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

May 9, 2016 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop John Stephen Pazak, of theEparchy of Saints Cyril and Methodius, in Toronto, Canada, as bishop of theHoly Protection of Mary ByzantineCatholic Eparchy of Phoenix, Arizona, and acceptedthe resignation of Bishop Gerald Dino, 76, from the pastoral governance of thatdiocese.

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

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

Pope Francis also accepted the resignation of Bishop Sarhad Y. Jammo, 75, fromthe pastoral governance of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. Peter theApostle, San Diego, California, and appointed Bishop Shlemon Warduni, auxiliarybishop of the Patriarchate of Babylon, as the apostolic administrator of theeparchy.

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

Both, the Byzantine Eparchy of Parma and the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy ofSt. Peter the Apostle, are now sedevacante until new bishops are appointed. 

The Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix includes2,706 persons and embraces all Byzantine-Ruthenian Rite Catholics inCalifornia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana,Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.

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