Our Parish History

Our Church in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Usnutia Bohorodičky) is one of several Slovak Byzantine Catholic churches that are part of the Slovak Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Canada. The Slovak Byzantine Catholic liturgy was celebrated for the first time in Hamilton by three Slovak Byzantine Catholic priests in Old Slavonic (Church Slavonic) in 1952 and a short time later, the first pastor was appointed and land was purchased for our soon to be built church.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Slovak Byzantine Catholic Church in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Dec. 14, 1952 Three priests, Fr. Michal Rusnak, CSsR, Fr. Ludvik Mina, CSsR, and Father Ondrej Krafcik, CSsR celebrated the Slovak Byzantine Catholic liturgy in Old Slavonic for the first time in Hamilton in the Ukrainian Church of the Holy Ghost
Sept. 1953 Fr. Frantisek Jozef Fuga was appointed as the first pastor of our soon to be built Slovak Byzantine Catholic church
Oct. 1954 Land at 1406 Barton Street East for building the church, hall and rectory was purchased
In 1956 The groundbreaking ceremony took place
Dec. 22, 1957 Construction of the chapel, rectory and hall began and was blessed by Bishop Borecky
In 1963 Construction of the church began
In May 1970 Artist Igor Sukhachev started to paint the icons in the church
November 9, 1987 The Very Reverend Monsignor Frantisek Jozef Fuga (Mitred Arch-Priest) passed away at the age of 64 and was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Burlington, Ontario on November 13, 1987
From November 1987 to April 1990 Fr. Jozef Papulay was appointed administrator of our church
From April 1990 to the end of February 1996 Fr. Jozef Mucha was appointed administrator of our church
From March 1996 to June 30, 1999 Fr. Peter Tomas was appointed administrator of our church
July 2, 1999 Fr. Jozef Mucha was re-appointed administrator of our church
Oct. 1, 2001 Fr. Jozef Mucha was appointed pastor of our church
Dec. 14, 2002 Our parish celebrated its 50th anniversary
Dec. 14, 2012 Our parish celebrated its 60th anniversary
Dec. 14, 2022 Our parish will celebrate its 70th anniversary