Our Bishop

Bishop Emeritus 

John S. Pazak, C.Ss. R., DD.

His Grace Bishop John Stephen Pazak , C.Ss.R. DD. served as the fifth Bishop of Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix from July 2016 to August 2021.

Born in Gary Indiana, Bishop Emeritus John entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorist) in 1965. He was ordained a priest on August 27, 1972, and served as a parish priest, rector of St. Vladimir’s College and superior Redemptorist scholasticate throughout Canada.

Bishop Emeritus John was appointed Bishop of the Slovak Catholic Eparchy of Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto on December 2, 2000, and was consecrated a bishop on February 14, 2001. Pope Francis named Bishop John the Eparch of the Ruthenian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Protection of Mary on May 7, 2016, and was enthroned on July 20, 2016. Bishop Emeritus John submitted his letter of resignation upon his 75th birthday on August 13, 2021, which Pope Francis accepted on August 23, 2021.

Bishop John can be reached at: eparch@ephx.org