Our First Bishop
Father Franciszek Hodur (April 1, 1866 - Feb. 16, 1953)
Francis Hodur was born near Krakow, Poland. He was one of seven children in a poor family.
While preparing for the priesthood at the Jagiellonian University, he was an exceptional student.
He emigrated to the U.S. in 1893. That same year, he was ordained as a priest.
On the 14th of March 1897, Father Hodur became pastor of St. Stanislaus Cathedral, Scranton, PA.
On Sept 29, 1907, Father Hodur was consecrated as bishop by the Old Catholic Church bishops in Utrecht, Holland
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 a Church Leader
Composed the “Confession of Faith” and “The Eleven Great Principles”
Published the first church newspaper, Straz, in 1897.
Visited 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 Boża), in 1923.