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Cathedral of
St. Michael the Archangel


40°51′53.89″N 74°07′2.72″W / 40.8649694°N 74.1174222°W / 40.8649694; -74.1174222Coordinates: 40°51′53.89″N 74°07′2.72″W / 40.8649694°N 74.1174222°W / 40.8649694; -74.1174222
Location 96 First St.
Passaic, New Jersey
Country United States
Denomination Ruthenian Catholic Church
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History
Founded 1890
Dedication Saint Michael the Archangel
Architecture
Style Byzantine Revival
Groundbreaking 1902
Completed 1905
Administration
Diocese Eparchy of Passaic
Clergy
Bishop(s) Most Rev. Kurt Burnette
Rector Fr. John Custer

The Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel is a Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian) cathedral located in Passaic, New Jersey, United States. It is the cathedral for the Eparchy of Passaic.

History

Eastern Europeans began to immigrate to the Passaic area in 1877. Father Alexander Dzubay began ministering to Byzantine Catholics in 1880 and ten years later St. Michael the Archangel parish was established. The former Evangelical Mission Chapel at the corner of First and Bergen streets was purchased in 1891 and Father Nicephor Chanath became the parish's first resident pastor. Construction on the present church was begun in 1902 and it was completed in 1905. Property was acquired in 1917 that became St. Michael's Cemetery. In 1953 the former Passaic School No. 2 became St. Michael's School and classes began on September 9.

The Eparchy of Passaic was established on July 31, 1963 and St. Michael's Church became the cathedral. Construction began in 1985 on the Cathedral Chapel of St. Michael and Social Center in West Paterson. It was dedicated on May 31, 1987.

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