Cathedral of Saint Michael the Archangel

History

1877 - Eastern Europeans began to arrive in the Passaic, New Jersey area

1880 - (through out) Fr. Alexander Dzubay tends to the spiritual needs of the Faithful in Passaic

1890 - (Nov 14) St. Michael’s Parish is incorporated under laws of New Jersey by Fr. Dzubay

1890 - (December 25) – Fr. Dzubay performs first Baptism (Mary Hrinya)

1891 - (January 1) Fr. Dzubay performs first Wedding (John Ferinko and Suzanna Chromoho)

1891 - (June 16) – Fr. Dzubay performs first Funeral (Michael Mascary)

1891 - Fr. Nicephor Chanath purchases Evangelical Mission Chapel (corner of First & Bergen) and becomes St. Michaels first resident Pastor

1893 - First Church enlarged to accommodate 300 people; first Rectory built

1894 - (December 20 th) Fr. Eugene Szatala appointed St. Michael’s second resident Pastor

1902 - (March) Fr. Nicholas Molscanyi appointed St. Michael’s third resident Pastor

1902 - Fr. Molscanyi begins construction of present brick church

1905 - Construction of present church completed

1906 - (February) Fr. Irenaeus Janotzky appointed St. Michael’s fourth resident Pastor

1909 - (October) Rosary Society organized by Fr. Janotzky

1915 - (September) Fr. Valentine Balogh appointed St. Michael’s fifth resident Pastor

1917 - Property purchased for later use as a cemetery

1918 - (March 3 rd) Fr. Jackovics appointed St. Michael’s sixth resident Pastor

1922 - Classrooms established in old Auditorium for Evening School

1935 - (February 3) Fr. Jackovics organizes Mother’s Club (29 Charter Members)

1935 - (November 24) St. Michael’s celebrates its Golden Jubilee

1941 - St. Michael’s receives its first Assistant Pastor (Fr. John Macko)

1949 - (November 7) St. Michael’s burns Mortgage

1949 - (December 7) Fr. Jackovics dies

1950 - Fr. John Stim appointed seventh resident Pastor of St. Michael’s

1953 - (April 27) Fr. Stim organized Ladies Guild (18 Charter Members)

1953 - (September 9) Classes begin at St. Michael’s School (formally Passaic School No. 2)

1955 - Fr. Stim organized Holy Name Society

1963 - (July 31) St. Michael’s Parish designated the Cathedral of the newly established Diocese of Passaic; Most Rev. Stephen Kocisko, D.D. appointed first Bishop

1964 - Msgr. George Durisin appointed eighth resident Pastor of St. Michael’s

1965 - (October 31) St. Michael’s celebrates its Diamond Jubilee

1966 - Establishment of a parochial Religious Education Program (CCD)

1968 - Most Rev. Michael Dudick, D.D. appointed second Bishop of Passaic

1979 - Byzantine Service Group organized under pastorate of Msgr. Durisin

1985 - (April 28) Construction begins for a Chapel and Social Center in West Paterson

1987 - (May 31) St. Michael’s Chapel in West Paterson is solemnly dedicated

1988 - (August) Fr. Eugene Fulton appointed ninth resident Pastor of St. Michael’s

1988 - (October) Fr. Nicholas Alishofski appointed tenth resident Pastor of St. Michael’s

1989 - (February 6) Fr. Marcel Szabo appointed eleventh resident Pastor of St. Michael’s

1989 - (November 12) St. Michael’s Day begins a year long Centennial Celebration

1990 - (October 21) St. Michael’s observes it’s Centennial Jubilee