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History of our Parish

History of Our Parish

Founders of the Church:

Catherine Dorosh

Paul Owsinik

Michael Polehonki

Nicholas Sawczak

Julia Sharyk

Andrew Zahuta


Church Building Incorporated 5-29-29

Ukrainian National Association,

Branch Name: Tovaristvo Proshvita #312


On February 4, 1935 at 11:30 a.m. the church building transferred from the Ukrainian National Association to Ukrainian St. Mary’s Church and Society. In 1969, Fr. Joseph Kopchak transferred the name and incorporated it to: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

First Ecumenical Service and inlaid of cornerstone by Patriarch Athenogoras December 25, 1934.

Priests who served at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Orthodox Church


Rev. Fr. Basil Fedyshyn1933 - 1934
Rev. Fr. John Fedyna1935 - 1939
Rev. Fr. Joseph Yaletchko1939 - 1941
Rev. Fr. Basil Kushil1941 - 1943
Rev. Fr. Walter Propheta1943 - 1961
Rev. Fr. Nicholas Matolich1961 - 1966
Rev. Fr. Gabriel Zapotocky, Edison, NJ, visiting priest
Rev. Fr. J. Kochansky, New York, visiting priest
Rev. Fr. Joseph Kopchak1968 - 1975
Rev. Fr. Emil Bednar1975 - 1977
Rev. Fr. Ronald DeVyver1977 - 1978
Rev. Fr. Walter Sytnechenko, New York, visiting priest
V. Rev. Fr. Raymond E. Sundland1978 - July 2008
Fr. Michael Hontaruk, visiting priestJuly 2008 - May 2009
Archbishop Antony
Bishop Daniel Zelinsky
Fr. Victor Wronsky, visiting priest
Deacon Michael Sawarynski
Fr. Taras Chubenko
Fr. Taras Naumenko
Fr. Ihor Bobak, visiting priest
V. Rev. Fr. John J. UdicsJune 2009 - Sept. 2010
Fr. Ivan SynevskyySept. 2010 - July 2012
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