On Monday, June 27, 2022 our Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada (http://www.ucet.ca/) will be celebrating the official installation of the Most Reverend Bishop Bryan Joseph Bayda, CSsR, as our 4th Eparch. Bishop Bryan was nominated by Pope Francis at the request of our Synod of Bishops. His Grace Lawrence Huculak, Metropolitan Archbishop of Winnipeg will preside over the ceremony. Metropolitan Borys Gudziak of Philadelphia, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toronto, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, the Most Rev. Ivan Jurkovic, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, all the active Ukrainian Catholic bishops in North America, many Eastern and Roman Catholic bishops from Canada and the United States, as well as the Consul General of Ukraine, Mr. Oleksandr Shevchenko will attend.
Because of the escalation of russia’s war against Ukraine His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav, Primate of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church is unable to attend. He and many bishops from Ukraine have sent their greetings and congratulations.
Bryan Bayda was born in 1961 in Saskatoon, SK, the third of six children. Although he grew up in Saskatoon, like many young people in Saskatchewan, he spent summers and weekends helping out on his family farm. He attended and completed St. Vladimir’s College Minor Seminary in Roblin, MB and acquired his BA (1982) and M.Div. (1987) at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. He professed perpetual vows in 1986 with the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Ukrainian Redemptorists, Yorkton Province), was ordained to the priesthood in 1987 and to the episcopate in 2008. From 2008 Bishop Bryan Bayda served as Bishop of Saskatoon. He was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada in November 2019, following the resignation of Bishop Stephen Chmilar. He has served on a number of commissions of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, was the Youth Liaison of our Synod and represented our Synod at the 2018 Papal Synod on youth. He loves music, composes his own songs, and plays the guitar. He has a wonderful sense of humour!