31 March 2013


If you've always been fascinated by the icons that adorn Byzantine Catholic and Orthodox Churches but don't know much about them, now is the time to learn about this fascinating art form.  Do you know that icons are written not painted?  Most people don't.  

Rev. Fr. Thomas Loya will use the iconography that he created for the iconostasis and walls of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church where he is pastor to explain that it takes more than paint, brushes and canvas to create an icon.  Much more! 

Iconography is a Loya family talent.  Father's brother Nicholas has an iconography studio in the Tremont section of Cleveland where Carpatho-Rusyns settled in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Those of us who attended the Cleveland Chapter's dedication of the bust of Fr. Aleksander Duchnovic, the Old Country priest who wrote the Rusyn anthem Ja Rusyn Bul (I am a Rusyn), last June had the opportunity to tour the area, including the churches and the iconography studio. 

The Lake Michigan Chapter Board hopes that we will see you at Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church for a great turnout for Fr. Thomas' presentation on April 13.  All the details are on the poster above.  Please let Charlotte or Ken know by Saturday, April 6 if you will be attending.  The women of the church want to continue the old Rusyn custom of having waaaaay more than enough refreshments for everyone. 

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