19 September 2013


15 September 2013


The vatra (bonfire) at 4 p.m.


 Saturday, September 21st from Noon until ???
Shrine of Mariapoch
17486 Mumford Rd., Burton, OH

C-RS.org (click on the event on the main page) for updated information

We have great Rusyn food, spectacular entertainment, children’s activities and genealogy information, free admission  


12:00    Kitchen opens, great Rusyn food-- pirohy, halupky, kolbasy, halusky--all day long.    
Kolbasy/sauerkraut and hotdog sandwiches by the fire, soup served all day.   

1:00-6:00             Children’s activities, piñata at 3:30
1:30                      Lucina Folk Ensemble, (Slovak)

2:00                      Csardas Hungarian Dance Company

2:30-3:30             Slavjane Folk Ensemble for McKees Rocks, PA (Rusyn)

3:00-6:30             Slanina (bacon fry around the fire)

4:00                      Slavonic/English Liturgy and Panachida for our deceased ancestors

6:00                      Living Traditions Folk Ensemble, Brecksville, OH (Rusyn)

7:00 - ??     Vatra Entertainment for those who cannot make it during the daytime, we have exciting   entertainment around the vatra (bonfire) with live musicians and dance. Lots of fun!

Dress for the weather, rain or shine, and bring a chair for the outdoor shrine.

If you would like to help for a 1-2 hour shift, please respond to this e-mail.

Bakery donations kindly accepted the day of the vatra.

The vatra at 7 p.m. just before the jumping begins.

14 September 2013

13 September 2013


Founder and former longtime Carpatho-Rusyn Society President Righetti and former National board member John Schweich will be presenters at the 14th Genealogical and Cultural Conference of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI).  The conference will be held Wednesday, October 23 through Saturday, October 26 at the Westin Lombard Hotel in Lombard, Illinois.   

Their presentations are scheduled for Friday, October 25.  Righetti will offer three workshops: Rusyns as the Third Founding People of Czechoslovakia (8-9:15 am), Rusyns and Slovaks, Similarities and Differences and Carpatho-Rusyn Culture—It’s Not Just Blessed Baskets and Stuffed Cabbage.

Schweich’s 9:30 to 10:45 am workshop is entitled Carpatho-Rusyn Settlement in Metro Chicago.  His focus will be Chicago and Joliet in Illinois as well as Gary, Whiting, East Chicago and Hammond in Northwest Indiana.  Several members of the Carptho-Rusyn Society/Lake Michigan Chapter have assisted him by gathering additional information from Rusyns in their local areas.

The Carpatho-Rusyn Society/Lake Michigan Chapter will have a display table at the conference.  Make sure to stop in to say Dobryj dyn to President Charlotte Pribish Conjelko and Board Member and Chapter Genealogist Arlene Gardiner.

On Wednesday three tours are scheduled: Czech, Slovak and Rusyn Neighborhood Tour (8 am -5 pm; $55); Bohemian National Cemetery Tour (8:15 am-5:15 pm; $55); and Research at the CSAGSI Genealogy Library (9 am-2:30 pm; $30).  The Czech, Slovak and Rusyn Neighborhood Tour will be repeated Thursday (8 am-5 pm; $55).  The bus tours are limited to 53 registrants while the research opportunity is limited to 25. 

Conference information, including fees, accommodations, registration form, traveling to the conference, schedule of events and speaker biographies, may be viewed by clicking on Conference Information.  Attendees have their choice of days and activities they wish to attend.

The Conference Registration Form is available by clicking on Conference Registration Form. Mail a copy of the entire page with payment to: CGSI Chicago Conference, PO Box 25972, Woodbury, MN 55125-0972.

Hotel reservations may be made for the Conference by clicking on Westin Lombard Hotel and then clicking on the Reserve icon. The Westin Hotel offers a shuttle to take guests to the train station in Lombard for those who wish to go to visit Chicago.

Additional conference information is available at: www.cgsi.org.

Conference attendees who want to arrive early or extend their stay to see other Chicago sites should click on: visit some of these sites.

12 September 2013


The Diocesan Apostolate for Christian Education of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese is offering a weekly on-line Scripture Study Class on the Gospel of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John.  The class began on Saturday, September 7 but those interested may still register.  Led by Very Rev. Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky, D. Min., Professor of Sacred Scripture at Christ the Saviour Seminary, it will be broadcast live every Saturday from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Warren, Ohio. 

The class will begin at 4:45 pm and will last approximately 60 minutes.  The series will conclude for the year in May 2013. Class will be in recess during the Nativity and Theophany as well as the Holy and Bright Week periods. 

The Gospel of St. John will be read and discussed within the context of the patristic mindset of the Church. Emphasis will be placed on both the Gospel's historical context and application to contemporary life. 
This year's course is the second in an ongoing series of Orthodox Scripture Studies. In the spring of 2013, a large cadre of students, both on location at St. Nicholas Church and on-line, completed an in-depth study of the Gospel of St. Matthew.

There is no charge for participating; however, those who wish to participate must register on-line to enter the class room and access the broadcast link.  Audio and video recordings of each session will be archived for later study. By registering, participants will have access to the class bulletin board with the latest schedule and updates as well as other important resources.

If you attend Vespers and cannot join the class live, you can view the lecture when convenient for you - lectures will be archived for later viewing.   Visit www.orthodoxlearningcenter.org/ to sign up.

10 September 2013

Scattered: The Forced Relocation of Poland's Ukrainians after World War II


Author Diana Howansky Reilly has three upcoming discussions this fall about her recently-published book “Scattered: The Forced Relocation of Poland’s Ukrainians after World War II”.  

Following World War II, the communist government of Poland forcibly relocated the country's Ukrainian minority by means of a Soviet-Polish population exchange and then a secretly planned action code-named Operation Vistula. In Scattered, Diana Howansky Reilly recounts these events through the experiences of three siblings caught up in the conflict, during a turbulent period when compulsory resettlement was a common political tactic used against national minorities to create homogenous states.

 Born in the Lemko region of southeastern Poland, Petro, Melania, and Hania Pyrtej survived World War II only to be separated by political decisions over which they had no control. Petro relocated with his wife to Soviet Ukraine during the population exchange of 1944–46, while his sisters Melania and Hania were resettled to western Poland through Operation Vistula in 1947. As the Ukrainian Insurgent Army fought resettlement, the Polish government meanwhile imprisoned suspected sympathizers within the Jaworzno concentration camp. Melania, Reilly's maternal grandmother, eventually found her way to the United States during Poland's period of liberalization in the 1960s.

Drawing on oral interviews and archival research, Reilly tells a fascinating, true story that provides a bottom-up perspective and illustrates the impact of extraordinary historical events on the lives of ordinary people. Tracing the story to the present, she describes survivors' efforts to receive compensation for the destruction of their homes and communities.

Diana Howansky Reilly has master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University in international affairs and from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Connecticut.

 Diana's upcoming presentations:

  • Sat., Sept. 28, 5:00pm at the Shevchenko Scientific Society (NTSh), 63 Fourth Avenue (between 9th & 10th St.), New York, NY; Entrance: free
  • Thurs., Oct. 3, 12:00pm at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY; Entrance: free
  • Sun., Oct. 6, 1:00pm at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL; Hosted by the Chicago Business & Professional Group, Entrance: $10.00 members; $15.00 guests (refreshments will be served)