Andrew Pataki

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His Excellency, Most Reverend Andrew Pataki, J.C.L., D.D - The Carpathian Connection

His Grace
Andrew Pataki
Bishop Emeritus of Passaic for the Byzantines
Other posts Bishop of Passaic for the Byzantines (1996–2007)
Bishop of Parma for the Byzantines (1984–1996)
Auxiliary Bishop of Passaic for the Byzantines (1983–1984)
Orders
Ordination February 24, 1952
Consecration August 23, 1983
Personal details
Born (1927-08-30)August 30, 1927
Palmerton, Pennsylvania
Died December 8, 2011(2011-12-08) (aged 84)

Andrew Pataki (August 30, 1927 – December 8, 2011) was an Eastern Catholic hierarch, the second bishop of Parma for the Byzantines, and the third bishop of Passaic for the Byzantines.

Life[edit]

Andrew Pataki was born in Palmerton, Pennsylvania in 1927.[1] He attended elementary school in Palmerton Public Schools, and went to Central Catholic High School in Allentown.[2] Afterwards, he continued his education at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.[2] He began studying for the priesthood in 1944, earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Procopius College-Seminary in Lisle, Illinois in 1948.[2] He completed his studies at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh and on February 24, 1952, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Daniel Ivancho for the eparchy of Passaic in the seminary chapel.[1][2]

The newly ordained Father Pataki earned his license in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, after which he was appointed the rector of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary.[2] From 1973 until 1978, Pataki served on the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of the Eastern Code of Canon Law; he was also elevated to the rank of a Prelate of Honor by Pope Paul VI.[2]

He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Passaic on June 14, 1983, with the titular see of Telmissus.[2] He was consecrated a bishop on August 23 of the same year.[1] On June 19, 1984 he was appointed the bishop of Parma for the Byzantines, and was installed on August 16, 1985.[1] On November 6, 1995, he would be moved back to the Eparchy of Passaic, this time as its bishop—a post for which he was installed on February 8, 1996.[1]

On December 6, 2007, when he was 80 years of age, Bishop Pataki's request for retirement was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on account of his having passed the customary retirement age of 75 for Catholic bishops.[1][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Cheney, David M (February 20, 2011). "Bishop Andrew Pataki". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "History of the Eparchy of Parma". Eparchy of Parma. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2 Named to Head Byzantine Eparchies". ZENIT. December 7, 2007. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Emil J. Mihalik
Bishop of Parma for the Byzantines
1984–1996
Succeeded by
Basil M. Schott
Preceded by
Michael J. Dudick
Bishop of Passaic for the Byzantines
1996–2007
Succeeded by
William C. Skurla