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Holy Spirit Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church was dedicated on June 15, 1969 under the Pastorate of Reverend Father Lawrence Slavik. Its history had actually begun much earlier when immigrants from Eastern Europe were attracted to and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. The worship of Almighty God according to their own traditions and customs lead them to establishing their own Byzantine Rite Catholic Church. On September 14, 1909, the first meeting to organize a new parish was held and a month later, Holy Ghost Greek Catholic Church was granted its charter by the State of Ohio. Property located at West 14th street and Kenilworth, SW, was purchased and by February of 1910, construction had begun on Holy Ghost Greek Catholic Church. This was under the Pastorate of Very Reverend Joseph Hanulya. Soon after, 31 acres of land in the suburb of Parma was purchased to be used for a cemetery.

In May, 1965, it was realized that a new parish was needed, due to a changing neighborhood, especially the disruption caused by the construction of the Innerbelt Freeway of I-71 and I -80. Therefore, the most logical parcel of land to relocate Holy Ghost Parish to would be the Eastern most parcel of Holy Ghost Cemetery on West 54th Street in Parma, Ohio. On Sunday, September 17, 1967, ground was broken for the new Holy Spirit Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church, Catechetical Center and Social Hall.

In 1984, Reverend Father Donald Petyo, began a renovation project to change the interior of the church into a more traditional Byzantine Catholic Church. An Iconostasis was installed and a new Chandelier. The Sanctuary was remodeled. Since that time, many pastors have come and gone, each leaving their own contributions to Holy Spirit parish family. Presently, we are under the spiritual direction of our pastor, Reverend Father James Batcha, a native Clevelander.






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