Pope names bishops for Eastern-rite Eparchies and Archeparchies

Over the past week Pope Francis named five prelates of the Eastern-rite to head Eparchies and Archeparchies.

On Aug. 5 he appointed Most Rev. Thomas Mar Eusebius Naickamparambil, 56, as the first bishop of the newly erected Syro-Malankara Eparchy of Parassala, India. He had been bishop of the Syro-Malankara Eparchy of St. Mary Queen of Peace of the United States and Canada.

He named Most Rev. Philipose Mar Stephanos Thattathil, 65, up until now auxiliary bishop of Tiruvalla, India, as the next bishop of the Syro-Malankara Eparchy of Saint Mary Queen of Peace of the United States and Canada.

On Aug. 8, the pope appointed Father Andriy Rabiy as auxiliary of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Father Rabiy, 41, currently serves as vicar general of the archeparchy and as pastor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Reading, Pennsylvania.

On Aug. 9, Pope Francis named Bishop Emmanuel Challita, 61, of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto, Canada, as Bishop of the Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle in San Diego. The pontiff also named Bishop Frank Kalabat, 47, of the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, Detroit, as the apostolic administrator of the Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto.

For the USCCB News Release (Aug. 5, 2017), click here.

For the USCCB News Release (Aug. 8, 2017), click here.

For the USCCB News Release (Aug. 9, 2017), click here.