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FROM: MITERED ARCHPRIEST STEPHEN G. WASHKO
EPARCHIAL ADMINISTRATOR OF VAN NUYS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2002
Reverend William Skurla Named Third Bishop of Van Nuys Eparchy
Pope John Paul II has named Reverend William Skurla as
Bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Van Nuys. He succeeds Most
Reverend George M. Kuzma who retired in December of 2000.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States,
announced the appointment.
William Skurla was born in Duluth, Minnesota, June 1, 1956 where he attended
Catholic and public elementary schools. He graduated from Chisholm
Junior-Senior High in 1974, and did Post-Graduate work in Deerfield Academy
in Deerfield, Massachusetts, graduating in 1975.
He attended Columbia University in New York City, graduating with a
concentration in Philosophy in 1981. He studied at Mary Immaculate Seminary
in Northampton, Pennsylvania, receiving a Masters of Divinity in 1986 and a
Masters of Theology in 1987.
He entered the Franciscan community in Sybertsville, Pennsylvania, was
Solemnly Professed in 1985 and ordained to the priesthood in 1987. Following
his ordination he served in many positions of responsibility, namely Vicar
of Holy Dormitions Monastery in Sybertsville, Secretary of Custody, and
Spiritual Assistant. Other responsibilities included his work in
photography, computers and editing the community newsletter and the Eastern
In 1996, having received and accepted his dispensation from solemn vows as a
member of the order of Friars Minor, he was incardinated into the Eparchy of
Van Nuys, where he had been serving for 3 years at St. Melany parish in
He has continued in St. Melany Church until the present. He has served the
Eparchy as the associate Editor of the Eparchial Newsletter, an Eparchial
Consultor, member of the Deacon's Review Board, and the Metropolitan Youth
He has been active as the Secretary of the Arizona Eastern Clergy
Association, and member of Jeus Caritas priest association, as well as many
other inter-church activities in Tucson.
Rt. Rev. Stephen G. Washko
St. Stephen Pro-Cathedral
8141 N. 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020