OLPH Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Byzantine Catholic Church

From the Pastor's Pen

Fr. Yuriy Oros

Wife Katerina


Daughter Margarita

Fr. Yuriy Oros

I was born on June 18, 1984 in the town of Tyachiv, in Transcarpathian region of Ukraine. In 1991, I have started elementary school No. 1 in Tyachiv. After finishing high school in 2001, I have entered in the Greek Catholic Theological Academy of blessed Theodore Romzha in Uzhorod. In 2007 I have finished my graduate theological studies there and continued with studies in Rome at the Pontifical Oriental Institute.

On June 24, 2010 I have finished my Litentiane with «Summa cum laude», after which I was awarded the title Litentiate of Eastern Christian Sciences (Historical section). After obtaining this degree I have decided to continue with further doctoral studies. After writing my thesis, entitled: Participation of the clergy in the transformation process in Transcarpathia in the period between the two World Wars (1919-1939) and after successful defense «Summa cum laude», on March 21, 2013, I was awarded the title Doctor of Eastern Christian Sciences.
On May 13, 2013 I married Katerina Shimoniak. Our marriage ceremony was performed in Rome at the Basilica of St. Sophia.
After my return home, I was ordained a deacon on July 4, 2013 and on August 19, I was ordained a priest by laying of hands of Bishop Milan (Eparch of Mukachevo).

Since August 26, 2013 I was named assistant pastor to the parish of the Protection of the Theotokos (Rotunda of Horjany) of the city of Uzhorod, which is the oldest church of our Eparchy as well as a pilgrimage place for the Eparchy of Mukachevo. From September 2013 I was appointed by Bishop Milan Sasik to teach the History of the Mukachevo Eparchy at the Greek Catholic Theological Academy of Blessed Theodore Romzha in Uzhorod, and I was at the same time named to be a member of the Historical commission of the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Mukachevo.

On August 15, 2015 I was named administrator (Rector Ecclesiae) of the parish of the Protection of the Theotokos (of the city of Uzhorod) of the Rotunda in Horjany, which serves as pilgrimage site for our Eparchy. All these responsibilities lasted until August 27, 2017, after which I was released from all the duties within the Eparchy of Mukachevo and I was given permission to transfer to the Eparchy of Passaic in the USA.

My wife, Katerina Shimoniak, finished her high school and continued at the State University of Uzhorod, where she obtained Bachelor of Philology in 2009. In 2011 she obtained her Master of Philology, and after finishing her Doctoral studies and defending her thesis obtained her PhD in 2014. From 2015 she was teaching Ukrainian language at the Language High School of T. H. Schevchenko in Uzhorod, as well as at the Uzhorod State University.

On January 4, 2017 God blessed us with birth of our daughter, who was named Margarita, in honor of St Rita of Cascia (Italy). Now our daughter has eight months and thanks to God, everything is fine.