Lithuanian National Catholic Church

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The Lithuanian National Catholic Church was a small American denomination organized in 1914 by dissident Roman Catholic Lithuanians in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Massachusetts. It later affiliated with the Polish National Catholic Church.

The Right Reverend John Gritenas was consecrated on August 17, 1924, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as this church’s only bishop.

Lithuanian National Catholic parishes included:

  • Providence of God Lithuanian National Catholic Church, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus of the Lithuanian National Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts

A similar denomination was the Slovak National Catholic Church, also affiliated with the PNCC.


  • John Zenon Jasinski, Apostolic Succession in the Polish National Catholic Church (Scranton: no publisher, no date).

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