‘Axios!’ Most Reverend John S. Pazak Enthroned

Editor | July 31, 2016

Succeeds Bishop Gerald Dino as Fifth Bishop of the Eparchy of Phoenix

During the solemn celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy Wednesday July 20, 2016, Metropolitan
Archbishop William C. Skurla, in the presence Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, enthroned Most Reverend John S. Pazak as the fifth bishop of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian) Eparchy of Phoenix.

A former bishop of the Eparchy of Phoenix, Metropolitan William recited the prayers of enthronement, culminating with a robust chorus of “Axios!” (He is worthy!), echoed by the clergy, religious and faithful in attendance. The enthronement was celebrated at St. Helen Roman Catholic Church in Glendale, Ariz. due to space considerations.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of the Diocese of Tucson were among those attending the enthronement, along with many brother bishops including Bishop Kurt Burnette of the Eparchy of Passaic. After Archbishop Pierre read the official bulla, Metropolitan William, who also is the Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of Parma, offered the prayers of enthronement and presented the newly enthroned bishop with his pastoral staff. Continue reading

82nd Annual Pilgrimage has new prayerful feature

Editor | July 31, 2016
‘Festal Icon Walk’ aims to inspire prayer, contemplation of Feasts The Festal Icon Shrine of the Nativity of our Lord on the grounds of Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown, Pa. is one of the many stops along the “Festal Icon … Continue reading

Father Joseph Jugan Retires after 58 years in Ministry

Editor | July 31, 2016

Pastor of Canonsburg Parish honored at Farewell Socials On Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8 in their church hall, the parishioners of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Canonsburg, Pa. bid “farewell” to their pastor of 48 years – … Continue reading

Seminary Choir to tour U.S. Churches

Editor | July 31, 2016

Seven States and Washington, DC on 3-week Schedule The Orientale Lumen Foundation announces that a third Seminary Concert Tour is scheduled to take place September 11 through October 2 at Byzantine Catholic parishes and other sites throughout the Northeastern United … Continue reading

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THE HOLY MYSTERY OF MATRIMONY according to Byzantine Rite practice

The Holy Mystery (Sacrament) of Matrimony is one of the seven channels of divine grace, instituted by Christ, to sanctify and to support Christian family life. A Christian marriage is a vocation, that is a special invitation of God to two baptized persons to marital union, in order to devote themselves to the service of a new life in Christ. Continue reading