Milan Lach

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Milan Lach

Eparch of Parma for the Byzantines
Milan Lach SJ.JPG
AppointedJune 24, 2017
InstalledJuly 1, 2018
PredecessorJohn Michael Kudrick
OrdinationJuly 1, 2001
by Bishop Milan Chautur, CSsR
ConsecrationJune 1, 2013
by Metropolitan Ján Babjak, SJ
Personal details
Born (1973-11-18) November 18, 1973 (age 45)
Kežmarok, Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
Previous postAuxiliary Eparch of Prešov
Titular Eparch of Ostracine
Coat of armsMilan Lach's coat of arms

Milan Lach, SJ (born November 18, 1973) is a Slovak bishop of Rusyn ethnicity. He is the fifth and current Bishop of the Eparchy of Parma in the Byzantine Catholic Church.

Life [1][edit]

He was born on November 18, 1973 in Kežmarok. He studied theology at the TF TU in Bratislava. From the hands of the current bishop of Košice, Bishop Milan Chautur CSsR he received on November 11, 2000, deacon's and on July 1, 2001, the priest's ministry in the Cathedral of the Birth of Virgin Mary the Holy Mother of God in Košice. From 2001 to 2002, he performed a civilian service in the Jesuit community in Košice and in 2003 he worked at East-West Spirituality Center as a scientist. From 2003 to 2004, he was appointed a head of the East-West Spirituality Center in Košice and at the same time he helped Christians and others in Košice and the surrounding area of Košice. In 2004, he began his studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, where he obtained a doctorate in 2009. In addition to his experience from the international academic environment, he has also gained experience in spiritual service as a helping hand at the Pontifical College of Russicum and as a spiritual assistant of the Federation of Scouts of Europe in Rome. He also co-authored with Vatican Radio. After returning from studies in Rome in 2009, he worked as a director at the Center of Spirituality East-West. In addition to securing the scientific tasks of the Center, organizing scientific conferences, building a library fund and establishing contacts with other countries institute, he taught one semester at the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University in Košice, where he also was a member of a theological journal Verba Theologica. He is in the order of the Society of Jesus in Slovakia, since December 30, 2009, he has been a provincial counselor and since January 1, 2012 he has been a delegate for the formation of Jesuit scholastics. He speaks fluently Slovak, Italian, actively communicates in English and Russian and passively in French. On April 19, 2013, Pope Francis appointed him as an Auxiliary Bishop of Prešov. He was ordained on June 1, 2013, in Ľutina. On June 24, 2017, he was appointed by Pope Francis as Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of Parma for Byzantines in the United States. On June 1, 2018, Pope Francis named Lach as eparch of Parma.[2] He was enthroned one month later on July 1. [3]


  1. ^ "Biography of his Excellency Mons. Milan Lach SJ the Apostolic Administrator of Eparchy of Parma (in Slovak)". Conference of the Bishops of Slovakia. June 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "Pope Francis Names the Most Reverend Milan Lach, SJ, as Bishop of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma". Retrieved June 1, 2018.
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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Michael Kudrick
Eparch of Parma for the Byzantines
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Eparch of Prešov
Succeeded by