Bohdan J. Danylo, 43, was born May 22, 1971 in Gizycko, Poland, the son of Miroslaw and Olga Danylo (nee Gajocha). He is the older of two children. His sister Maria with her husband Bogdan Fedirko live in Chicago, Illinois.
Bishop-elect grew up in Przemysl (Peremyshl), where he attended grade school and high school. After graduating from II Liceum in 1990, he entered seminary formation at the Metropolitan Seminary in Lublin, and studied philosophy at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. In 1992, he immigrated with his family to the United States of America where he continued his theological studies at the Catholic University of America while residing at St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington, DC. In 1996, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology.
Bishop-elect has a connection to the Eparchy of Parma, inasmuch as his paternal grandfather, John Danylo was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1909 and left America for Eastern Europe before outset of World War I.
On October 1, 1996, Bishop-elect Danylo was ordained a priest for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford by Bishop Basil H. Losten at St. Basil Seminary chapel in Stamford, CT. For a year following his ordination he served as an assistant pastor at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hartford, CT. In 1997 he was assigned as the Dean of Men and Procurator of St. Basil College Seminary. In 2001, he was appointed the Vice Rector of St. Basil College Seminary and served in this position until 2004.
In 2004/05, Bishop-elect resided at the Casa Santa Maria in Rome, where he earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. Upon returning to the Eparchy of Stamford in September 2005, he was appointed Rector/President of St. Basil Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Stamford, CT.
On August 12, 2007, Bishop Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, Eparch of Stamford bestowed on Father Danylo the title of Very Reverend Archpriest.
In his eparchial assignments Bishop-elect Danylo served as Vocations Director and Youth Director for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, as secretary of the Presbyteral Council, as board member of the Eparchial Priests’ Benevolence Plan, and as executive secretary of the Pastoral Council.
In addition Bishop–elect Danylo serves as secretary of the Patriarchal Commission for Clergy in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, and is a member of the Working Group for the Development of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
Bishop-elect Danylo also serves as Board Director of the Providence Association of Ukrainian Catholics in America, and is a member of the League of Ukrainian Catholics of America.
On August 7, 2014, Pope Francis appointed him the Eparch of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, OH.
Fr. Bohdan was born on September 13, 1973, in the village of Rosokhach, Ternopil Region, in Ukraine. After graduating from high school in 1991, he entered the Lviv Seminary of the Holy Spirit where he studied for 5 years. In August 1997, Fr. Bohdan married IvannaTopolnytska. He was ordained to the Diaconate on October 30, 1997, and a month later, November 30, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood, in Ternopil, by the Most Rev. Bishop Michajlo Sabryha. Fr. Bohdan served for three years in the Ternopil Eparchy, and five years in the Buchach Eparchy, in Ukraine.
During the fall of 2005, Fr. Bohdan came to the United States to fulfill his obligations as a priest. He was assigned as the Assistant Pastor of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Parma, in June 2011. Father Bohdan and his wife Ivanna have two beautiful and lovely children: Yuliya and Marko.