The Mission Society
Founded in 1997 after six years of preliminary work by
Father Chris Zugger and parishioners of Our Lady
of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church in Albuquerque and
Holy Protection Church in Denver.
We PRAY to God for healing of the division of the Catholic and
Orthodox Churches, for the spiritual growth of the American Byzantine
Catholic Church; for the renewal of the Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church
in the Trans-Carpathian Oblast of Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia,
and Croatia; for the canonization of Bishop-Martyrs Theodore Romzha
Paul Peter Gojdich, Basil Hopko and Father Methodius Trcka and the
advancement of the Causes of Venerable Petro Oros, Priest-Martyr and
other martyrs and confessors from the Soviet era; and for the building
up of the Kingdom of God in justice and charity among all people.
We assist the (Ruthenian) Greek Catholic Church in the Trans-
Carpathian Oblast of the republic of Ukraine, which is the territory of
the ancient Eparchy of Mukachevo; the Archeparchy of Presov and its
suffragan eparchies of Kosice and Bratislava in Slovakia; and the
Eparchy of Hajdudorogh, Hungary.
The Mission Society Office is in the Blanchette House at Our
Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our chaplain
is Father Christopher L. Zugger, former pastor and now in residence at
the parish. Our office workers and board members are all volunteers who
give of their time freely. You can Email us at
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using easy donations through Pay Pal or by mail.
Finding a Hidden Church
Father Chris Zugger's new book is the result of
eight years of interviews and research covering the history of the
Ruthenian Greek Catholic church in the USSR and independent Ukraine.
Here you will find not only background history of the Church
before 1945, but the heroic witness of Blessed Theodore Romzha (killed
in 1947), Bishop Petro Oros (executed 1953), Bishop Alexander Khira who
died in Kazakhstan, and scores of priests, their wives, their children,
and other people who fought to keep their beloved Church alive in a
Read about the anti-religious attitudes of the Soviet Union, the
imposition of harsh legislation, and the rupture of a 1,000 year old
culture and Church. Also discover the determination of people to keep
their faith in Jesus Christ and Catholicism alive by worshipping
secretly at night, in forests, in barns, and how the Church survived
with not one legal building and constant harrassment by the feared
secret police. Discover the new ways Bishop Khira and underground
priests came up with training new priests, establishing forbidden
parishes, and nurturing the faith in an incredibly hostile atmosphere.
Included are short histories of what happened to the other Byzantine
Catholic Churches in the Soviet bloc, five maps, over 70 photographs
including some from the dreaded Gulag camps. Be inspired to renew your
own faith in God and your own dedication to His Church and to realize
that the impossible can be achieved, but only when relying on God's
The book sells for $30, and is available through the Our
Lady of Perpetual Help website or through Eastern
Christian Publications. We will begin shipping books on June 22, so
place your order now!