Eparch Named for Ukrainian Eparchy of Toronto

Wednesday, July 01 1998

Most Rev. Cornelius John Pasichny, OSBM(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 innipeg, 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.