Auxiliary bishops


Auxiliary bishop-Most Reverend John Bura

Monsignor John Bura was born on June 12, 1944 in Wegeleben, Germany, in the family of Gregory and Mary Bura. After emigration to the United State the family became parishioners of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul in Jersey City. In 1959 after graduating from middle school John Bura entered Saint Basil Minor Seminary in Stamford, CT. In 1965-1970 he entered St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary and studied theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he received the humane bachelor and theological bachelor degrees.

On February 14, 1971 in the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia Metropolitan Ambrosias Senyshyn ordained John Bura a priest. He served there in 1971.

From 1971 till 1972 he taught religion in the Saint Basil Minor Seminary in Stamford, in 1972-1975 – he taught Ukrainian language there also. He served also as Vice-Rector of this Seminary.

Other appointments: 1975-1976 – Administrator of the St. Josaphat Church in Trenton; 1976-1980 – Administrator of the St. Nicolas Church in Mahanoy (second time in 1983); 1976-1987 – Administrator of St. Michael Church in Shenandoah. In 1987-1997 he was Rector of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington, D.C. From 1997 till 2002 – pastor of Holy Ghost Church in Chester and St. Nicolas Church in Millville. From 2001 – Pastor of St. Nicolas Church in Wilmington.

On June 12, 1991 Holy Father John Paul II named father John Bura – Monsignor.

On January 3, 2006 the Congregation for the Eastern Churches announced that the Holy Father Benedict XVI blessed the decision of the Synod of the Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and appointed Monsignor John Bura the Auxiliary bishop for the Metropolitan of Philadelphia for Ukrainians. Episcopal Ordination of Most Reverend John Bura took place on February 21, 2006 in the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia (USA). The principal consecrator was His Beatitude Lubomyr, co-consecrators – Most Reverend Archbishop Stefan (Soroka), Metropolitan of Philadelphia and Most Reverend Michael Kuchmiak, CSs.R., bishop-emeritus.

Auxiliary bishop-Most Reverend Andrij Rabiy

Very Rev. Andriy Rabiy was born on October 1, 1975, in the city of Lviv, Ukraine. His parents, Anton and Iryna Rabiy reside in Zymna Voda, Lviv region of Ukraine. He has one younger brother, Vitaliy, who is married with Iryna. They have two children, Andrian and Yuliana, and reside in Ukraine.

Very Rev. Andriy graduated from Zymna Voda High School #1 in 1992. In the fall of 1992 he entered Ivano-Frankivsk Seminary where he studied philosophy for two years. In August of 1994 he moved to the United States to continue his studies at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary while attending classes at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.  Following completion of a one year program studying English at the Metropolitan College of the Catholic University, he was enrolled in the School of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the same university. In May of 1999 he graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy.

In September of 1999 Fr. Andriy continued his theological studies at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC. He completed a four year program within three years and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree “cum laude” in May of 2002.

Fr. Andriy was ordained as a Subdeacon in May of 1998, and as a Deacon in November of 1999 by Most Rev. Archbishop Stephen Sulyk, He received his Presbyteral Orders from Most Rev. Archbishop Stefan Soroka in December of 2001 in the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia.

Upon completion of his theological studies, he was appointed as an administrator of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in New Brunswick (2002-2003; 2004-2005) and St. Michael the Archangel church in Hillsborough NJ (2002-2005), and for a brief time as administrator of Immaculate Conception Church in Hillside NJ (2003-2004).

In the fall of 2005, Very Rev. Andriy returned to the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC for studies in canon law. In 2008, he graduated with a Licentiate in Canon Law, having completed his dissertation on the patriarchal tribunal in the Eastern Church.

Since 2008, he has served as pastor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Reading, PA, where he successfully relocated the parish.  He also serves St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Lancaster, PA, a newly formed mission parish which he began in February 2013.  On Tuesday, August 8th, 2017, His Holiness, Pope Francis appointed Very Rev. Andriy Rabiy as Auxiliary Bishop for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.