Thanksgiving and Honor
The following tribute to Father Myron Badnerosky was written and published in 2016 on the occasion of the sixty-second anniversary of the founding of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish (OLPH), his 57th year as pastor and the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the holy priesthood. The parishioners of OLPH gathered to honor and thank him for selflessly dedicating himself to their well-being.
Father has a remarkable relationship with his parishioners. He interacts well with the children and youth. The same love and respect he showed his parents is shown to the elderly of the parish. He brings solace and comfort to the sick and dying and to those caring for them. In times of sorrow, grief, and tears, he is there supporting us and holding us up.
During the fifty-five years of his pastorate at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Father Myron has tended to his parishioners’ spiritual needs with great zeal. Through his talented stewardship and tireless financial efforts, Father Myron has helped ensure that his parishioners will have a beautiful place of worship for many years to come.
In Tribute to Our Father Myron God blessed Father Myron with many talents. He has a beautiful voice, is artistic, has an extensive vocabulary, delivers interesting sermons, has a fantastic memory, is caring, sympathetic, and compassionate, and has a unique sense of humor. Father has used these graces in his service to the Lord and for 57 or his 60 years as a priest at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Levittown PA. He retired in 2016 and after briefly serving as a pastor in residence, he moved out of the area.
The Early Years
The son of Michael Andrew and Anna Molnar Badnerosky, both of blessed memory, Father Myron was graduated from McKeesport Technical High School in 1948. After deciding to study for the priesthood instead of pursuing a career in medicine, he studied at Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Illinois. Two years later he entered the newly-built Saints Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While at Saints Cyril and Methodius, Father Myron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was ordained to the holy priesthood on the twentieth day of May, 1956, the Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost Sunday, by the Most Reverend Bishop, Nicholas T. Elko.
After his ordination, Father Myron was appointed a Curate to the Church of Saint Michael in Passaic, New Jersey. In 1957, he was appointed a Curate to the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Braddock, Pennsylvania. He was later appointed a Curate to the Church of the Holy Ghost in Cleveland Ohio in 1958. In 1959, he was assigned both as the week-end administrator of the Church of Saint John in Avella, Pennsylvania, and to the Chancery Office.
A Lifetime in Levittown
On June 19, 1959, Father Myron was appointed the Administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, where he has remained ever since. In the coming 55 years, he celebrated the Divine Liturgy faithfully in the hall(mortgage burned in 1964), grew the parish, built the church(mortgage burned in 1986) and more importantly, built spiritual lives with all those he touched. Everyone who knew him had a “Father Myron story” in their life. His dedication to Christ and His Church is truly remarkable. Except during a brief convalescence from surgery, he has never missed celebrating the Divine Liturgy or administering the Holy Sacraments. He has visited the ill, listened to the troubled, and faithfully guided the spiritual path of his parishioners according to Christ’s precepts and Catholic doctrine.
Mnohaja l’ita i blahaja l’ita –
May God grant him many happy and blessed years!