Jan Hirka
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Ján Hirka
Bishop of Pre?ov
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ChurchSlovak Greek Catholic Church
SeeEparchy of Pre?ov
In office1989 - 2002
PredecessorBl. Pavel Peter Gojdi?, O.S.B.M
SuccessorJán Babjak, S.J
Ordination31 July 1949
by Bl. Vasil Hopko
Consecration17 February 1990
by Cardinal Jozef Tomko
Personal details
Born(1923-11-16)16 November 1923
Abranovce, Czechoslovakia
Died10 April 2014(2014-04-10) (aged 90)
Pre?ov, Slovakia
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The Most Reverend Ján Hirka (16 November 1923 - 10 April 2014) was a bishop of the Slovak Greek Catholic Church.

Coat of arms of Bishop Ján Hirka


Hirka was born in Abranovce, Czechoslovakia and was ordained a priest on 31 July 1949. Hirka was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Archeparchy of Pre?ov when it was revived on 2 April 1969, after years of suppression under the Communist regime. This was in place of the existing Auxiliary Bishop, Basil Hopko, who had survived years of imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Communists, because of complaints by nationalist members of the Church, who believed that a native Slovak should be the one to head the Church there. He was appointed eparch on 21 December 1989 and ordained as a bishop on 17 February 1990. Hirka retired on 11 December 2002.

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