Albanian Greek-Catholic Church

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Albanian Greek-Catholic Church

Rite: Byzantine

Tradition: Byzantine-Greek

Rescension: Greek

Liturgical Form: Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Liturgical Languages: Albanian & Greek

The Albanian Greek-Catholic Church (not to be confused with the Byzantine Italo-Greico-Albanian Church) is a Church sui iuris of Eparchial status, but is formally sine episcopi (without hierarchy) at this time.

The Church was instituted in 1660, when a group of Albanian Orthodox faithful, led by their hierarch, entered communion with Rome. In 1692, the Archeparchy of Durres of the Byzantine Albanians was established, but was canonically suppressed in 1816 on the death of Archbishop Giuseppe Ageluni, OSBM, of blessed memory. The remaining mission became dormant within a quarter century thereafter, due to Turkish intervention.

An effort to erect a canonical jurisdiction in 1895, after another group of Albanian Orthodox entered communion with Rome, failed because of objections posed by the civil authorities.

The present-day Church is ordinarily dated from 1900, when an Albanian Orthodox archimandrite, Father George Germanos, of blessed memory, was received into communion , together with his congregation. Four decades later, in 1939, an Apostolic Administration was finally established. However, in 1945, it was civilly suppressed by the Communist government, a situation that persisted until late in the twentieth century.

The jurisdiction was reconstituted in 1996 and, presently, the Church is canonically organized under it, styled as the Apostolic Administration for Southern Albania (Albania Meridionale).

The Church has no organized presence in the diaspora; all Albanian parishes outside the country are national parishes serving according to the Latin Rite. 


A photograph of the Servant of God Papa Josef Mihali accompanies the link to listings for this Church.

Papa Joseph, a priest of the Apostolic Administration, was arrested by the Communists in 1948 for the crime of conducting religious services and refused demands to renounce his Church. On 26 October 1948, after suffering beating and torture, he was martyred in odium fidei  by being submerged, alive, in the swamp adjacent to the extermination camp at Maliq, Kosce, Albania.

His Cause for Beatification is presently before the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints, together with those of 39 other martyred Latin and Byzantine Catholic Albanian clergy, religious, and laity.


Icon: The Miraculous Icon Zoje e Shkodres, Our Lady of Shkodra, Patroness of Albania, venerated in the West as Our Lady of Good Counsel


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All Albanian Greek-Catholic parishes and missions in Albania
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Metro Area: Elbasan (ALBANIA)
Holy Virgin Mary Albanian Greek-Catholic Church
Status: UNSERVED COMMUNITY
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Metro Area: Vlore (ALBANIA)
Albanian Greek-Catholic Pro-Cathedral of St Mary & St Louis
Status: ACTIVE CATHEDRAL
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Teachings of Christ

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 ESV)

Holy Angels

O Supreme Leaders of the heavenly armies, * we, who are unworthy, ever beseech you, * that through your prayers you may surround us * with the shelter of the wings of your immaterial glory, * watching over us who fervently fall down and cry out: * “Deliver us from perils, * for you are the commanders of the Powers on high!” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O Supreme Leaders of the armies of God * and ministers of the Divine Glory, * princes of angels and guides of men, * ask for us what is expedient for us and for great mercy, * for you are the leaders of the Bodiless Hosts. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold." (Proverbs 3:13,14 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Even a pious person is not immune to spiritual sickness if he does not have a wise guide -- either a living person or a spiritual writer. This sickness is called _prelest_, or spiritual delusion, imagining oneself to be near to God and to the realm of the divine and supernatural. Even zealous ascetics in monasteries are sometimes subject to this delusion, but of course, laymen who are zealous in external struggles (podvigi) undergo it much more frequently. Surpassing their acquaintances in struggles of prayer and fasting, they imagine that they are seers of divine visions, or at least of dreams inspired by grace. In every event of their lives, they see special intentional directions from God or their guardian angel. And then they start imagining that they are God's elect, and often try to foretell the future. The Holy Fathers armed themselves against nothing so fiercely as against this sickness -- prelest.

Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky