/ Administration

Most Reverend Kurt Burnette

Fifth Bishop of the Eparchy of Passaic


Mailing Address:

Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic
445 Lackawanna Avenue
Woodland Park, New Jersey 07424
Phone: 973-890-7777
FAX: 973-890-7175


Vice Chancellor:
Vicar for Clergy:
Eparchial Finance Officer:

Right Reverend Archpriest James G. Hayer


Very Reverend Nicholas Daddona


Very Reverend Ronald Barusefski, JCL


Very Reverend Peter Hosak


Reverend Deacon Robert Shalhoub


Administrative Assistant:

Maureen French



College of Consultors:

Very Rev. John Basarab, MA, Senior Consultor


Very Rev. Peter Hosak


Very Rev. John Custer


Very Rev. Michael Kerestes


Rt. Rev. James Hayer


Very Rev. Eduard Shestak, JCL


Rev. Steven Galuschik 


Rev. Yuriy Oros


Very Rev. Nicholas Daddona

Presbyteral Council
April 28, 2019 - April 28, 2022

Central Pennsylvania Syncellate:

Very Rev. Edward Higgins

Rev. Scott Boghossian


Middle States Syncellate: 

Rev. Serhii Deiak



Southern States Syncellate:

Rev. Frank Hanincik

Very Rev. Steven Galuschik


New Jersey Syncellate:

Rev. Martin Vavrak

Rev. John Zeyack


New York - New England Syncellate: 

Rev. Edward Cimbala

Very Rev. Ronald Hatton


Susquehanna Syncellate: 

Rev. Eduard Shestak

Very Rev. Michael Salnicky



Ex-Officio Members:


Rt. Rev. Archpriest James G. Hayer


Rev. Msgr. Mark Condon


Very Rev. John Basarab


Very Rev. John Custer


Very Rev. Nicholas Daddona


Very Rev. Robert Evancho


Very Rev. Peter Hosak


Very Rev. Michael Kerestes


Member at large:


Rev. Yuriy Oros


Finance Council:

Rt. Rev. James G. Hayer


Deacon Robert Shalhoub, Finance Officer


Mr. Stephen Kowalski


Mr. Thomas Duch, Attorney at Law 

Mr. Daniel Seaman, Attorney at Law

Susquehanna: Very Rev. Michael Kerestes
Central Pennsylvania: Very Rev. Peter J. Hosak 
New Jersey: Very Rev. John Custer, SSL, STD
New York/New England: Very Rev. Nicholas Daddona
Middle States: Very Rev. John Basarab, MA
Southern States:

Very Rev. Robert Evancho


Northern Pennsylvania
& Northwestern New York:

Very Rev. Eduard Shestak

Wyoming Valley: Very Rev. Michael J. Salnicky
Mid Pennsylvania:

Very Rev. Gregory Noga

Southern Pennsylvania: Very Rev. Edward Higgins
Northern New Jersey: Very Rev. John Custer, SSL, STD
Central New Jersey:

Very Rev. Francis Rella

Northeast New York &
New England:
Very Rev. Ronald J. Hatton
Middle States:

 Acting - Very Rev. John Basarab

Southern States:

Very Rev. Salvatore A. Pignato


Judicial Vicar:

Adjutant Judicial Vicar:

Rev. Msgr. T. Mark Condon, JCD

Very Rev. Ronald Barusefski, JCL

Very Rev. Eduard Shestak, JCL, STD

Judge: Rev. Msgr. Robert Senetsky, JCD
Defender of the Bond:
Promoter of Justice:
Very Rev. Eduard Shestak, JCL, STD


Very Rev. Gregory J. Noga

Mrs. Maureen French




Office of Eastern Christian Formation: Reverend Vasyl Chepelskyy, STD 

Retirement Planning Board:



Reverend Joseph Bertha - New York/New England 

Very Rev. Edward Higgins - Central PA 

Very Rev. Michael Salnicky - Susquehanna Valley 

Very Rev. Steven Galuschik - Southern States

                                                - Middle States 



Ex-Officio Members:

Rt. Rev. James Hayer

Very Rev. Nicholas Daddona

Deacon Robert Shalhoub


Elected to serve from April 28, 2019 - April 28, 2022:

Central Pennsylvania Syncellate: 

Rev. Gregory Noga

Middle States Syncellate:


Southern States Syncellate:

Rev. Lewis Rabayda

New Jersey Syncellate:

Very Rev. John Custer

New York/New England Syncellate: 

Very Rev. Ronald Hatton

Susquehanna Syncellate: 

Rev. John Cigan

Building & Liturgical Arts Commission:

Right Reverend Archpriest James  G. Hayer, Chairman

Very Rev. Peter Hosak

Very Rev. Michael Popson

Reverend Vitaliy Pukhayev


Very Rev. John G. Basarab, MA


Very Rev. Edward J. Higgins 


Reverend Michael Kerestes

Cemeteries Commission:

Very Rev. Michael Salnicky, Chair


Very Rev. John Custer


Right Reverend James G. Hayer


Rev. Robert Lozinski, CSC

eff. May 31, 2017

Music Commission:

Mr. Elias Zareva

Joseph K. Ferenchick
Inter-Eparchial Commission for Sacred Music

Ecumenism: Very Rev. Edward Higgins
Evangelization Commission:

Rev. Joseph Bertha, PhD, Chairman 

Very Rev. John S. Custer, SSL, STD


Very Rev. John Basarab, MA


Communications &
Right Reverend Archpriest James G. Hayer 

Deacon Formation:

Priesthood Formation:

Vocations Directors:

Very Reverend Nicholas Daddona



Reverend Michael Kerestes, Director


Assistant Director



Assistant Director



Very Rev. Steven Galuschik, Assistant Director 

North Fort Myers, FL



Safe Environment Program


Rev. David Baratelli, Coordinator


Dr. Maureen Daddona, PhD., Victim Assistance Coordinator

1 (516) 623-6456


National Child Abuse Hotline:

1 (800) 442-4453


Rev. James Badeaux, Editor 


Rev. Ronald Hatton, Associate Editor


Rev. Lewis Rabayda, Layout Editor


Mrs. Maureen French, Circulation Editor


Business Office:
445 Lackawanna Ave.
Woodland Park, NJ 07424

Publication Office (for news & photos):

Please submit "Word" document and jpeg/tif format digitized photos only.  Thank you.

Email us at:

Respect Life Office:

Rev. G. Scott Bogossian, Pro-Life Director 

Family Life Office:
Eparchial Historian:
Very Rev. Robert J. Hospodar, JCL

Heritage Museum and Library:





Eparchial Cultural Archives:


445 Lackawanna Avenue
Woodland Park, NJ 07424

Rev. Joseph Bertha, Ph.D.

Very Rev. John Custer, SSL, STD


Right Reverend Archpriest James G. Hayer  

Carpathian Village:

St. Nicholas Shrine

802 Snow Hill Road

Cresco PA  18326

Very Rev. Michael Salnicky, Director 


Sunday of All Saints Message

"Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions." Joel 2:28 (quoted by Peter following the Descent of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:17)


Hear Bishop Kurt's message (here) for the Sunday of All Saints provided by God With Us Online and how the Holy Spirit at Pentecost prepares us to be Saints.

Living In or Near the Brooklyn Borough?

The Divine Liturgy is now being celebrated in Brooklyn, New York!

Sundays at 8:00 a.m. at: 

Saint Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church

215 Exeter Street

Brooklyn, New York 11235


Come, pray with us and see our growing community!

For more information please contact Father Iaroslav Korostil



New Byzantine Catholic Community Forming

A Byzantine Catholic community is forming at St. Philip Neri RC Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, South Carolina (about a half hour drive from Charlotte, North Carolina). Please join us as we grow our community and celebrate together the Byzantine Divine Liturgy.


Father Steven Galuschik of All Saints Byzantine Catholic Church in North Fort Myers, Florida began celebrating the Divine Liturgy with the community at the end of October, 2017. This community will serve the northern part of South Carolina as well as Charlotte, North Carolina. 


Please share  this information with your friends and family, especially those who have moved "down South." The Divine Liturgy is celebrated on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. If you would like to participate in any way, or have questions please contact Ron Somich at 440-477-6389 or at or visit the website at for news, upcoming gatherings and service times.

Come and See

For a limited time, click above to preview

the Eparchy of Passaic's new Publication "Come and See"

Copies of the book are availlable from you pastor or by 

contacting the Director Of Eastern Christian Formation at

On Line Parish Offering

You can now give to weekly offering on line.

Please follow the link or or go to the giving page.

I would like to give to my Parish online

Live Stream Tab Added

A New Tab Has been Added --Live Stream List

which will display parishes that will be live streaming Divine Liturgies