Ukrainian Bishop, American Church

by Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak
Catholic University of America Press, 2018
Cloth: 978-0-8132-3159-4, eISBN: 978-0-8132-3160-0

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 а 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. This trailblazing biography, based on recently opened sources from the Vatican, Ukraine and the United States, brings the reader from the placid life of the married Catholic Ukrainian clergy in the Habsburg Empire to industrial America.
List of Illustrations
Notes on Terminology and Transliteration
Introduction. A Papal Choice and a Papal Charge
1. An Embedded Priesthood
2. Priestly Service in Times of War
3. An Unexpected Nomination
4. Church and Society in a New Land
5. The First Steps of a New Bishop
6. An Iconoclastic Bishop
7. The Fayt
8. The Critical Years
9. Stable Development in Unstable Times
10. Salvation through Education
11. The Second World War
12. Growth through Tragedy
13. The Productive 1950s
14. Task Completed
Archives and Selected Bibliography

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