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Kyr Dionysius Paul Lachovicz, OSBM
Curial bishop-elect of the Ukrainian Catholic Major Archbishopric of Kyiv-Halych.
Kyr Dionysius was born Paul Lachovicz, on July 2, 1946 at Pombas, in the Province of Itaiópolis, Santa Caterina State, Brazil. He attended the Basilian Seminary in Curitiba and entered the Basilian Order on January 15, 1962. Upon receiving the monastic tonsure & habit, Paul took the religious name of Brother Dionysius. After his novitiate, her made his First Vows in the Order, on January 30, 1964. He was sent to Rome for to study theology, from 1968-1972, graduating with a licentiate decree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Athaneum of St. Anselm. He returned to Rome in 1980-1982 to specialize in Philsophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
On March 30, 1970, Brother Dionysius made his Solemn Perpetual Profession of Monastic Vows at the Basilian Monastery Chapel of Christ the Pantocrator, Rome. Returning to his homeland, was ordained a deacon by the saintly bishop Joseph Martnetz, OSBM in Curitiba and a priest on December 8, 1972 at Iracema-Itaiópolis, by newly-ordained Bishop Ehpraim Krevey, OSBM.
Following his ordination, for many years, Father Lachovicz served as professor of philosophy and three terms as Rector and Superior (Hegumen) of the Basilian Studium in Curitiba from 1982 to 1991. In October 1991, He volunteered to serve as a missionary in Ukraine. During this time, he taught as professor of philsophy at the Basilian Studium and theology at the Eparchial Institute of Ivano-Frankivsk. In 1994 he was named Rector of the Basilian Institute in Zolochiv and Professor at the Major Seminary in Lviv.
On July 19, 1996 he was elected Protoarchimandrite- Superior General of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat, an office which he held until July 2004. In 2005, he was named Rector of the Basilian Major Seminary at Briuxovici (Lviv). On December 21, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI gave his assent to Father Lachovicz's canonical election, made by the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, as Curial Bishop of the Major Archbishopric of Kyiv-Halych. In this capacity, he will assist the Major Archbishop in the administration of the actual Archeparchy of Kyiv. The Roman Prontiff assigned to Bishop-elect Lachovicz the Titular See Egnatia. His episcopal ordination will take place at St. Josaphat's Cathedral in Prudentopolis, Brazil, on February 26, 2006.
Kyr Myron Mazur, OSBM
Auxillary bishop-elect of the Eparchy of St. John the Baptist in Curitiba, for Ukrainian Catholics of Brazil.
Kyr Myron (Meron) Mazur was born on February 5, 1962, in Prudentopolis, Paranà State, Brazil. He attended the Basilian Minor Seminary of São José in Prudentopolis and subsequently entered the Basilian Order on February 7, 1979. After his novitiate, he made his First Vows in the Order on February 10, 1981. He completed his secondary schooling and philosophical studies at the St. Basil's Seminary-Studium in Bastel, Curtitiba. He was sent to Rome in 1986, where he attended the Pontifical Athaneum of St. Anselm, obtaining a baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 1989, and a licentiate in Educational Sciences in 1992 from the Salesianum Institute. On January 1, 1988, he made his Solemn Perpetual Profession of Monastic Vows in Rome in the Basilian Church of the Pantocrator. On September 8, 1990, he was ordained a priest in Prudentopolis, Brazil, by Bishop Ephraim Krevey, OSBM.
Over the years, Father Myron fulfilled various pastoral assignments and served as Professor, Superior and Rector at the Basilian Institutes in Prudentopolis and in Curitiba, and also as Superior of St. Basil's Major Seminary. In July 2004, with the election of then Provincial Basil Koubetch as Superior General, Father Mazur was confirmed as Provincial Superior (Protohegumen) of the Basilians in Brazil. During his year as Provincial, he also served as assistant pastor in the parish of "Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora" in Curitiba. On December 21, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI named Father Mazur Auxillary Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. John the Baptist in Curitiba, Brazil, assigning to him the Titular See of Simittu. His episcopal ordination will take place at St. Josaphat's Cathedral in Prudentopolis, Brazil, on February 26, 2006.
Kyr Volodymyr Koubetch, OSBM
Coadjutor bishop of the Eparchy of St. John the Baptist in Curitiba,
for Ukrainian Catholics of Brazil.
Volodymyr (Valdemiro) Koubetch was born in village of Mandaguaçu in Paranà State, Brazil, on March 27, 1953. He attended elementary school in Umuarama and Roncador. From 1966 to 1970, he studied at the Basilian Minor Seminary in Prudentopolis (Paranà).
On January 28, 1971, he entered the novitiate of the Basilian Order at Ivai. From 1971-1973, he was under the direction of Master of Novices Father Athanasius Kupitski, OSBM. On February 11, 1973, he made his first simple profession of temporary vows, completing his novitiate formation.
From 1973-1975, Brother Volodymyr completed his pre-university studies at the Basilian Institute in Curitiba. From 1976-1978, he studied philosophy at the Basilian House of Studies in Curitiba (Batel). On August 16, 1978, he made his solemn perpetual profession of vows in the Basilian Order. From 1978-1981, he studied sacred theology at the Pontifical College (Athanaeum) of St. Anselm, in Rome.
Father Volodymyr was ordained a deacon in Rome, on April 12, 1981, by Archbishop Myroslav Marusyn. On December 6, 1981, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Efraim Krevey, OSBM, at his home parish of Roncador.
Father Koubetch held various pastoral charges throughout his 22 years of priesthood: From 1982-1983, he served as assistant pastor in the parish of Ivai; from 1983-1988 in Prudentopolis as assistant pastor; 1990-1991 parish priest in São Paolo; 1996-2000 assisant pastor of Ponta Grossa. Since 2000, he has served the pastoral stations of Antonio Olinto, Campina, Santos Andrade, Mico Magro and São João.
Father Koubetch had been entrusted with various positions of authority in the Basilian Order and the Eparchy: 1991-1996 director of the eparchial Apostleship of Prayer; from 1992-1996 Superior of the Basilian house of studies (Batel) in Curitiba; 1996-2000 Consultor in the Basilian Provincial Curia.
Since his ordination, he also served as teacher and professor: From 1983-1988 as teacher and spiritual director at the minor seminary in Prudentopolis, and from 1989-1990 and 1991-1996 as professor at the eparchial major seminary; Since 1993, he has taught sacred theology at the Catholic Theological Institute in Curitiba.
In 1990, Father Volodymyr enrolled in a graduate program at the University of São Paolo, obtaining his licentiate in moral theology, in 1993. In 2000, he obtained a doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro.
On December 10, 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed him Coadjutor bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. John the Baptist in Curitiba. He was ordained bishop on Sunday, March 21, 2004, at the Cathedral of São João Batista, Curitiba.
On July 12, 2004, Bishop Volodymyr's Brother, Father Basil
Koubetch, OSBM, was elected Protoarchimandrite- Superior General of the