About FCSU

"Providing personal service and trust since 1890"

Our Mission

Since 1890 our mission has been to provide financial security for our members through competitive investment products, while offering them the fraternal benefits of community-based member events. Today, we continue to not only to protect your family financially, but also enlighten and uplift it through spiritual and cultural programs.

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Our History

September 4, 1890

Twelve men under the leadership of Father Stephen Furdek of Cleveland, Ohio, gathered at the home of Jacob Gruss on Corwin Avenue in Cleveland and formed the First Catholic Slovak Union.

Today, Jednota has approximately $330 million of insurance in force and over $375 million in assets.

1890s

The Jednota branches were instrumental in the founding of hundreds of Catholic parishes in the United States and Canada.

1891

FCSU published the first edition of its renowned bilingual newspaper, Jednota.

Today, Jednota is read not only by members but by people interested in Catholic and Slovak life in the United States and in other parts of the world.

1914

After years of providing support to widows and orphans through a "Poor Fund", FCSU opened the Jednota Home and Immaculate Conception School in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

Since its closing in 1969, the 300 acres are gradually being developed by the Society for the benefits of the members.

1920s

FCSU was involved with the founding of Saint Cyril Academy in Danville, Pennsylvania, and Benedictine High School in Cleveland, Ohio, both designed to educate the children of Slovak immigrants.

1965

FCSU donated the Jednota Chapel of Our Mother of Sorrows at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

December 6, 1990

The merger of the First Catholic Slovak Union and the Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Union was approved by the Board of Directors of each organization.

1993

Through its newspaper, publications, and leadership, the Jednota, since its inception, has tirelessly and vigorously championed the fight for Slovak independence which culminates in the birth of the Slovak Republic in 1993.

2015

FCSU celebrated it's 125th Anniversary with various celebrations held all over the US and Canada.

September 12, 2015

50th Anniversary of the Chapel of Our Mother of Sorrows at the National Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

This award winning structure, donated by the First Catholic Slovak Union first opened in 1965, and is the National Shrine’s most visited chapel.

September 13, 2015

Jednota Memorial Dedication located on the Jednota Estates grounds in Middletown, PA.

The Memorial is to honor all deceased members, whether or not they were war veterans. However, special honor is given to all who were Jednota veterans of war since WWI to present.

Jednota Memorial Granite Bricks are Available for Purchase - All those who purchase a brick in the granite panels found throughout the Memorial will receive a photo of the panel on which their brick is mounted. Learn More