A ‘gift” to the U.S. church

Laura Ieraci Editor, Horizons Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma | August 2, 2018

PARMA, Ohio — The youngest ordinary bishop of a Catholic diocese in North America was enthroned June 30. Bishop Milan Lach, SJ, became the fifth bishop of the Byzantine Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma during a Divine Liturgy of Enthronement at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Parma, Ohio after having served as its apostolic administrator since June 24, 2017. He succeeds Bishop John Kudrick, who retired May 2016.

Bishop Lach, 44, is also the third-youngest Eastern Catholic ordinary in the world and the first foreign-born bishop for the eparchy that comprises 12 states in the Midwest. He is among about a dozen bishops from other countries that Pope Francis has appointed to the United States.

The Slovak-born bishop has visited almost every parish and mission of the eparchy since his arrival to the United States last summer and has established pastoral priorities that include youth, evangelization, and parish reorganization. Slovak Greek Catholic Bishop Milan Chautur, CSsR, of Kosice, Slovakia, who was present for the enthronement, said his “wish for Continue reading

“Mary, Hope of All Generations”

Editor | August 2, 2018

84th Annual Mount St. Macrina pilgrimage set for Sept. 1 to 2 The 84th annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be held Sept. 1 to 2 at Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown, Pa. This year’s … Continue reading

Appreciating Pilgrimage 2018

Sister Elaine Kisinko | August 2, 2018

When my great-nephew was five-and-a-half years old, I praised him for being exceptionally well behaved at his grandmother’s wake at the funeral home. I told him how good he was and how proud we were of him. His response was, “You … Continue reading

“Who is My Neighbor?”

Editor | August 2, 2018

Scenes from Byzanteen youth rally at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA.   Eighty-nine teens and 22 chaperones from Arizona to New Jersey participated in the July 5 to 8 Byzantine Youth Rally 2018 at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa … Continue reading

Historic Visit

Editor | August 2, 2018

St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Weirton, W. Va. was blessed to witness a historic visit at the conclusion of the weekend of festivities celebrating the Enthronment of Bishop Milan Lach as the fifth Byzantine Catholic Bishop of Parma, Ohio. On … Continue reading

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On solemn Holydays, the faithful of the Byzantine Rite are anointed with holy oil and receive a piece of bread blessed for this sacramental on the vigil of the feast. This venerable custom among the Ruthenians is known as ” Mirovanije” or an anointing. It is a remnant of two distinct practices of ancient times, the all-night vigils held in the church and the lighting of the oil lamps in front of the icon of the Feast. In order to better understand this relatively simple ceremony of the anointing, an explanation of the all-night vigil with Litija and that of the lighting of the lamp of oil in front of the icon of the feast is necessary. Continue reading