ST. MARY'S ROMANIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH was established on 15 Aug. 1904 by 101
The new building, designed by Haralamb Georgescu of Los Angeles, was constructed in the style of the wooden churches of Transylvania. It featured porcelain enamel figures of Christ designed by Edward and Thelma Winter, icons carved by New Yorker Christopher Loveanu, and a 176' steeple topped by an aluminum cross. The church hall at the new site was destroyed by fire in July 1973. It was replaced in 1975 by a social hall with a library and a nationality museum.
St. Mary's first priest, Rev. Father Moise Balea, served from 1905Nov. 1907. He eventually established 20 parishes throughout the country and founded America, the first Romanian Orthodox newspaper published in the U.S. Six priests served the church between 190728. They were followed by Rev. John Trutza (192854) and Rev. Vasile Hategan (195482), who helped the church to grow and resolve some financial difficulties. Rev. Richard Grabowski of California succeeded Rev. Hategan in 1982. Rev. Father Remus Grama replaced Rev. Grabowski in 1990. The church facility underwent a complete renovation in 1994 to celebrate its 90th anniversary. In 1995 congregation membership stood at 550.
Hategan, Vasile. St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church (1979).