|Eparch of Parma for the Byzantines|
|Appointed||June 24, 2017|
|Installed||July 1, 2018|
|Predecessor||John Michael Kudrick|
|Ordination||July 1, 2001|
by Bishop Milan Chautur, CSsR
|Consecration||June 1, 2013|
by Metropolitan Ján Babjak, SJ
|Born||November 18, 1973|
Ke?marok, Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
|Previous post||Auxiliary Eparch of Pre?ov|
Titular Eparch of Ostracine
|Spoken style||His Grace|
He was born on November 18, 1973 in Ke?marok, a town in the Spi? region of eastern Slovakia.
He studied theology at the TF TU in Bratislava. Lach was ordained a deacon on November 11, 2000, and a priest July 1, 2001, in the Cathedral of the Birth of Virgin Mary the Holy Mother of God in Ko?ice, both by the bishop of Ko?ice, Milan Chautur CSsR.
From 2001 to 2002, he performed a civilian service in the Jesuit community in Ko?ice and in 2003 he worked at East-West Spirituality Center as a scientist. From 2003 to 2004, he was appointed a head of the East-West Spirituality Center in Ko?ice and at the same time he helped Christians and others in Ko?ice and the surrounding area of Ko?ice.
In 2004, he began his studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, where he obtained a doctorate in 2009. In addition to his experience from the international academic environment, he has also gained experience in spiritual service as a helping hand at the Pontifical College of Russicum and as a spiritual assistant of the Federation of Scouts of Europe in Rome. He also co-authored with Vatican Radio.
After returning from studies in Rome in 2009, he worked as a director at the Center of Spirituality East-West. In addition to securing the scientific tasks of the center, organizing scientific conferences, building a library fund and establishing contacts with other countries institute, he taught one semester at the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University in Ko?ice, where he also was a member of a theological journal Verba Theologica.
He has been in the Society of Jesus in Slovakia since December 30, 2009. He was a provincial counselor and since January 1, 2012 a delegate for the formation of Jesuit scholastics.
He is fluent in Slovak and Italian, actively communicates in English and Russian and passively in French.
On April 19, 2013, Pope Francis appointed him as an Auxiliary Bishop of Pre?ov. He was ordained on June 1, 2013, in ?utina. On June 24, 2017, he was appointed by Pope Francis as Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of Parma for Byzantines in the United States. On June 1, 2018, Pope Francis named Lach as eparch of Parma. He was enthroned one month later on July 1.
|Catholic Church titles|
John Michael Kudrick
| Eparch of Parma for the Byzantines
| Auxiliary Eparch of Pre?ov
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