Ioan Dragomir

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Ioan Dragomir (October 11, 1905—April 25, 1985) was a Romanian bishop of the Greek-Catholic Church. Born into a peasant family in Ariniș, Maramureş County, he attended high school in Zalău and Baia Mare. He then studied theology in Gherla, remaining there several years as a teacher. After his ordination, he was a parish priest from 1932 to 1934 in Coştiui, Hoteni and Ocna Şugatag. He left to study theology at Strasbourg but returned early due to ill health. After recovering, he finished his studies in Rome, becoming a doctor of theology. He was named archpriest of Satu Mare and also canon at the Baia Mare cathedral. Despite experiencing persecution, he led an active religious life during the period when Northern Transylvania was ceded to Hungary. Following the area's return to Romania, he helped reopen Romanian schools and set up curricula.[1]

In 1948, the new Communist regime outlawed his church and he spent time hidden in a barn attic in his native village. One night, dressed as a peasant, he went to the Ulmeni station and boarded a train for Bucharest, paying a villager who recognized him to keep quiet. He lived hidden at the nunciature and in 1950 was consecrated bishop by Gerald Patrick O'Hara. Shortly thereafter he left, since relations with the Vatican were severed, and Dragomir was arrested, sentenced to prison and subjected to various repressive measures. Released in 1964, he returned to Ariniş, where he had been presumed dead, and resumed his duties. Near the end of his life, gravely ill and influenced by others, he consecrated three bishops on his own, without discussion with other bishops or Vatican approval. He died in Bucharest and was buried alongside his parents in Ariniş. The funeral took place during a period of comparatively relaxed persecution, and was attended by bishops Alexandru Todea, Ioan Chertes and Ioan Ploscaru.[1]


  1. ^ a b (in Romanian) PS Ioan Dragomir at the Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic site; accessed May 15, 2012