Carpatho-Rusyns are one of the major ethnic groups of Pennsylvania. From the time they settled the state’s small towns and cities in the late 1870s until the present time, Carpatho-Rusyns have left an indelible mark on the state, and their story should be told. This blog is about a project that will do just that. Read more

Saturday, January 31, 2015

NEPA: The Keystone of Carpatho-Rusyn American History (2): Churches, Schools, etc.

The presentation continues with a look at these Rusyn milestones achieved in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Carpatho-Rusyn “Firsts”
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Choirs
  • Bands
  • Monastery
  • Cemeteries
Carpatho-Rusyn “Firsts”: Churches

Shenandoah (1884);
the first Greek Catholic priest in the U.S. serving Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants, the Galician Ukrainian Father Ivan Voljans'kyj (at left) who helped establish the Shenandoah parish and most of the other parishes over the next four years
Freeland (1886)
Kingston (1887)
Wilkes-Barre (1888)
Olyphant (1888)
Mayfield (1891), Mount Carmel (1891)
First Rusyn Orthodox Churches in Pennsylvania

Father (now Saint) Alexis Toth - first Rusyn priest to become Orthodox, came to Wilkes-Barre in 1893 and ministered extensively in NEPA
Wilkes-Barre (1893/1900)
Scranton (1897)
Old Forge (founded 1891, became Orthodox 1896)
Carpatho-Rusyn “Firsts”: Schools

Mount Carmel
Saint Clair
Carpatho-Rusyn “Firsts”: Choirs

Hazleton (St. John parish)
Carpatho-Rusyn “Firsts”: Bands

Carpatho-Rusyn “Firsts”: Orthodox Monastery

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery, South Canaan (1905)

Carpatho-Rusyn “Firsts”:Cemeteries

St. Michael Cemetery, Shenandoah
St. Mary Cemetery, Kingston (Courtdale)
Transfiguration Cemetery, Shamokin
St. Mary Cemetery, Mahanoy City
Continue to Part 3: Fraternals, Newspapers, Businesses

Original material is © by the author, Richard D. Custer; all rights reserved.

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