Jurisdiction of US Romanian Greek Catholic Eparchy extended to Canada

Tuesday, April 23 2013

Botean_John-Michael(CCCB – Ottawa)… Following a petition by the Synod of the Romanian Greek Catholic Church and a consultation of the Bishops of Canada, His Holiness Pope Francis has extended the canonical jurisdiction of the Eparchy of St. George the Martyr in Canton, Ohio, to the entire territory of Canada for the Romanian Catholic faithful.

The current Eparchial Bishop is the Most Reverend John Michael Botean. The Eparchy of St. George in Canton is the only eparchy of the Romanian Greek Catholic Church outside Romania. It will now have 21 parishes and missions, including one parish in Toronto and another in Montreal. Its population of 6,000 Romanian Catholics is served by 29 diocesan priests, eight deacons, one subdeacon and one lector.

With the Eparchy having been extended to include Canada, its Eparchial Bishop becomes a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and will participate in its meetings and activities.