Saint Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church
Founded in 1884, St. Michael's domes still luster above Shenandoah, PA.
During the late 1800s, a great number Ukrainian Greek Catholics left their homes behind to come to America for a better life. In that time, they founded the First Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania but it certainly did not look like the one you see today.
The first service was held in a place called Kern Hall but as more and more Ukrainian Greek Catholics settled in the area, Kern Hall became too small and a new church had to be built.
The new church was built in 1909 on Oak and Chestnut Street of Shenandoah, PA however, it burnt to the ground on the morning of April 7, 1980. The tragedy only heightened the parishioners resilience, and it 1983, a new St Michael's was built.
Please continue reading below and if you would like more information about St. Michael's please contact St. Michael's Rectory at (570)462-0809 or visit the website for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy in Philadelphia.
The Church you see today was built in 1983. The church prior was burned by fire but one, similar in structure, can be seen today in Shamokin, PA. It is the Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church located at 227 N Shamokin St. Shamokin, PA 17872
Fun Fact: The Domes were built from the same mold as the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J.
The original Iconostasis and many of the precious artifacts contained in St. Michael's were burnt in the fire of 1983. The picture to the left depicts the Iconostasis today.
The Twelve Apostles
Above the Iconostasis, the twelve apostles are typically depicted in Icons assuring us of the apostolic nature of the church. Can you name them?