12 January 2011

A snapshot from Chicago's South Side Rusyn community in 1922

This photograph of the 1922 first communion group at St. Mary's Greek Catholic Church at 4949 S. Seeley Ave., offers a snapshot that includes ancestors of parishioners at two existing parishes, one Byzantine Catholic and one Orthodox.

By 1931, a substantial portion of the parish would leave to create St. Peter & St. Paul's Orthodox Church at 53rd and Western, which relocated in 1998 to Burr Ridge.

St. Mary's remained until 1996, when it was merged with the Joliet St. Mary's as Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer Glen.

I don't have any of the names of the children in the phot. But the priest is Father Max Relich, who was pastor of St. Mary's from 1908 to 1929. The cantor is identified as Vasyl Sklyar.

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