This Directory component is divided into sections for each of the 24 Eastern and Oriental Catholic Churches sui iuris (including the Georgian Greek-Catholic Church, which now exists only in blessed memory) that, together with the Latin Catholic Church, constitute the Catholic Communion. Additionally, there are five sections specific to ethnic, cultural, or ritual communities of faithful which do not themselves constitute Churches sui iuris but, rather, represent distinct constituent entities within a Church sui iuris. The entries in each of those sections are cross-listed in the section devoted to its parent Church sui iuris.
Each section seeks to include all active parishes and missions of a particular Church and, in some instances (chiefly in the diaspora) also lists historical entries. To understand the purpose, nature, and scope of the latter, we recommend reading the detailed explanation of historical entries at Frequently Asked Questions.
Photograph: Servant of God Papa Josif Mihali, Martyr
Photograph: Servant of God Father Archimandrite & Exarch Fabian Abrantovich, MIC, Martyr
Icon: Saint Nicholas the Wonder-Worker
Photograph: Servant of God Father Ragheed Ganni, Martyr
Icon: Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, Confessor
Photograph: Venerable Abba Felice Maria Ghebreamlak, O.Cist.
Servant of God, Father Exarch Shio Batmalashvili, Martyr
Icon: Saint Nilus the Younger
Photograph: Blessed Mathew Makil, Proto-Hierarch of Kottayam of the Knanaites
Icon: Saint Clement of Ohrid
Photograph: Venerable Hieromonk Beshara Abou-Mrad, BSO
Photograph: Servant of God Eparch Juliu Cardinal Hossu, Martyr
Photograph: Blessed Exarch Leonid Feodorov, Proto-Hierarch & Martyr
Portrait: Blessed Bishop Pavel Gojdic, OSBM, Martyr
Photograph: Sister Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception, FCC
No one has to be embarrassed over his sinful state. ‘There is no man who, while living, does not sin,’ and the more sinful the man, the stronger will be God’s help in leading him out of his sinful mire. But the help of God comes only when the sinner repents with heartfelt contrition and has the will to reform. Not seeing in himself enough strength of soul to break away from sinful deeds, he asks for God’s help. This is where the mercy of God, Who does not wish the death of the sinner but wants him to be converted and live, is often evident.… If the voice of conscience awakens in us a feeling of remorse or repentance, then we must pray fervently to the Guardian Angel of our human existence that he may keep us from corrupt downfalls and help us ‘serve God with fear and trembling.’
Elder Macarius of Optina