04 July 2012

Dedication of Fr. Alexander Duchnovich bust

Weekend of June 23-24, 2012 

of the bust of Father Alexander Duchnovich 
in the Rusin Cultural Garden

Rusyn and community leaders at the Duchnovic statue

On Sunday June 24, the Rusyn community came together for the dedication of the new bust of Fr. Aleksander Duchnovic in the Rusin Garden in Cleveland. The bust is a replacement for the original bust that disappeared in the 1970's.

It was a terrific ceremony, MC‚d by Laurel Tombazzi, with leaders of the Rusyn community and public officials speaking. The statue was unveiled by John Krenisky and Paul Burik and officially dedicated by Bonnie Burke, President of the Cleveland Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. His Grace, the Most Reverend John M. Kudrick, Bishop of Parma, blessed the bust.

The Living Traditions Folk Ensemble led the crowd in songs and participated in impromptu songs after the official ceremony ended.

 • If you ever need to explain why sometimes it is spelled Rusin with and "I" and other times Rusyn with a "Y", learn the reason from John Righetti, National President of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, in a 90 second video

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