Father Thomas Nasta has been elected for a new term as national chaplain for the First Catholic Slovak Union of the United States and Canada.
The organization, a fraternal benefit society for members and their beneficiaries, elected Father Nasta to the position during its August convention in Philadelphia. It promotes Catholic action movements and Slovak culture, heritage and traditions, according to the group’s literature.
The archdiocesan priest is currently the pastor of Our Lady of Ransom Parish in Northeast Philadelphia.
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Along with congratulations to Father Nasta on his election to the chaplaincy of FCSU, I would urge him to use his position to advocate vigorously for the canonization of Bishop & Martyr Pavel Peter Gojdic who was martyred by the communists. His Excellency was persecuted for his heroic defense of the Church by successively the Hussite-biased Czechoslovak Republic, the Hlinka Guard of the Slovak puppet regime, the thugs of the Arrow Cross during the occupation of portions of His Excellency’s diocese by fascist Hungary, the terrorism of the Waffen SS and the depredations of the Soviet Red Army. Not only was Bishop Gojdic the Good Shepherd to the Catholic faithful, but His Excellency literally risked his life to save many Jews, and is recognized by the State of Israel as a Righteous Gentile. This last point is vital to counter the slander against the Slovak People for being a nation of anti-Semites.
Blessed Pavel Peter Gojdic, pray for us.
Vincent Tkac, Esquire