St. Nicholas Church in Donora, PA. Celebrates Centennial

St. Nicholas Church in Donora, PA. Celebrates Centennial


Archpriest Igor Soroka and the faithful of Saint Nicholas Church, Donora, PA celebrated their parish’s 100th anniversary with a weekend of services and social events that brought together current and former parishioners, visiting clergy and guests July 23-24, 2016.

The weekend opened with the celebration of Vespers on Saturday evening, after which a reception and open house followed in the parish hall. On Sunday morning, His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania presided at the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and a Service of Thanksgiving, at which Father Igor and visiting clergy concelebrated. The festivities concluded with a Grand Banquet at the Willow Room, Belle Vernon, PA.

Saint Nicholas Church was established in 1916 by a group of 15 immigrant families from central and eastern Europe. Initially, the faithful gathered for services in a tiny basement church on Eighth Street and McKean Avenue. The present church was erected in 1951, and a new parish rectory was added in 1963. Saint Nicholas Church is a fine example of old Russian Orthodox architecture, featuring a bell tower flanked by two rows of arches and a large onion-shaped dome. The church also is adorned with a wide variety of icons and murals painted by several nationally known iconographers.

Father Igor, who has served as Rector of Saint Nicholas Church since 1959, noted that the parishioners experienced many difficult challenges over the years, but had overcome them because of their strong faith and perseverance.

“Our founders were men and women who were mostly new to life in America,” said Father Igor. “It was difficult for them to adjust to a different language and culture, but they always had that spark of hope and belief that God would hear their prayers. During our anniversary celebration, we reflected on various past events and the way our church has touched so many lives over the years.”

Father Igor is assisted by Deacon Robert Motichak; Dimitri Petro, M.D., Choir Director; and Nick Milchovich, Church Council President.



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