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."