Most Reverend John Bura
Apostolic Administrator 2009-2014
Bishop John was born on 12 June, 1944 in Wegeleben, Germany. In 1950, his family moved to the United States and settled in Jersey City, NJ. After completing elementary and middle school, he entered St. Basil Minor Seminary in Stamford, CT. From 1965 to 1970 he studied Theology at The Catholic University of America and resided at St. Josaphat Seminary in Washington, DC. He was ordained to the Presbyterate on 14 February, 1971 for the Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Following ordination he served in various pastoral and administrative positions as teacher of religion and the Ukrainian language and Vice-Rector of St. Basil Minor Seminary in Washington, DC; Rector of St. Josaphat Seminary in Washington, DC; pastor of Holy Ghost Church in Chester, PA and St. Nicholas Church in Wilmington, DE. On 3 January, 2006, he was nominated Auxiliary Bishop of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia and consecrated on February 21, 2006. The Holy Father nominated Bishop John as the Apostolic Administrator, sede vacante, of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, on July 29, 2009.