St. Michael’s Centennial
Looking back over the past year, it’s hard to believe that it’s over. This past Saturday marked the 100th Anniversary of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Dunmore, PA, and with it the completion of a photographic project that began last November, when I agreed to help my close friend and fellow photographer Paul Sevensky capture his church’s historic year in photos.
Although Paul has done most of the coverage, especially for the day-to-day activities, I was fortunate enough to take part in some of the bigger moments, like Christmas and Easter. And I realize now, looking back, how much I’m going to miss visiting the church on quiet evenings, admiring their holiday decorations, the ornate and dignified icons, the candles and incense. It was truly and honor and a privilege to have access to St. Michael’s and be part of their centennial year.
We finished out the project Saturday evening, with the centennial liturgy itself, the bishop presiding and a host of clergy in attendance. It was beautiful. I loved covering it (even if I didn’t always know what was going on). The church hosted a dinner afterwards, which was filled with parishioners and supporters, all come together to celebrate the milestone.
The history present in a group like that is amazing. Within Paul’s family alone, three generations have attended St. Michael’s, and he has a rich heritage of memories and traditions passed down. And he is not alone. There are strong bonds within the church, bonds on family and community, of faith and love. These families have built something quite wonderful.
My heartfelt thanks to St. Michael’s, to Father Robert, and to my friend Paul for inviting me to take part in your centennial year. It’s an experience I will cherish!