Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Byzantine Catholics from Maine to Florida get new bishop

NJHAC103-124_2013_160054_high.jpgByzantine Catholics in 84 parishes from Maine to Florida have a new bishop.

The Most Rev. Kurt Burnette was ordained the fifth bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic on Wednesday.

Pope Francis appointed Burnette to the post on Oct. 29. 

Byzantine Catholics in America are the spiritual descendants of Christians in central and eastern Europe and the Middle East.

The ordination took place at the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel. 

The church, which is the symbolic centre of the Byzantine Church on the East Coast, is in a neighbourhood that once was home to mainly eastern Europeans. 

Today the area is largely Latino.

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