SS. Peter and Paul Church Accessible

East Herkimer, New York

SS. Peter and Paul Church

Founded 1916

Diocese: Diocese of New York and New Jersey

Deanery: New York State Deanery


305 Main Rd
East Herkimer, New York 13350-9605



Parish Contacts

Home: 607-785-0147


From east or west
NY State Thruway, exit at Herkimer.  Follow signs for 5 east, through the village of Herkimer.  Proceed over the West Canada Creek and up the hill.  The Church is on the left at the top of the hill.

From the south
Follow Route 28 north until you get to Route 5 east.  Go through the village of Herkimer.  Proceed over the West Canada Creek and up the hill.  The Church is on the left at the top of the hill.

Schedule of Services

5:00 PM Vespers (4:00 PM during darker months).
Saturday Evening

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday Morning

5:00 PM Vespers (4:00 PM during darker months).
Eves of Great Feasts

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts

For a complete list of upcoming services, please visit the Monthly Calendar on the parish website.

Parish Background

Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Herkimer has its roots in immigrants from Slavic countries who settled in the Mohawk Valley of upstate New York. The seeds for the church were sown by 25 Russian and Carpatho-Russians who organized the parish. The first service was held in an Episcopal Church in December 1916, by Father Peter Halkowich, who was appointed the first pastor of the parish by Metropolitan Platon.

In 1921, under the pastorate of Father Nicholas Hubiak (1921-1922), a permanent church structure was designed. It was to be built next to the parish home on Steele St. This project was approved by the bishop and a great deal of the construction was done by the members themselves. In July of 1925, the church was consecrated by Archbishop Platon. Father Paul Lisok (1925-1928) served the parish as rector during this period.

The parish struggled through this country’s most trying time, the Great Depression. By 1933, when Rev. Gregory Homka was the priest (1932-1939), the parish was able to purchase a plot of land in East Herkimer for a cemetery. It was consecrated by Metropolitan Theophil on August 9, 1936. At that same time, the parish celebrated its twentieth anniversary.

During the ensuing years the parish continued to grow with the addition of new families. This progress continued for many years as the church “grew and waxed strong.”

During the early 1960s it became apparent that the church building on Steele Street was much too small for the increasing number of parishioners. Led by Father Theodore Kondratick (1952-1970) and President Paul Sokol, the parish accepted a proposal for the building of a new church on March 31, 1963. Metropolitan Leonty gave his blessing. Ground was broken on May 24, 1964, on the top of a hill in East Herkimer, approximately 1 mile from the former church structure. Its breathtaking view of the valley and easy accessibility made it an ideal location for the new church. The new building was designed by Myron Jordan and built by Louis Cassella. The new house of worship, built to the Glory of God, was consecrated on August 1, 1965 by Archbishop Nikon. The parishioners paid for the construction. Many individuals and families bought ‘bonds’ to help reduce the mortgage. After the parish repaid the last bond in February of 1967, she planned a new rectory. Under the direction of Father Dimitri Oselinsky (1970-1978) and President William Homyk, construction of the new rectory was begun on July 25, 1971. The rectory mortgage was paid off on September 21, 1980.

One humble accomplishment of our parish has been the most surprisingly successful, Carpathian cookbook. This 2 year labor of love is called Recipes Bless the Heart and Home. It has more than 700 pages and 2000 recipes along with ethnic, religious, and items of special interest. Our own parishioner, Anne Anthony, accomplished all of the artwork. In 2002 the first 1000 copies sold in one week throughout the 50 states and more than 15 countries! Special sections are included for children and Lenten meals.

Throughout most of the parish’s 100 years many temporary priests have served. The special men who stayed are: Rev. Gregory Homka (1932-39); V. Rev. Dmitri Oselinsky (1970-78); Rt. Rev. Theodore Kondratick (1952-1970), who served 18 years; and last but not least we gratefully acknowledge the pastorate of Archpriest James Jadick (Ch. Lt. Col, 9018 ARS Denver, CO), who led our parish for 24 years from 1985-2009.

Glory to God!

When visiting the Mohawk Valley area, please stop and pray with us.