Our Church History

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.  ~  Romans 15:4

This page will soon contain, what we hope will be, a very comprehensive history of our church building, our parish, our priests, our choirs, our parishioners, and our special events over the many years since St. John's was founded in the 1940s.  In fact, our Diocese was born here and St. John's was originally built, and served as, our Diocesan Cathedral.  The building itself is modeled after the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris, France and has many wonderful architectural features which will be detailed on this page as well. 


There is a wealth of information and pictures to review and compile to tell a comprehensive history of St. John's and we need your help!

Please contact the Webmaster or Church President with anything you would like to contribute to our compilation such as pictures of the building, special events, the old Parish House, the old Church Center, church picnics, sporting events, etc. Any documents such as event programs, newspaper articles, etc. could be a vital detail to complete a story.  All documents and pictures will be scanned and returned to you ASAP.  Take a look in your attics and closets and see what treasures you can find!


St. John’s American Carpatho-Russian Male Chorus

The chorus was first organized by former Choir Director/Cantor, Prof. Andrew M. Griz who felt that in a parish of our size, it would be possible to form an all-male chorus. The first rehearsal was held on May 14, 1957 with the goal of performing just two months later. The Male Chorus made its initial showing on July 14, 1957 at the historic Ritz Ballroom in Bridgeport at a church dinner celebration marking the “Burning of the Mortgage”. Not long after, the St. John’s Board of Directors then assigned the chorus to sing the Divine Liturgy responses in English the first Sunday of every month, a tradition that continued for over 25 years...To read the entire article click on the Male Chorus picture on the left.

Click on the images above to enjoy St. John's Male Chorus on YouTube!
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