John Michael Botean

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His Grace, The Most Reverend
John Michael Botean
Eparch of St. George's in Canton
Church Romanian Greek Catholic Church
See Eparchy of St. George's in Canton
Appointed March 29, 1996
Installed August 24, 1996
Predecessor Vasile Louis Puscas
Ordination May 18, 1986
by Vasile Louis Puscas
Consecration August 24, 1996
by Lucian Mureșan, Judson Procyk and Nicholas Samra
Personal details
Birth name John Michael Botean
Born (1955-07-09) July 9, 1955 (age 63)
Canton, Ohio
Nationality American
Denomination Romanian Greek-Catholic Church
Parents John and Amelia (née Popa) Botean
Alma mater
Motto Fear not, little flock
Styles of
John Michael Botean
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Reference style
Spoken style His Grace
Religious style Eparch

John Michael Botean (Romanian: Ion Mihai Botean) (born July 9, 1955) is an American Eastern Catholic prelate of the Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic.

He is currently serving as the second eparch in the Romanian Catholic Eparchy of St George's in Canton after Bishop Vasile Louis Puscas, in the United States' sole Romanian Byzantine Catholic eparchy and the sole Romanian Rite eparchy outside of Romania.[1]

Early life and ordination[edit]

Botean was born in Canton, Ohio to a Romanian-American couple: John and Amelia Botean (née Popa). He has one younger brother, Mark S. Botean. He was ordained a priest on May 18, 1986. In 1993 he was appointed apostolic administrator for the diocese and then eparch on March 29, 1996, and consecrated on August 24 that year by Archbishop Lucian Mureșan (assisted by co-consecrators Archbishop Judson Michael Procyk and Bishop Nicholas James Samra).


As the second eparch in the history of a unique eparchy, a large part of Botean's activities consist of compliance work, bringing the organization into conformance with the requirements of his split jurisdiction, both American and Romanian. Most of his parishes long predate the creation of the eparchy, often by many decades. The first mission established during the lifetime of the diocese to be raised to the level of a parish will be raised on June 29, 2008.

In 2005 Botean established traditional Romanian Byzantine Catholic monasticism in the Diocese of Canton with the transfer of Holy Resurrection Monastery to diocesan jurisdiction. On October 17, 2006, the Holy Theophany Monastery for women (nuns) was established as a dependency of Holy Resurrection Monastery under the jurisdiction of Botean.

Botean achieved a measure of national and international notice in his Lenten pastoral letter of 2003[2] which spoke out against the Iraq War. The letter was a direct condemnation of the conflict, and termed it "objectively grave evil, a matter of mortal sin".[2] These were the most outspoken terms committed to paper by a United States Catholic bishop/eparch over the war.[3] No other US ordinary has directly condemned the Iraq war.

On June 28, 2008, Botean called the eparchial assembly to meet. It was the first serious effort to convoke the eparchial assembly in conformance with the 1990 Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (Canons 235-242) during Botean's episcopacy. This preliminary session focused on organizing issues. At that meeting the practice of yearly assemblies was announced, the next was held at St. Basil's in Trenton, New Jersey, in June 2009.

Hierarchical relations[edit]

Botean is a member of the USCCB and also the Romanian Catholic Synod. He is in the unusual position of being directly answerable to the Pope and not necessarily to his synod. This odd position is a consequence of the very real modern development of understanding between viewing the Church as one with different rites within it and the Universal Church uniting 24 different sui iuris churches. The present situation of the eparchy is a midpoint between the two, within the newly formed Romanian synod but not entirely answerable to it and within the USCCB but not entirely answerable to it either.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in Romanian) Biserica Română Unită cu Roma, Greco-Catolică Archived 2007-03-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Pastoral Letter Iraq War.pdf Iraq War pastoral letter Archived 2011-04-02 at the Wayback Machine., at the Center for Christian Non-violence; retrieved November 7, 2007
  3. ^ Carl Olson, "Brumley Responds to Bishop Botean" Archived 2007-04-07 at the Wayback Machine., in Envoy Magazine, March 21, 2003; retrieved November 7, 2007

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Vasile Louis Puscas
Eparch of St George's in Canton
Succeeded by