Basil H. Losten

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His Grace, The Most Reverend
Basil Harry Losten
D.D., S.T.L., LL.D (Hon.)
Bishop Emeritus of Stamford
Church Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
Diocese Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford
Installed December 7, 1977
Term ended January 3, 2006
Predecessor Joseph M. Schmondiuk
Successor Paul Patrick Chomnycky
Ordination June 10, 1957
by Konštantín Bohačevskyj
Consecration May 25, 1971
by Ambrose Senyshyn, Jaroslav Gabro and Michael Dudick
Personal details
Born (1930-05-11) May 11, 1930 (age 87)
Chesapeake City, Maryland
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
Titular Bishop of Arcadiopolis in Asia
Styles of
Basil Harry Losten
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Spoken style His Grace
Religious style Bishop

Basil Harry Losten (born May 11, 1930 in Chesapeake City, Maryland) is a bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. He is currently Bishop Emeritus of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Stamford, Connecticut. He was succeeded by Bishop Paul Chomnycky.


Losten was born in Chesapeake City, MD. He attended St. Basil School in Philadelphia and went on to attend the Ukrainian Catholic Seminary, Stamford, CT. He graduated from St. Basil College with a bachelor of arts in philosophy. In 1957, he completed his graduate work in theology at the Catholic University of America.[1]


On June 10, 1957, Losten was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Constantine Bohachevsky. His first assignment included work as chancery secretary for the Philadelphia Archdiocese as well as working in several Philadelphia parishes.[1]

In 1962, he was named personal secretary to Archbishop-Metropolitan Ambrose Senyshyn. This position led him to various posts within the eparchy, including comptroller and consultor, president of Ascension Manor (a senior citizens comples—a project he initiated), director of the Archdiocesan Insurance Commission, and a member of the Archdiocesan Building Commission.

In 1968, Pope Paul VI raised him to the rank of papal chamberlain. He was nominated to the episcopacy on March 23, 1971, and was concencrated on May 25, 1971. He was named auxiliary to the Ukrainian Archdiocese of Philadelphia and in 1976, during Metropoitian Senyshyn’s failing health, Pope Paul VI appointed Bishop Losten apostolic administrator in charge of diocesan affairs.[1]

Bishop of Stamford[edit]

In September 1977, Losten was named Bishop of Stamford, succeeding Joseph M. Schmondiuk. The diocese comprises New York State and all of the New England states. He retired on January 3, 2006, and was succeeded by Paul Chomnycky.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Ukrainian Weekly, "Bishop Losten appointed emissary for Church development in Ukraine", July 1, 1990.


  • Jaksic, Vesna, "A new leader: Bishop installed as head of Ukrainian Catholics in area", The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, February 21, 2006
  • Ukrainian Weekly, "Bishop Losten appointed emissary for Church development in Ukraine", July 1, 1990
  • "Bishop Emeritus Basil Losten, builder of the Church in the U.S. and Ukraine", Ukrainian Weekly online 2006

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Religious titles
Preceded by
Joseph M. Schmondiuk
Bishop of Stamford
Succeeded by
Paul Patrick Chomnycky