Bishop Named for Ukrainian Eparchy in Ohio

Father Bohdan Danylo Is Polish-Born Seminary Rector

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Pope Francis has named Father Bohdan J. Danylo, 43, rector of St. Basil Seminary, in Stamford, Connecticut, as bishop the Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio.  

The appointment was publicized in Washington, August 7, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Bishop-elect Danylo succeeds Auxiliary Bishop John Bura of Philadelphia Ukrainian, who has been serving as apostolic administrator of the Parma diocese since 2009 upon the retirement of Bishop Robert M. Moskal.

Bohdan J. Danylo was born in Gizycko, Poland, on May 22, 1971 and came to the United States in 1992. He was ordained a priest in 1996 and made an archpriest in 2007.

Bishop-elect Danylo holds a bachelor of philosophy degree from Katolicki Uniwersytet, Lubelski, Lublin, Poland and a bachelor of sacred theology degree from The Catholic University of America. After ordination he pursued graduate studies at St. Vladimir’s Theological Academy, in Crestwood, New York and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome.

Assignments after ordination included associate pastor, St. Michael’s Parish, Hartford, Connecticut, 1996-1997; dean of men, St. Basil College Seminary, 1997-2001; vice rector, St. Basil College Seminary, 2001-2004; and rector/president of St. Basil College Seminary, 2005 to the present.

There are an estimated 8,378 Catholics in the Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Josaphat. The jurisdiction extends territorially through Ohio, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Western Pennsylvania.