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Pope Francis names Bishop Pazak as head of Phoenix Eparchy; Bishops Skurla, Warduni as Apostolic Administrators

 
May 9, 2016

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop John Stephen Pazak, of the Eparchy of Saints Cyril and Methodius, in Toronto, Canada, as bishop of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix, Arizona, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Gerald Dino, 76, from the pastoral governance of that diocese.

John Stephen Pazak was born August 13, 1946, in Gary, Indiana. He was professed a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in 1965, and was ordained a priest in 1972. He was named Bishop of Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto, Canada, in 2000, and ordained bishop in 2001.

Pope Francis also named Archbishop William Skurla of the Byzantine Archeparchy of Pittsburg, as apostolic administrator of the Byzantine Eparchy of Parma, Ohio, and accepted the resignation of Bishop John Kudrick.

Pope Francis also accepted the resignation of Bishop Sarhad Y. Jammo, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, San Diego, California, and appointed Bishop Shlemon Warduni, auxiliary bishop of the Patriarchate of Babylon, as the apostolic administrator of the eparchy.

The appointments were publicized in Washington, May 7, by Msgr. Walter Erbì, chargé d' affaires of the Nunciature of the United States.

Both, the Byzantine Eparchy of Parma and the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, are now sede vacante until new bishops are appointed. 

The Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix includes 2,706 persons and embraces all Byzantine-Ruthenian Rite Catholics in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.

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