New Bishop Named for Ukrainian Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada

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(CCCB - Ottawa) – His Holiness Pope John Paul II today named Rev. Stephen Victor Chmilar as the Ukrainian Eparchial Bishop for Toronto and Eastern Canada after accepting the resignation of Most Rev. Cornelius John Pasichny, O.S.B.M., for reason of age. Bishop-elect Chmilar had been pastor of Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Mississauga, Ontario.

Born May 24, 1945, in Lamont, Alberta, Bishop-elect Chmilar studied philosophy and theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa and was ordained a priest on June 11, 1972 as a member of the Order of Saint Basil.

He has served in parishes in Mundare and Edmonton in Alberta; Ottawa, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; Denver, Colorado; Buffalo, New York; Hamilton, Ontario; and finally in Mississauga, Ontario. He also helped the Marriage Tribunal in Ottawa, and the Ukrainian Marriage Tribunal in Edmonton. At the time of his nomination, he was chancellor of the Eparchy of Toronto as well as a member of its Presbyteral Council and of its College of Consultors.

The Ukrainian Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada has 89 diocesan priests, 9 religious priests, 19 deacons, 29 religious (including both women and men in addition to religious priests), and one lay pastoral minister, serving a Catholic population of 41,010 in 76 parishes and missions.

The Ukrainian Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada is one of 7 Eastern Churches in Canada.

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