Greek Catholic Rusin Publications
Among numerous publications that were printed for Greek Catholic Rusins in the United States, one such magazine was “Nebesnaja Carica-The Queen of Heaven.” This publication, begun in 1927, was published by The Greek Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. The magazine was issued as a “Monthly Devotion for American Rusin Catholics.” Published in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, this dual language magazine (English and Rusin) covered a wide range of spiritual and social topics. At approximately 25 pages, this was a much beloved publication and had an audience of young and old alike. Various topics were contained within these publications. Some topics were church history and services, stories from the “old country”, catechism lessons for the young, advertisements of a spiritual and secular nature, lives of the saints and information and photos regarding various devotion celebrations (i.e. Holy Rosary society anniversary, Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary processions).
The magazine also offered a way for Greek Catholic youth in America to learn their faith. In a period prior to the advent of formal religious educational classes, these publications were well received. Many topics covered were directed to the exclusive instruction of young people. There were also articles written for single and married couples. One such article about a Young People’s Marriage Forum drew over 7,800 people. They attended 18 lectures held during 14 weeks at Saint Peter and Paul Greek Catholic Church in Braddock, Pennsylvania. This forum had no restriction and it was reported along with Greek Catholics there were Roman Catholics, Protestants and those who had no religious affiliation in attendance. This forum was divided into those who were single and married so their lecture would be dedicated to them exclusively. Other lectures featured were Lenten missions, information about the Greek Catholic Church and spiritual retreats. Also, there were many quotes from the lives of the Saints, the Popes, explanations of the Mass and short topics written by various Greek Catholic priests within the Pittsburgh Diocese of this era. Amazingly, this publication survived until the 1960’s as it was very treasured. However, by this period it was becoming customary to issue a weekly newspaper (i.e. Byzantine Catholic World, Eastern Catholic Life) and with the ever increasing costs of printing and postage, Nebesnaja Carica-the Queen of Heaven was finally discontinued.