Ruthenian Catholic Eparchy of Passaic

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Eparchy of Passaic (Ruthenian)
Eparchia Passaicensis Ruthenorum
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Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel
Country United States
Ecclesiastical province Pittsburgh
Metropolitan William C. Skurla
- Catholics
(as of 2009)
Parishes 84
Denomination Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church
Rite Byzantine Rite
Established July 6, 1963 (54 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Eparch Kurt Burnette
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The Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic (Latin: Eparchia Passaicensis Ruthenorum) is the Catholic eparchy (diocese) governing most Byzantine Catholics in the eastern United States. Its headquarters are at 445 Lackawanna Avenue, Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson). On October 29, 2013, Pope Francis appointed Father Kurt Burnette, until then the Rector of Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (since October 2012), as Eparch (Bishop)-elect of the Eparchy, succeeding William Skurla, who had become the leader of the Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian) Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, the U.S. headquarters of this particular Eastern-rite Catholic church. Bishop-elect Burnette, 57, is a native of Falkenham, England, grew up in Texas, and was originally a priest of the Phoenix Eparchy.[1]

The Eparchy was erected July 6, 1963 and its seat is the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, in Passaic, New Jersey. Its first bishop was Stephen Kocisko. Currently, the Eparchy has 89 parishes under its canonical jurisdiction.



The eparchy encompasses parishes located in the following states:

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  • Byzantine Catholic Metropolia of Pittsburgh (1999). Byzantine-Ruthenian Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh Directory. Pittsburgh: Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh. ISBN none. 
  • Magocsi, Paul Robert and Ivan Pop (2005). Encyclopedia of Rusyn History and Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-3566-3. 

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