Ordained October 1, 1988, Priest of the Order of St. Basil the Great
Appointed Apostolic Exarch of Great Britain , April 5, 2002
Titular Bishop of Buffada
Consecrated Bishop, June 11, 2002
Appointed Eparch of Stamford January 3, 2006
Installed as fourth Eparch of Stamford, February 20, 2006
Bishop Paul Patrick Chomnycky, O.S.B.M., age 51, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 19, 1954. His father, Stephan, had immigrated to Canada in 1948 from the village of Wilchiwchyk, Husiatyn County of the Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine, while his mother, Jessie Delawski, was born in Musidora, Alberta, Canada. He has a twin sister, Patricia, who is an elementary school teacher in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and both of his parents passed away in 1996.
After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors Degree in Commerce in 1980, the Bishop worked as an accountant for two years. Responding to God’s call to a vocation, he entered the novitiate of the Order of St. Basil the Great, the Basilian Monastery in Glen Cove, New York, in November 1982. He professed final vows in Rome on January 1, 1988 and was ordained to the priesthood on October 1, 1988 by Bishop Jerome Chimy, O.S.B.M. at Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Vancouver. Further studies followed in Philosophy at the University of St. Anselm and the Gregorian University in Rome receiving a Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology in 1990.
Upon his return to Canada he served briefly as an assistant pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Mundare, Alberta and St. Basil’s, Edmonton. Eventually he would return to both parishes as their pastor in 1997 and 2000 and also served as the pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Vancouver from 1994 to 1997.
During his tenure as pastor at St. Basil's in Edmonton and St. Paul's in Mundare, he was also the superior of the local Basilian monastery. Bishop Chomnycky also served as the Director of the Basilian Fathers museum in Mundare, a member of the Provincial Council of the Basilian Fathers of Canada, and a member of the college of consultors of the Edmonton Eparchy. He was appointed Exarch for Ukrainian Catholics in Great Britain on April 5, 2002 and ordained bishop on June 11, 2002 by His Beatitude Lubomyr Cardinal Husar.
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