ROCHFORT BRIDGE – St. JOHN the BAPTIST Parish

ROCHFORT BRIDGE – St. JOHN the BAPTIST Parish – Парафія св. Івана Хрестителя 

Parish has 2 acres of land donated by Anton Shivak on April 11, 1932; 8 km. south of the town. The church (35’ x 22’) was built in 1937 and on July 7, 1939 Fr. Slota, a Basilian priest, celebrated the first Divine Liturgy. In 1940 there were 12 families and the Basilian Fathers visited the faithful 4 times a year. The names of the parishioners were: O. Kulchytsky, P. Roshko, R. Trynchy, A. Dzegola, L. Roshko, F. Bala, V. Myndiuk, B. Rekuta, P. Luniv, M. Chichak, V. Blahun, L. Luniv, I. Myndiuk, H. Zinyk, D. Tymaschuk, A. Shivak and A. Vrobleski.

The following Basilian Fathers served the community: Fr. Juvenalis Slota, Fr. Gregory Chmilar, Fr. Jerome Chimy, Fr. Sebastian Kurylo, Fr. Ireneus Procenty, Fr. Nicholas Kohut, Fr. Dionisius Dzygolyk.

From the Eparchial clergy the following priests looked after the parishioners: Fr. Eugene Bilyk, Fr. Stephen Chabursky, Fr. Petro Petryshyn, Fr. Michael Hawryluk, Fr. Peter Iwanec, Fr. Constantine Stangret, Fr. Anthony Pawliuk, Fr. Michael Gural, Fr. Bohdan Snihurowych (1972-1986), Fr. Myron Martynkiw (1987-1990), Fr. Mihajlo Planchak (1991-1992), Fr. Peter Lytwyn (1993-1996), Deacon Richard Nibogie (1997-1998), Fr. Peter Brezden (1999-2008), Fr. Don Bodnar (2008- ).