Slovak Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius History

The Slovak Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius for all of Canada, was established on Oct. 13, 1980. That same day, the Most Reverend Bishop Michal Rusnak, C.Ss.R. was appointed as the first Bishop (Eparch) for Byzantine Catholic Slovaks in Canada. He was enthroned on February 28, 1981. He retired on November 11, 1996. On November 22, 1996, Father John Fetsco, C.Ss.R was appointed as Apostolic Administrator for the Slovak Byzantine Catholic Eparchy. On Dec. 2, 2000, Father John S. Pazak, C.Ss.R. was appointed as the second Bishop (Eparch) for the Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Canada. He was ordained Bishop (Eparch) on February 14, 2001. On May 7, 2016, the Very Reverend Bishop John S. Pazak, C.Ss.R. was appointed as the new Bishop (Eparch) of the Ruthenian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Protection of Mary in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. He was enthroned on July 20, 2016. Also, on May 7, 2016, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator for the Byzantine Catholic Slovak Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Canada, sede vacante.

Slovak Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Canada
January 2, 1965 The Ceremony of Consecration of His Excellency THE MOST REVEREND MICHAEL RUSNAK, CSsR., D.D. (Titular Bishop of Cernik, Apostolic Visitator for Slovaks of the Byzantine Rite in Canada, Auxiliary Bishop to THE MOST REVEREND ISIDORE BORECKY, D.D., Eparch of Toronto) took place at 3:00pm at SAINT MICHAEL'S CATHEDRAL, Toronto, Ontario
October 13, 1980 Bishop Michal Rusnak, CSsR was appointed as the first "Ordinary" (Bishop) for Byzantine Catholic Slovaks in Canada
October 13, 1980 The Slovak Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Canada was established
February 28, 1981 Bishop Michael Rusnak, CSsR was enthroned as the first "Ordinary" (Bishop) for Byzantine Catholic Slovaks in Canada at St. Nicholas Church in Toronto
In 1984 Work began in Markham on the Slovak Byzantine Catholic Cathedral of the Transfiguration. The Cathedral was conceived and funded by Stephen B. Roman, a Slovak immigrant to Canada who built up the Denison Mines corporation. Mr. Roman funded and designed the building, modeling the structure on the church in the Slovak village of Velky Ruskov where he was raised. The cathedral was built on a donated portion of his Romandale estate. That year it became the first church in North America to be consecrated by a Pope when John Paul II blessed the cornerstone on September 15th during his trip to Canada. Among its features is the world's largest three bell carillon, with the French made bells weighing 32,000 pounds, and 300 cm diameter. The mosaics are said to contain about 5 million pieces. The cathedral was built to hold 1000 worshippers. The central tower rises 63 metres and is topped by a gold onion dome. The church was designed by Donald Buttress a renowned architect.
November 11, 1996 Bishop Michal Rusnak, CSsR retired
November 22, 1996 The Very Reverend Fr. John Fetsco, CSsR was appointed as Apostolic Administration for the Eparchy
December 2, 2000 Bishop John Pazak, CSsR was appointed as the second "Ordinary" for Byzantine Catholic Slovaks in Canada
February 14, 2001 Bishop John Pazak, CSsR was installed as the second "Ordinary" for Byzantine Catholic Slovaks in Canada
January 16, 2003 Bishop Michal Rusnák, CSsR, D.D. passed away at the age of 81
June 23, 2009 The Very Reverend John Fetsco, CSsR passed away at the age of 79
May 7, 2016 The Very Reverend Bishop John Pazak, CSsR was appointed Apostolic Administrator for Byzantine Catholic Slovaks in Canada, sede vacante
July 5, 2018 Reverend Father Marián Andrej Pacák, CSsR was appointed as the third "Ordinary" (Eparch) for Byzantine Catholic Slovaks in Canada
Sept. 2, 2018 Reverend Father Marián Andrej Pacák, CSsR was ordained Bishop (Eparch)
Sept. 15, 2018 Bishop Marián Andrej Pacák, CSsR was installed as the third "Ordinary" (Eparch) for Byzantine Catholic Slovaks in Canada