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Ruthenian Catholic Eparchy of Parma

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Eparchy of Parma

Eparchia Parmensis Ruthenorum
St. John the Baptist Cathedral Parma.jpg
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the episcopal seat of the Eparchy, in Parma, Ohio
CountryUnited States
Ecclesiastical provincePittsburgh
HeadquartersParma, Ohio
- Catholics
(as of 2009)
DenominationByzantine Catholic
EstablishedFebruary 21, 1969 (50 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of St. John the Baptist
Current leadership
EparchMilan Lach
Bishops emeritusBishop John Michael Kudrick
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The Ruthenian Catholic Eparchy of Parma (Latin: Eparchia Parmensis Ruthenorum), commonly but inaccurately called Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, a suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (depending on the Roman Congregation for the Oriental Churches), is the eparchy (Eastern Catholic diocese) of the Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church in the Midwestern United States, in practice governing most Byzantine Rite Catholics in the Midwestern United States, hence informally also known as Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma. Its headquarters are located in Parma, Ohio. The Eparchy's Bishop is Milan Lach, SJ.

Its episcopal seat is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Parma, Ohio.

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As per 2014, the Eparchy pastorally served 9,020 Eastern Catholics in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio in 28 parishes and 5 missions with 36 priests (diocesan), 16 deacons, 6 lay religious (6 sisters), 2 seminarians. Ten parishes in the Youngstown, Ohio area are part of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.


  • The eparchy was erected on 21 February 1969 by Pope Paul VI as the Eparchy of Parma (of the Ruthenians) / Eparchia Parmen(sis) Ruthenorum (Latin), on US territory split off from its present Metropolitan, then the Eparchy (Diocese) of Pittsburgh).[1][2] On 22 March 1969, Father John Mihalik was appointed as its first ordinary.[3] He was consecrated as its eparch by Archbishop Stephen Kocisko on 12 June 1969.[3][4] On 30 May 1983, Father Andrew Pataki was appointed as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Eparchy of Passaic and consecrated by Kocisko on 23 August 1983 with the title of Titular Bishop of Telmissus.[4][5] When Mihalik died on 27 January 1984 Parma's see became sede vacante.[6][3] Pataki was appointed as the eparch on June 19, 1984 and was installed on August 16, 1985.[5]
  • The eparchy lost ecclesiastical territory on 3 December 1981 when the Eparchy of Van Nuys was erected.[6][7]

Episcopal Ordinaries

The following bishops have been appointed as ordinaries of Parma eparchy.[6]

  1. Emil John Mihalik (1969-1984)
  2. Andrew Pataki (1984-1995), appointed Bishop of Passaic of the Ruthenians
  3. Basil Myron Schott, O.F.M., (1996-2002), appointed Archbishop of Pittsburgh of the Ruthenians
  4. John Michael Kudrick (2002-2016)
  5. Milan Lach, S.J. (2018-present)



See also


  1. ^ "About Us". May 1, 2000. Archived from the original on February 14, 2014. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
  2. ^ "A Brief Description of the Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Church in the United States". April 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
  3. ^ a b c "Bishop Emil John Mihalik". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Archbishop Stephen John Kocisko". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Bishop Andrew Pataki". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Eparchy of Parma (Ruthenian)". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Eparchy of Holy Mary of Protection of Phoenix (Ruthenian)". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
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