St. Stephen Magyar Parish in Passaic celebrated its
110th anniversary with Bishop Serratelli as main
celebrant of an anniversary Mass Sept. 20.
Concelebrating the Mass with the Bishop was Father
Laszlo Vas, St. Stephen’s administrator; Father Kevin
Corcoran, the bishop’s priest/secretary; Father Stefan
Las, pastor of Holy Rosary, Passaic; Msgr. Stanley
Lesniowski, pastor of St. Joseph’s, Passaic; Father John
Connolly, pastor of Sacred Heart and administrator of Ss.
Cyril & Methodius, both in Clifton; Msgr. John Demkovich,
diocesan mission director; and Father Steven Kaznica of
Ss. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Passaic.
The 110-year old parish community was founded when
Hungarians of the Roman rite became a growing presence
in the city of Passaic along with immigrants from Poland
and Slovakia, who had flocked here to work in the
flourishing textile mills. It was in March 1903, when
the parish was incorporated and named for the first
Christian King of Hungary.