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The Eparchy of Parma is marking its 50th Anniversary this Year.

Established officially by Papal Decree February 21, 1969

The Eparchy of Parma is marking its 50th anniversary this year. Blessed Pope Paul VI issued a decree February 21, 1969 which transformed the status of the Byzantine Catholic Church in the United States, creating the Metropolia of Pittsburgh with two suffragan eparchies — Passaic and Parma. Prior to that each were part of the Eparchy of Pittsburgh.
 
Most Reverend Milan Lach, SJ, Bishop of the Eparchy of Parma, reflected on the 50 year history of the Eparchy.  "We do this in thanksgiving, recognizing the many examples of sacrifice, piety, dedication and vitality that resulted in growth, especially in the 1970s and 80s. Without a doubt, many souls were led to their heavenly reward. With gratitude we remember that cloud of witnesses — the bishops, priests, religious and laity, who, in countless ways offered testimony to their faith."

Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Rockville Centre auxiliary bishop appointed to lead Diocese of Columbus

Installation set for March 29, 2019

Pope Francis named Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, as the 12th bishop of the diocese of Columbus. Bishop-designate Brennan will replace Bishop Campbell, who reached the mandatory retirement age for bishops when he turned 75 last August. 

“It makes me incredibly happy to walk this journey with you, to lead the Church of Columbus, to serve as your Pastor,” Bishop Brennan said in a statement.  “I look forward to walking the journey with you as your pastor sharing the ‘Joy of the Gospel’ and the ‘Splendor of Truth.’  And if we can laugh, and sing, and raise our voices in praise of God along the way, then all the better.  I am already praying fervently for the Church of Columbus every day.  May I humbly ask your prayers for me." 

Bishop Campbell will continue to lead the Columbus diocese until the new bishop is installed on Friday, March 29, at St. Joseph Cathedral. 

Pope Francis Names the Most Reverend Milan Lach, SJ, as Bishop of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma

WELCOME BISHOP LACH !

Pope Francis has appointed as Bishop of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma, the Most Reverend Milan Lach, SJ, who up until now served as apostolic administrator of the Eparchy. The Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma is the Catholic eparchy governing most Ruthenian Catholics in the mid-western United States. It is headquartered in Parma, Ohio.

Bishop Lach, 44, was born in Kežmarok, Slovakia. In 1992, he was admitted to the Greek-catholic seminary in Prešov and in 1995 entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Trnava, Slovakia. He continued his studies at Trnava University and also studied at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, where he obtained a master's degree from the Eastern Church Sciences and later, a doctorate degree. In 2009, he began working at the Center of Spirituality East – West of Michal Lacko in Košice, Slovakia.

He was ordained a deacon of the Society of Jesus on November 11, 2000, and was ordained a priest on July 1, 2001. He was appointed the auxiliary bishop of Prešov and titular bishop of Ostracine on April 19, 2013. He was ordained as auxiliary bishop of Prešov and titular bishop of Ostracine, June 1, 2013.  On June 24, 2017, Pope Francis named Bishop Lach as apostolic administrator of the sede vacante (vacant see) of the Epharcy of Parma for the Ruthenians.

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Bishop Nelson Perez Installation as Bishop of Cleveland

Bishop Perez: I’m humbled and absolutely thrilled

Pope Francis has named Bishop Nelson Perez, Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre, as the new Bishop of Cleveland. 

Bishop Perez, Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre, was born June 16, 1961, in Miami, Florida, and ordained a priest for the Philadelphia Archdiocese on May 20, 1989.

Bishop Perez is a current member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and is also Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs.

WELCOME BISHOP PEREZ!

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