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
The work of prayer belongs to the angels, and is, therefore, the special concern of the Church. Every other work, i.e., charity, nursing the brethren, visiting the sick, caring for prisoners, releasing captives, and other similar things, is done by the brethren in love and offered by them to God. Similarly, poverty, fasting, sleeping on the ground, prostrations, vigils, etc., are good and like a sacrifice to God, because they aim to subdue and humble the body so that we may be purified and approach God and become friends of God -- yet these things do not present us directly to God, whereas prayer does so and unites us with Him. A person praying acts towards God like a friend -- conversing, confiding, requesting -- and through this becomes one with our Maker Himself.
St. Symeon of Thessalonica