Kurt Burnette

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Kurt Richard Burnette
Eparch of Passaic
Coat of arms with motto Psalm 150:3a
ChurchRuthenian Greek Catholic Church
Appointed29 October 2013
Installed4 December 2013
PredecessorWilliam Charles Skurla
Other post(s)Apostolic Administrator, Eparchy of the Holy Protection of Mary of Phoenix
Apostolic Administrator, Eparchy of Parma
Apostolic Administrator, Exarchate of Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto
Ordination26 April 1989
by John Bilock
Consecration4 December 2013
by William C. Skurla, John Michael Kudrick and Gerald Nicholas Dino
Personal details
Kurt Richard Burnette

(1955-11-07) 7 November 1955 (age 68)
DenominationRuthenian Greek Catholic Church
Previous post(s)
EducationJ.D., Ph.D., J.C.L.
Alma materRice University, University of Utah, Pontifical Oriental Institute
Styles of
Kurt Richard Burnette
Reference style
Spoken styleHis Grace
Religious styleEparch

Kurt Richard Burnette (born 7 November 1955) is an American Catholic prelate who serves as the Eparch of Passaic in the Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church.[1] He succeeded Bishop William C. Skurla. Burnette was appointed on October 29, 2013, by Pope Francis, and enthroned in a Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Passaic, New Jersey on December 4.[2]

On 20 October 2020, Pope Francis named Burnette as apostolic administrator of the former Slovak Catholic Eparchy of Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto.[3][4] On 3 March, 2022, Pope Francis changed the jurisdiction and circumscription of the eparchy to establish the Exarchate of Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto. Burnette was appointed apostolic administrator of this new exarchate.[5]

In January 23, 2023, Burnette was appointed as apostolic administrator of both the Eparchy of Parma and the Eparchy of Phoenix.[6] These appointments, noted as being temporary, have made Burnette the leader of over half of the Byzantine Catholic eparchies worldwide.[7]

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  1. ^ "Pope Francis Names Father Kurt Burnette As Head Of The Byzantine Eparchy Of Passaic". October 29, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Fr. Kurt Burnette made head of Ruthenian Eparchy of Passaic". CNA. October 29, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "Bishop". Eparchy of St. Cyril & Methodius. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  4. ^ "Resignation of bishop of the eparchy of Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto of the Slovakians of Byzantine rite, Canada, and appointment of apostolic administrator sede vacante". press.vatican.va. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  5. ^ "Resignations and Appointments". press.vatican.va. Retrieved 2022-03-03.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e nomine". press.vatican.va. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  7. ^ Bunderson, Carl (23 January 2023). "Bishop Kurt's rising Ruthenian star". The Pillar. Archived from the original on 25 January 2023. Retrieved 29 January 2023.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Eparch of Passaic
Succeeded by