First wave of Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants arrive in the U.S., bringing with them many Greek-Catholics. St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Shenandoah, PA is established.
Rome sends Fr. Andrew Hodobay as the first Apostolic Visitor to care for the immigrant Church.
Rome raises the American Greek Catholic Ruthenian Community to the level of an Exarchate. Bishop Basil Takach is named first exarch, and establishes St. John the Baptist’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh as the seat.
Sts. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary is established by Bishop Daniel Ivancho with the mission to provide spiritual and intellectual formation for a Byzantine Catholic clergy native to the U.S.
The Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Church in Pittsburgh is elevated to the level of Eparchy, with Bishop Nicholas Elko serving as the first Eparch. Passaic, New Jersey, was also elevated to the level of Eparchy to serve the entire East Coast from Maine to Florida, including parishes in Eastern Pennsylvania. Bishop Stephen Kocisko was named first Eparch.
Pope St. Paul VI establishes the Metropolitan Church sui iuris of Pittsburgh, with Passaic (East Coast) and Parma (Midwest) as its two suffragan sees. The Eparchy of Van Nuys was eventually established as a third suffragan for the West Coast.
Bishop Kurt Burnette was enthroned as the fifth Bishop of the Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Eparchy of Passaic on Dec. 4, 2013 at St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral in Passaic.
The Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Eparchy of Passaic continues to flourish in our 91 parishes. In addition to the ministries of our bishop, priests, and deacons, the spiritual life of our eparchy continues to thrive thanks to the assistance of our monastic communities for both men and women, and the dedication of our lay faithful.
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