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The Pysanky Tradition at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary

The Pysanky Tradition at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary

In the late 19th century immigrants from Central Europe came to America with an unwavering faith in God and a deep love for their Eastern Christian Church with its rich liturgical services and cherished traditions. Offspring of those first immigrants were among the first students at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary, and a number of those seminarians continued the tradition of crafting Pysanky [Paschal/Resurrection eggs]. They and students after them passed on the tradition to new students, a practice that extended from 1950 until the 1980s. Seminary graduates and alumni continued the tradition by conducting classes throughout the Metropolia through the 20th century and into the 21st century.

–Pysanky crafted by Fred Petro, Seminary student 1965-1971