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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


Protosyncellus: Right Rev. Archpriest James G. Hayer

Chancellor: Very Rev. Nicholas Daddona

Vice Chancellor: Very Rev. Ronald Barusefski, JCL

Vicar for Clergy: Very Rev. Peter Hosak

Eparchial Finance Officer: Reverend Deacon Robert Shalhoub


Chancery Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Maureen French

College of Consultors

Senior Consultor:

     Very Rev. John Basarab, MA


Rt. Rev. Arch. James G. Hayer

Very Rev. Peter Hosak

Very Rev. John Custer

Very Rev. Michael Kerestes

Very Rev. Eduard Shestak, JCL

Very Rev. Nicholas Daddona

Very Rev. Steven Galuschik 

Rev. Yuriy Oros


Presbyteral Council

Term:  April 28, 2019 - April 28, 2022


New York - New England Syncellate:  Rev. Edward Cimbala, Very Rev. Ronald Hatton


Susquehanna Syncellate: Very Rev. Eduard Shestak; Very Rev. Michael Salnicky


Central Pennsylvania Syncellate:  Very Rev. Edward Higgins; Rev. Scott Boghossian


New Jersey Syncellate:  Rev. Martin Vavrak; Rev. John Zeyack


Middle States Syncellate: Rev. Sergii Deiak


Southern States Syncellate:Rev. Frank Hanincik; Very Rev. Steven Galuschik


Ex-Officio Members:

Rt. Rev. Arch. 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. Arch. James G. Hayer

Deacon Robert Shalhoub, Finance Officer

Mr. Stephen Kowalski

Mr. Thomas Duch, Attorney at Law 

Mr. Daniel Seaman, Attorney at Law

Syncellates and Protopresbyters

New York - New England Syncellate:  Very Rev. Nicholas Daddona

     New York - New England Protopresbyter: Very Rev. Ronald Hatton


Susquehanna Syncellate: Very Rev. Michael Kerestes

     Northern PA (NW New York) Protopresbyter: Very Rev. Eduard Shestak

     Wyoming Valley Protopresbyter: Very Rev. Michael Salnicky


Central Pennsylvania Syncellate: Very Rev. Peter J. Hosak

     Mid-Pennsylvania Protopresbyter: Very Rev. Gregory Noga

     South Pennsylvania Protopresbyter: Very Rev. Edward Higgins


New Jersey Syncellate:Very Rev. John Custer, SSL, STD

     North New Jersey Protopresbyter: (above)

     Central New Jersey Protopresbyter: Very Rev. Francis Rella


Middle States Syncellate:Very Rev. John Basarab, MA

     Middle States Protopresbyter: (above)


Southern States Syncellate:Very Rev. Robert Evancho

     Southern States Protopresbyter: Very Rev. Salvatore Pignato

Pension Board

Elected to Serve from:

April 28, 2019 - April 28, 2022


New York/New England Syncellate: 

     Very Rev. Ronald Hatton


Susquehanna Syncellate: 

     Rev. John Cigan


Central Pennsylvania Syncellate: 

     Rev. Gregory Noga - CHAIRMAN


New Jersey Syncellate:

     Very Rev. John Custer


Middle States Syncellate:



Southern States Syncellate:

     Rev. Lewis Rabayda

Ex-Officio Members:

Rt. Rev. Arch. James G. Hayer

Very Rev. Nicholas Daddona

Deacon Robert Shalhoub

Other Offices

Building & Liturgical Arts Commission

     Chairman: Rt. Rev. Arch. James G. Hayer

          Very Rev. Peter Hosak

          Very Rev. Michael Popson

          Reverend Vitaliy Pukhayev


Liturgy Commission:

     Very Rev. John G. Basarab, MA

     Very Rev. Edward J. Higgins

     Reverend Michael Kerestes


Cemetery Commission:

     Chairman: Very Rev. Michael Salnicky

          Rt. Rev. Arch. James G. Hayer
          Very Rev. John Custer

          Rev. Robert Lozinski, CSC

          Very Rev. Michael Kerestes

                                                    As of July 13, 2020

Music Commission:

     Mr. Elias Zareva

     Mr. Joseph K. Ferenchick

                    Inter-Eparchial Commission for Sacred Music



     Very Rev. Edward Higgins


Evangelization Commission:

     Chairman: Rev. Joseph Bertha, PhD

          Very Rev. John S. Custer, SSL, STD

          Very Rev. John Basarab, MA


Communications & Telecommunications:

     Rt. Rev. Arch. James G. Hayer


Respect Life Office:

     Rev. Scott Bogossian, Pro-Life Director


Family Life Office:



Eparchial Historian:

     Very Rev. Robert J. Hospodar, JCL

Heritage Museum and Library
445 Lackawanna Avenue
Woodland Park, NJ 07424
Eparchial Archives
     Rev. Joseph Bertha, PhD
     Very Rev. John Custer, SSL, STD
     Rt. Rev. Arch. James G. Hayer
Carpathian Village

Director: Very Rev. Michael Salnicky

Carpathian Village / St. Nicholas Shrine 

802 Snow Hill Road

Cresco PA 18326



Eparchial Tribunal

The Trubunal of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic is served by:

Reverend Monsignor Mark Condon, JCL

Judicial Vicar


Very Reverend Ronald Barusefski, JCL

Very Reverend Eduard Shestak, JCL, STD

Adjutant Judicial Vicar


Reverend Monsignor Roberst Senetsky, JCD



Very Reverend Eduard Shestak, JCL, STD

Defender of the Bond and Promotor of Justice


Very Reverend Gregory J Noga

Maureen French




New Date
ByzanTEEN Virtual Evening Out #2 --Sunday July 26, 6:00 -7:30pm

Has the message of the new atheists that has infiltrated American culture top to bottom got you confused and scratching your head?

Join Father Andrii Dumnych for a lively discussion about God and why the spiritual life should matter to YOU. 

There will also be time to play virtual games and meet new and old friends. 

Any Questions can be directed to: 

(If you have not registerd by 4:00 on July 24th, please request invitation at the above email)

Do I need to register?  YES     REGISTER NOW

Why do I need to register? 

Registration information will allow us to send you an email with the link to our virtual meeting room on the evening of the 28th.


How do I register?

Click the Register Now Tab


Is there a registration deadline? 

Yes, please register no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, July 24th 


Is there any cost?  

No.  However, you must bring your own refreshments.

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