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THE HISTORY OF THE

NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN PARISH  

 

 

Parish Founders:

 

Catherine Dorosh 

Paul Swsinik

Michael Polehonki

Nicholas Sawczak

Julia Sharyk

Andrew Zahuta 

 

 

Parish History: 

 

May 29, 1929: Church Building was incorporated 

 

1933: Property acquired from the Ukrainian National Association (Branch #312, "Tovaristvo")

 

December 25, 1934: On Christmas Day (Gregorian Calendar) the cornerstone was inlaid and a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Athenogoras as the first Divine Liturgy in the newly established Church. Rev. Basil Fedyshyn was assigned as the first pastor of the parish. 

 

February 4, 1935: The Church building transferred from the Ukrainian National Association to St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Society. 

 

1939: Church bell was acquired and installed (donated by WIlliam Jarema) & church pews were installed. 

 

1958: purchase of property and the parish home and rectory were erected on Delmore Avenue 

 

1959: Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Parish 

 

1969: Rev. Joseph Kopchak, pastor, transferred the name and incorporate it to Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church. 

 

November 8, 2014 the parish celebrated its 80th anniversary with an Archpastoral Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Antony. 

 

2018: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Orthodox Church participated in the Centennial Celebrations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA

 

 

 

 

Church Iconostas, circa 1982
Church Iconostas, 2015
Church Exterior, circa 1980

PASTORS OF NATIVITY OF BLESSED VIRGIN CHURCH

 

Rev. Fr. Basil Fedyshyn 1933 - 1934
Rev. Fr. John Fedyna 1935 - 1939
Rev. Fr. Joseph Yaletchko 1939 - 1941
Rev. Fr. Basil Kushil 1941 - 1943
Rev. Fr. Walter Propheta 1943 - 1961
Rev. Fr. Nicholas Matolich 1961 - 1966
Rev. Fr. Gabriel Zapotocky, visiting priest  
Rev. Fr. J. Kochansky, visiting priest  
Rev. Fr. Joseph Kopchak 1968 - 1975
Rev. Fr. Emil Bednar 1975 - 1977
Rev. Fr. Ronald DeVyver 1977 - 1978
Rev. Fr. Walter Sytnechenko, visiting priest  
V. Rev. Fr. Raymond E. Sundland 1978 - July 2008
Fr. Michael Hontaruk, visiting priest July 2008 - May 2009
His Eminence Archbishop Antony  
His Grace Bishop Daniel   
Rev. Victor Wronsky, visiting priest  
Deacon Mikhail Sawarynski  
Protopresbyter Taras Chubenko  
V. Rev. Taras Naumenko, visiting priest   
Fr. Ihor Bobak, visiting priest  
V. Rev. Fr. John J. Udics June 2009 - Sept. 2010
Rev. Ivan Synevskyy Sept. 2010 - July 2012
Deacon James Cairns, II August 2012-March 2013
Rev. Vasyl Pasakas April 2013-
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