Event: Thursdays at the Sheptytsky, Dec. 7: The Genesis of the Eastern Catholic Churches in the USA


Bishop Soter Ortynsky and the Genesis of the Eastern Catholic Churches in the USA:Challenges and Achievements – 1884 to 1916

Presentation by Fr. Ivan Kaszczak PhD

Fr. Kaszczak will present the early struggles of the Greco-Catholic Church to preach the Gospel in the United States. Hamp
ered by misunderstanding from without and hin
dered by a lack of ecclesial leadership at its inception – the Church finally received a bishop from Ukraine in 1907. Many fellow Catholics of the Roman Rite, perceived Ortynsky as standing in opposition to the Latin rite Catholic Church’s unity of jurisdiction and uniformity of discipline. At the same time, other Churches sought the “conversion” of Ruthenian-Ukrainian Catholics. Ortynsky persevered but died prematurely while asserting his Church’s rightful autonomy and evangelical mission to preach the Gospel to all nations.

About the speaker: Rev. Ivan Kaszczak holds a PhD in Religious Education from Fordham University. He currently serves in the Stamford Eparchy as pastor in Kerhonkson and Hunter, NY. He is the author of several publications on the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States, and has taught at St. Basil College, Stamford, CT, Sacred Heart University (CT) and the US Air Force Academy, Colorado.

December 7, 2017, 7:15pm at the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto

Windle House, 5 Elmsley Place (next to St. Basil’s Church)