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Book launch of “Ukrainian Bishop, American Church: Constantine Bohachevsky and the Ukrainian Catholic Church” by Dr. Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak
Presenter(s): Dr. Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak
March 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Constantine Bohachevsky was not a typical bishop. On the eve of his unexpected nomination as bishop to the Ukrainian Catholics in America, in March 1924, the Vatican secretly whisked him from Warsaw to Rome to be ordained. He arrived in America that August to a bankrupt church and a hostile clergy. He stood his ground, and chose to live simple missionary life. He eschewed public pomp, as did his immigrant congregations. He regularly visited his scattered churches. He fought a bitter fight for the independence of the church from outside interference – a kind of struggle between the Church and the state, absent both. He refashioned a failing immigrant church in America into a self-sustaining institution that half a century after his death could help resurrect the underground Catholic Church in Ukraine, which became the largest Eastern Catholic church today.