in Bridgeport, CT, Father Orestes Chornock, was elected Bishop of a new Independent Greek Catholic Church, and was consecrated a bishop by the Patriarch of Constantinople, eventually setting his See in Johnstown, PA. This would, in time, be known as The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Diocese. Despite this sad turn of events, the American Greek Catholics in union with Rome continued to grow and establish new parishes; and, in 1950, Saints Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary was established by the second Bishop of Pittsburgh, Daniel Ivancho, for the spiritual and educational formation of a native clergy.
Calling all ByzanTEENS - NEW EVENT
Virtual Byzanteen Evening Out on Sunday, July 26, 6-7:30 PM
Has the message of the new atheists that has infiltrated American culture top to bottom got you confused and scratching your head?
Join Father Andrii Dumnych for a lively discussion about God and why the spiritual life should matter to YOU.
There will also be time to play virtual games and meet new and old friends.
Any Questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(If you have not registerd by 4:00 on July 24th, please request invitation at the above email)
Do I need to register? YES REGISTER NOW
Why do I need to register?
Registration information will allow us to send you an email with the link to our virtual meeting room on the evening of the 28th.
How do I register?
Click the Register Now Tab
Is there a registration deadline?
Yes, please register no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, July 24th
Is there any cost?
No. However, you must bring your own refreshments.
"Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions." Joel 2:28 (quoted by Peter following the Descent of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:17)
Hear Bishop Kurt's message (here) for the Sunday of All Saints provided by God With Us Online and how the Holy Spirit at Pentecost prepares us to be Saints.
The Divine Liturgy is now being celebrated in Brooklyn, New York!
Sundays at 8:00 a.m. at:
Saint Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church
215 Exeter Street
Brooklyn, New York 11235
Come, pray with us and see our growing community!
For more information please contact Father Iaroslav Korostil
A Byzantine Catholic community is forming at St. Philip Neri RC Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, South Carolina (about a half hour drive from Charlotte, North Carolina). Please join us as we grow our community and celebrate together the Byzantine Divine Liturgy.
Father Steven Galuschik of All Saints Byzantine Catholic Church in North Fort Myers, Florida began celebrating the Divine Liturgy with the community at the end of October, 2017. This community will serve the northern part of South Carolina as well as Charlotte, North Carolina.
Please share this information with your friends and family, especially those who have moved "down South." The Divine Liturgy is celebrated on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. If you would like to participate in any way, or have questions please contact Ron Somich at 440-477-6389 or at email@example.com or visit the website at https://carolinabyzantine.com for news, upcoming gatherings and service times.
A New Tab Has been Added --Live Stream List
which will display parishes that will be live streaming Divine Liturgies