of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church was founded by a small
group of people from the Eugene area, some of whom had belonged to the
Ukrainian Catholic Church
or other Eastern Churches in other parts of the country.
Their efforts, which began in August 1978, brought about the Byzantine
Rite Liturgy on February 12, 1979. Prior to December 1979 this parish
was simply the Byzantine mission in Eugene.
In December 1981 Fr. Richard Janowicz
was sent by the Ruthenian Catholic Bishop of Parma, Ohio, to become the
first full-time pastor, with regular services being held at the Marist
High School chapel. In January 1983 property was purchased on
704 Aspen Street in Springfield
for the future site of the church.
To better serve the congregation, the parish was transferred to the care
Ukrainian Catholic Bishop of Chicago
In 1990 the church building was completed and the first
Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Christmas Day. Although most members
of our church at its founding in 1979 were Ukrainian, we now reflect a
wide diversity of people and cultures including converts of many backgrounds.
Divine Liturgy is every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend!