Ss. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Moscow Patriarchate
A Brief History of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church Scranton, Pennsylvan



Under the inspiration and guidance of Archpriest Alexis Toth (glorified as Saint Alexis of Wilkes-Barre in 1994), a group of Eastern European immigrants in Scranton organized the Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Brotherhood in 1896. This Brotherhood was the genesis of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Scranton, Pennsylvania.

With the blessing of Saint Alexis, in March, 1897, construction of a church was begun in Scranton’s West side at 1820 Division Street. Later that same year, His Excellency Bishop NICHOLAS consecrated the newly-constructed church under the heavenly protection of Saints Peter and Paul the Chiefs-of-the-Apostles.

The parish grew and prospered. Tragically, however, the church suffered a disastrous fire on two separate occasions: first on 18 January, 1912, and then again on 24 February, 1969. Following the second fire, the parish decided to relocate a block away on a tract of land at the corner of Washburn Street and South Fillmore Avenue.  On 12 July, 1970, the Feast of Apostles Peter and Paul, His Excellency Bishop DOSITHEUS blessed the ground breaking for a new church.   Following the completion of the edifice, on 19 March, 1972, the church was consecrated and the first Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Excellency Bishop MARK.

In 1987 The 5th Convocation of the Patriarchal Parishes was held at Saints Peter and Paul in Scranton. Hierarchs and representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate celebrated the Divine Liturgy and discussed many important issues regarding life in the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA.

On Sunday, 5 October, 1997, the One Hundredth Anniversary of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Scranton, Pennsylvania, was observed. His Excellency Bishop PAUL celebrated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy and solemnly blessed the refurbished bells which now summon believers to worship.

The One Hundred and Tenth Anniversary of the Parish was celebrated on Sunday, 14 October, 2007, the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God.

The One Hundred and Twentieth Anniversary of the Parish was celebrated on May 7, 2017, the Feast of Saint Alexis of Wilkes Barre.


Saint ALEXIS (Toth) of Wilkes-Barre  Founding Pastor

Father Alexis Bogoslavsky, Father Alexander Yanovsky, Father Sergei Bazilevich,

Father Alexander Lupinovich, Father Policarp Cherniavsky, Archpriest Ignatius

Lachno, Father John Hanziuk, Archimandrite Ioanicky (Krasko), Father John Kivko,

Father Peter Felenchak, Archpriest John Zeltonoga, Mitred Archpriest Dimitry S.

Kudrikoff, Archpriest Alexander Golubov,  Mitred Archpriest Basil Micek.