Metropolitan Church History
Looking to the FutureBritish historian Frederic Harrison once wrote that “all our hopes for the future depend on a sound understanding of the past.” In reviewing the history of the Byzantine Catholic Church in America, the greatest lesson which can be gleaned from this period of time is one of faith. It could only have been a strong and abiding faith in God which could have convinced our ancestors to leave their homeland to travel a long distance to a new and strange land in search for new freedom and opportunity. It could only have been a fierce and determined faith which sustained our ancestors to preserve and hold fast to their glorious Eastern Catholic heritage in circumstances which were often times hostile and antagonistic. Ultimately, this journey of faith proved to be a triumphant one as the faith of our forefathers, so deeply challenged on some many occasions, was amply rewarded with material blessings, honors and acceptance as a viable contributor to American Catholic life.
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