Eastern Catholic Community in Hawaii
Saint Sophia Eastern Catholic Church is the only community of Eastern Catholics within the state of Hawaiʻi and is located on the island of Oʻahu. The community meets Sunday mornings at 10:30am for Divine Liturgy in the oratory chapel of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Kuliʻouʻou at 5919 Kalanianaole Highway. The current pastor of Saint Sophia is a bi-ritual priest, the Reverend Halbert Weidner, C.O. While remaining a Ukrainian Greek Catholic mission of the Eparchy of Saint Nicholas in Chicago, the parish ministers to the needs of all Eastern Catholics within the state.
Eastern Catholics from western Ukraine began arriving in 1897, as part of a wave of emigration from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. However these were often ensnared into indentured servitude on sugar plantations in Hawaii, and were not able to develop their own churches. Ukrainian Catholic, Orthodox, and Jewish clergy in mainland North America pressured the San Francisco Chronicle to investigate, and on July 24, 1899 the newspaper's headline blared "Slavery in Hawaii Under the American Flag". Once freed, many of the Ukrainians departed for Canada, where there was a larger wave of Ukrainian settlement and many had relatives.
Beginning in 1975, the community met for many years for Divine Liturgy at St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church, Kalihi Kai, Honolulu with the late Reverend Archimandrite Jules C. E. Riotte, Episcopal vicar for the Eastern Rite. The community subsequently met at Saint Sophia Chapel in Waiʻanae, with Reverend Philip Harmon as its pastor.
On October 29, 2005, Most Reverend Richard Stephen Seminack, Eparch of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saint Nicholas in Chicago visited Hawaiʻi, announced the retirement of Father Harmon, the move of the parish to Kuliʻouʻou, and the grant of bi-ritual eparchial faculties to Reverend Halbert Weidner, C.O., pastor of Holy Trinity Church. Bishop Seminack installed Father Weidner as the pastor of Saint Sophia Ukrainian Greek Catholic mission parish. Father Weidner and two other bi-ritual priests as well as various visiting clergy of the Eparchy presently serve the community.
The Eastern Catholic Community of Hawaii is not to be confused with the Eastern Orthodox Communities of Hawaii; the Russian Orthodox Church in Hawaii, the Serbian Orthodox Church in Hawaii, the Greek Orthodox Church in Hawaii, and the American Orthodox Church in Hawaii. These communities are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
- Honolulu Star Bulletin, April 15, 2006, article by Mary Adamski entitled "Old Egg Artistry (Pysankay)"
- Honolulu Star Bulletin, October 29, 2005, article by Mary Adamski entitled "Church gets fresh start in new home; St. Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Church aims for regular services with its new priest"
- St. Sophia Greek Catholic Mission
- Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy
- Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saint Nicholas in Chicago - listing at catholic-hierarchy.org
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