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.