Family matters

David Mayernik Jr. | March 9, 2017

Father Marek Visnovsky recalls the first time he saw his wife, Miriam. The moment occurred on a bus ride when they were coming back to the Faculty of Theology in Slovakia following Christmas break. “I saw this beautiful girl in a packed bus. It was about a one-hour drive. We just kept looking at each other and that girl happened to be Miriam,” he said.

“When I got out of the bus at the stop at the Seminary, I kind of winked at Miriam and she winked back at me. Then
I could not sleep. Something sparked there and the next day I could not wait to go to University where we studied together.”

Marek who serves St. Mary Parish in Cleveland, Ohio, and Miriam visited the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius on Feb. 8 as part of its Seminary Seminar series to discuss the life of a married priest and family.

Both were born and raised in Slovakia and married in 2004. Marek was ordained into the priesthood in May 2004 and
two month later, they moved to Cleveland., where he began his ministry at Holy Spirit as an assistant priest.

Miriam said she initially turned down Marek because of her classroom duties.

“I wanted to study and I focused on studying…I had a group of girlfriends and we just wanted to study. We didn’t pay attention. He was in a class with us and we had a respect for all the seminarians. They were sitting in front of us; we were in the last pews.” Marek said it was a “little like being thrown in the water” when his family moved to the United States. He was preparing homilies and eulogies in English and struggling to understand the peculiarities of the language. “I wasn’t prepared for that. In nine months, we buried 45 people,” Marek said.

“Sometimes you have three funerals in a week. It is a shocker.” “He said, ‘I came to America and people are ready to go and see God,” Miriam said, with a laugh. Marek said one of the best pieces of advice he received was to listen and simply observe. “That’s what I try to do because I believe, and I can see it after 13 years of being a priest, a young seminarian or Continue reading

Pray for Our Youth During the Season of the Great Fast

William Skurla | March 9, 2017

The season of the Great Fast is upon us. Our liturgies, fasting, prayer and service to others remind us of our need to let go of what holds us back and do what brings us closer to God. When I … Continue reading

Mark Your Calendar dates to remember

Editor | March 9, 2017

Women’s Spirituality Day Dee Ruckert will guide the audience in a spiritual reflection with a background of inspirational music in “Pastel Presentations” during Women’s Spirituality Day at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Munhall, Pa. on May 6. … Continue reading

“A war against the weak”

Tony Magliano | March 9, 2017

In many places throughout the world there is a widening gulf, chasm, gap between races, tribes, classes, cultures, economic factions, political parties, religions and nations. And these divides often pit the powerful against the vulnerable. The desire, and even addiction, … Continue reading

A family was forged at Papermart

David Mayernik Jr. | March 9, 2017

Ties Remain Strong Three Years Later We are blessed to have numerous families during our lives. Of course, there’s our mother, father and siblings; our church family; and our circle of friends. You may not think of the people you … Continue reading

Soup for the soul

Dorothy Mayernik Bethany Ministry coordinator St. Gregory, Upper S. Clair, Pa. | March 9, 2017

Bethany Ministry Reaches Out In Caring Friendship and caring are powerful forces that bring joy, comfort and even healing. It’s all about the little things we do for one another that make a difference in their lives. Reflecting on my … Continue reading

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THE HOLY MYSTERY OF MATRIMONY according to Byzantine Rite practice

The Holy Mystery (Sacrament) of Matrimony is one of the seven channels of divine grace, instituted by Christ, to sanctify and to support Christian family life. A Christian marriage is a vocation, that is a special invitation of God to two baptized persons to marital union, in order to devote themselves to the service of a new life in Christ. Continue reading