The Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the church's founding during a Mass at 3 p.m. Sunday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 5776 Broadway, Lancaster.
Bishop John F. Swantek, prime bishop of the church, will be principal celebrant of the Mass and Bishop Thaddeus Peplowski, who heads the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese, will be homilist. Clergy from 23 parishes will participate in the celebration.
Guests will include Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese and Bishop David C. Bowman of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York who will extend their churches' greetings.
The Polish National Catholic Church was organized in Scranton, Pa., in March, 1897, as a result of a dispute with officials of the Roman Catholic Church over administration and ownership of church property. Today it has nearly 300 parishes in the United States, Canada and Poland.
The church has preserved apostolic succession of clergy, or a direct link to the Apostles, through the Old Catholic Church in Europe.