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   His Excellency John Bura, Auxiliary Bishop-Emeritus of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia passed away on January 17, 2023.

Funeral services will be celebrated on January 23-24, 2023 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia with Metropolitan Borys Gudziak as principal celebrant.

   Bishop Bura’s body will lie in state for viewing and prayer starting on at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 23rd at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Episcopal Parastas will be held the same day at 4:30 p.m.

   A funeral Divine liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 24 at 9:30 a.m. After the Liturgy, the remains of Bishop Bura will be transferred to St. Andrew Cemetery in Bound Brook, NJ for internment.

   The services will be open to the public and all clergy religious and faithful are encouraged to spiritually accompany Bishop John on his last journey. All of the services will be streamed live.


In 1919, the Ukrainian Republic Capella, the national choir of the newly independent Ukrainian National Republic, embarked on a cultural diplomacy mission to spread awareness of a newly independent Ukrainian nation around the world. Under the auspices of the head of the republic, Symon Petliura, and his Ministries for Education and Foreign Affairs, the choir toured Europe and North America. Directed by renowned composer and conductor Oleksandr Koshyts, the Ukrainian Republic Capella shared Ukraine’s unique choral tradition by way of promoting the country’s sovereignty and distinctiveness from "the Russian world.” On October 5, 1922, the choir performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and North American audiences heard for the first time Mykola Leontovych’s “Shchedryk”, a New Year’s song that would become the beloved Christmas classic, “Carol of the Bells. Metropolitan Gudziak at the Mass for Migrants and Refugees in Washington: Ukrainians will defend their God-given dignity. 

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia’s Inaugural Report and Benefit Luncheon took place on Sunday, October 9, in Jenkintown. More than 220 people attended and contributed more than $100,000 to support the Archeparchy! Proceeds will help the Archeparchy serve its faithful in America and aid humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. A portion will be offered to His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk. This was the first iteration of what will become an annual event for the Philadelphia area.

Father Mark Fesniak, Dean of the South Anthracite Deanery, Father Mykola Ivanov, former dean of the same deanery, Father Roman Oliynyk, Msgr. Myron Grabowsky, Father Michael Hutsko (absent), Father Petro Zvarych (absent), and Father Deacon Paul Spotts presented a check for over $45,000 to Archbishop Borys Gudziak for support of St. Josaphat's seminary in Washington DC. This donation was funded by profits from Seminary Day held at St. Nicholas Hall (Minersville) on July 31, 2022. The event was organized and supported by all the parishes of the deanery. 


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