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BISHOP CORNELIUS PASICHNY, OSBM,
ENTHRONED AS NEW EPARCH OF TORONTO
On September 24, 1998, Bishop Cornelius Pasichny, OSBM, was enthroned as the new Eparch for Ukrainian Catholics in Eastern Canada (Eparchy of Toronto).  The installation took place at the Byzantine Slovak Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Markham, Ontario with over 600 faithful present. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy began at 1:00 PM with Metropolitain Michael Bzdel, CSSR of Winnipeg, Manitoba presiding. Bishop Pasichny has been the Eparch of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, since 1996.

The homilist at the installation liturgy was Bishop Lawrence Huculak, OSBM, Eparch of Edmonton, Alberta. 

All of the Ukrainian Catholic bishops of Canada were in attendance.  Also in attendance were Bishop Julian Gbur, auxiliary of Lviv, Ukraine, Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto, the Papal nuncio from Ottawa, Bishop Basil Schott of Parma, Bishops Basil Losten of Stamford and Robert Moskal of Parma. Other bishops included Bishop Yurij Kalischuk, Ukrainian Orthodox bishop of Toronto, two other RC bishops and two Anglicans. Bishop-emeritus Isidore Borecky, who celebrated his 50th year as eparch of Tornoto in June, was also present. 

Not present was the outgoing Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Roman Danylak, who has been re-assigned to as yet unspecified duties in Rome. Toronto was declared SEDE VACANTE in June. Bishop Isidore, who will be 87 in November reigned as Eparch of Toronto for 50 years and retired on June 15th.

Also con-celebrating were Msgr. John Fetsko, CSSR, rector of the Cathedral of the Transifguration, Mitred Archpriests John Tataryn (St. Demetrius -Toronto) and Myron Stasiw (Pokrova-Toronto), Fathers Boniface Malowanyj, OSBM, Bohdan Lukie (CSSR) and David Motiuk, Holy Spirit Ukrainian Seminary, Ottawa; Fr. Deacon Bohdan Lechman, (St. Nicholas-Toronto), Fr. Deacon Jaroslaw Shudrak (St. Demetrius -Toronto), Fr. Deacon Mykola Liszczyszyn (St. Nicholas -Toronto) and Fr. Deacon Mychajlo Liachowycz (SS Peter and Paul - Scarborough). 

Provided by Father Deacon Bohdan Lechman, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Toronto.

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops 
Press Release from July 1, 1998 
(Ottawa - CCCB) -- His Holiness Pope John Paul II today declared the Ukrainian Eparchy of Toronto vacant and named His Excellency the Most Rev. Cornelius John Pasichny, OSBM, as its new Eparch. He was appointed Bishop in the Ukrainian Eparchy of Saskatoon in November, 1995. 

His Excellency Most Rev. Roman Danylak, who has been Apostolic Administrator of the Toronto Eparchy, has been given new responsibilities in Rome. Bishop Pasichny's predecessor as Eparch of Toronto, His Excellency Most  Rev. Isidore Borecky, D.D., was appointed in 1948 by His Holiness Pope Pius XII. 

Bishop Pasichny was born on March 27, 1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He entered the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat in 1942, made his solemn profession in 1948 and was ordained a priest in Rome on July 5, 1953. He received a licence in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1954, and a Master's degree from the University of Ottawa in 1956. He has completed the course requirements for a Ph.D degree. 

He served as pastor of St. Nicolas Church in Winnipeg, Man., Provincial Consultor and Econome of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat , Superior of St. Josaphat Monastery in Ottawa, Ont., Pastor at St. John the Baptist Church in Borshchiw, Alberta, Pastor of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Krakow, Alberta, and Associate Pastor at St. John the Baptist Church in Ottawa, Ont. 

He is a former teacher of Humanities and Philosophy at the Basilian House of Studies in Mundare, Alberta, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, former editor of the bi-monthly periodical "Beacon" and former Spiritual Director at the Ukrainian Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa. 

The Ukrainian Eparchy of Toronto has 41,010 Ukrainian-rite Catholics with 75 parishes and missions served by 96 priests and 31 religious brothers and sisters. It comprises all of Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. 

For More information Contact: 

Rev. Mr. William Kokesch 
Director, Communications Service 
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Tel: (613) 241-9461 
Fax: (613) 241-8117 
kokesch@cccb.ca 

ukr981021- Last updated 11/11/1998.


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