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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Author to Deliver the 8th Annual St. Alexis (Toth) Lecture on May 6 in Minneapolis

I'm honored to announce that I will be this year's speaker for the 8th Annual St Alexis (Toth) Lecture in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The lecture, "The Becherov Factor: How One Village’s Natives Led the Carpatho-Rusyn American Return to Orthodoxy," will explore the integral presence of natives of Becherov (in Rusyn: Becheriv), in present-day northeastern Slovakia, throughout the history and life of St. Mary's Cathedral in Minneapolis, and in the return to Orthodoxy in other places like Catasauqua, Sheppton, St. Clair, McKeesport, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It will also look at the influence of two Orthodox priests born in Becherov, Fr. Gregory Varhol and Fr. Peter Kohanik, in numerous Carpatho-Rusyn immigrant communities in their return to Orthodoxy.

The event is sponsored by St Mary's Orthodox Cathedral. It will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 7:15 p.m. at St. Mary's Parish Center, 1701 5th Street NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota. All are welcome to attend.

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