The Byzantine Catholic Churches of the Panther Valley will host an exhibit of the iconographic works of the late Rev. Dr. Dmytro Blazejowskyj on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 5-7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 16, from 3-6 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 104 East Bertsch Street, Lansford.
The exhibit will be also open to the public at St. Mary Church, 141 West High St., Nesquehoning, on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Rev. Blazejowskyj was born in 1910 in the Lemko region of Ukraine. He received his education in Peremysl from 1922-1930, and then studied philosophy and theology in Rome from 1933 to 1946.
He was ordained a priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on April 2, 1939. He later obtained a doctorate of theology from the Urbanaian University in Rome in 1942, and a doctorate of history from the Gregorian University, Rome in 1946.
He served many churches here in America since the time of his ordination. Since 1973 he published 13 books and six articles concerning the history of the Ukrainian Church.
In 1999, he opened a museum in L'viv of rare embroidered icons and pictures. Since that time, his collection has had 72 exhibitions in Ukraine, Canada, Italy, Belgium and the United States.
The members of the Byzantine Catholic Churches of the Panther Valley are excited and looking forward to welcoming the unique iconographic works of Fr. Blazejowskyj to their parishes.