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Celebration honoring Bishop John Pazak, C.Ss.R. in Toronto, ON

September 8, the Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God, is a state holiday in many countries. In Slovak Eparchy of Toronto, it is the Feast Day of the Cathedral Church. On that Sunday afternoon, two bishops: Bishop John Pazak, C.Ss.R. and Bishop John Kudrick, OSF together with clergy and the people of God of both Byzantine and Roman rites entered the Cathedral to the sounds of “Vosel jesi, Archijereju”. The church was decorated with beautiful white rose arrangements and looked regal. All eparchial priests were at the altar along with Fr. Miron Kerul-Kmec from the sister-Eparchy of Parma, Ohio, Fr. Roman Labay from St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toronto and Fr. Peter Pidskalny, C.Ss.R. representing Bishop Pazak’s Redemptorist confreres from the Yorkton Province. Amongst the guests was H.E. Andrej Droba, Slovak Ambassador in Canada and his wife. Fr. Marek Novicky welcomed everyone. Bishop Pazak’s homily was spiritual and uplifting. His devotion to the Mother of God is obvious from the passion with which he spoke about Her. Divine Liturgy concluded with the anointing “Myrovannia” and the celebration continued with a beautiful banquet in the evening. It was nice to bundle all the events into one celebration: Bishop Pazak’s 70th birthday, 50th anniversary of his religious vocation, 15th anniversary of being at the helm of Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius for Byzantine Rite Slovaks in Canada. May God continue to bless Bishop John, his Eparchy and all those who belong to it!

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