The eparchy (diocese) of the Ukrainian Byzantine Rite for Parma (Ohio), also known as St Josaphat, has received a new Eparch (bishop), the Vatican has announced.
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed as Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Josaphat in Parma of the Ukrainians (USA), Father Bohdan Danylo, from the clergy of the Stamford Eparchy of the Ukrainians, the present Rector of the Seminary of St. Basil the Great in the same eparchy. The Archeparchy, the metropolitan see for Ukrainian Rite Catholics in the USA, is located in Philadelphia.
Father Danylo was born 22 May 1971 in Giżycko, in the province of Suwalki in Poland, a country that borders Ukraine.
After studying philosophy in Lublin, he moved to the USA, where he received theological education at the Catholic University of America in Washington (DC) and was ordained a priest for the Eparchy of Stamford on October 1, 1996.
He speaks English, Ukrainian, Polish and Russian.
Since 2005 he has been the Rector of the Seminary of St. Basil the Great in Stamford and is the eparchial vocations director.
This comes as good news for a nationality which has suffered much recently at the hands of Russian incursions and land grabs in the Crimea and Donetsk area of the old country.