Eastern Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church

Our Organizer

His Early Life

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  • Francis Hodur was born near Cracow, Poland. One of seven children in a poor family.
  • While preparing for the priesthood at the Jagiellonian Univesity, he was an exceptional student.
  • He emigrated to the U.S. in 1893. That same year, he was ordained as a preist.
  • On the 14th of March 1897, Father Hodur became pastor of St. Stanislaus Cathedral, Scranton, PA.
  • On Sept 29, 1907, Father Hodur was consecrated bishop by Old Catholic Bishops in Utretcht, Holland.
His Beliefs
  • Father Hodur was devoted to Christianity, and believed that Christ’s ideals should be lived by everyone.  He sought to promote the human dignity of the Polish people.
  • Love for the Polish people led him to encourage their unity in God and loyalty to America while maintaining deep respect for Poland.
Accomplishments as  Church Leader
  • Composed the “Confession of Faith” and “The Eleven Great Principles”
  • Published the first church newspaper, Straz, in 1897.
  • Visit Poland 18 times to teach the beliefs of the Polish National Catholic Church.
  • Organized the Polish National Union, Spojnia (A Christian Fraternal Organization) .
  • Created a home for the aged and a camp for the children and youth.
  • Published the current Church newspaper, “God’s Field” (Rola Boza), in 1923.

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