Metropolitan Church History

New Honor, New Bishops and a New Eparchy

At the start of the decade of the 1960's, the organizational status of the Byzantine Catholic Church in the United States was merely that of a church missionary territory with limited self-governing authority.  By the end of decade of the 1960's, however, the remarkable growth and the steadfast loyalty of Byzantine Catholics in the United States would be recognized and capped by the bestowal of a new ecclesiastical dignity and status.

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The First Metropolitan Archbishop

Archbishop Stephen Kocisko was installed as the first Metropolitan ever in the history of the Carpatho-Rusyn people by the Most Reverend Luigi Raimondi, the Apostolic Delegate to the United States, in Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh on June 11, 1969.  Following the decrees of the Second Vatican Council, Archbishop Kocisko promptly set about the task of moving the Church generally and Pittsburgh Archdiocese in particular back to its authentic religious traditions.  To achieve this important goal, Archbishop Kocisko undertook an number of important initiatives.

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