St. John The Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Newark NJ

Current Priests

Fr. Taras Svirchuk, C.Ss.R

Fr. Taras Svirchuk, C.Ss.R

Father Taras Svirchuk, son of Alexander and Lyubov, was born April 14, 1981 in the city of Novoyavorivsk. He has a younger sister Marianna.

From 1988 until 1998 he studied in High School No 2 in Novoyavorivsk and after completing this school he entered the Redemptorist monastery.

At the age of 7-8 he served at the altar of the Nativity of the Blessed Mother Chapel, which was under the care of the Redemptorists. He felt a calling to the monastery gradually. Fathers Stephan Fedchyshyn, Volodymy Vitowsky, Andriy Manko, Volodymyr Vons, Ihor Mykhlyak and many others who came to parish feasts, retreats and missions had a great impact on him.

He entered the monastery in June of 1998.

He professed his first vows on August 19, 1999 in the village of Kokhavyno (in the region of Lviv).

He studied in Lviv at the Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky Higher Theological Institute from 1999 until 2002.

From 2002-2005 he studied at the Redemptorist seminary in Tukhiv (in Poland). He got his Masters Degree in the New Testament on the topic of “Jesus, the intercessor between God and men (John 14, 4-5)”.

On August 15, he professed his final vows.

July 12, 2005, Bishop Ihor Wozniak, CSsR ordained him deacon at the Church of Martyr St. Josaphat in the city of Lviv.

He served as a deacon in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother in Ternopil, March and April of 2006.

Bishop Ihor Wozniak, CSsR ordained him a priest in the city of Lviv, on April 7, 2006.

He worked as a priest at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother which is part of the Redemptorist monastery in Ternopil.

From May 3, 2007 until 2008 he was assigned as Father Superior of the Monastery of St. Alphonsus and rector of the Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky Higher Theological Institute in Lviv (225 Zamarstynivska Street).

September 30, 2008 he came to the United States where he was assigned as assistant pastor in Newark, NJ and is there till the present day. While in Newark he worked with Father Andriy Manko until October 2012 when Fr. Andriy was assigned to a parish in Ukraine. In 2009 Father Taras entered Seton Hall University and in the spring of 2015 he received a Masters Degree in Theology.

From October 1, 2014 he is pastor of St. John’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Newark.

Fr. Mykola Bychok, C.Ss.R

Fr. Mykola Bychok, C.Ss.R

Father Mykola Bychok, the son of Petro and Hanna, was born February 13, 1980 in the city of Ternopil. He has a younger brother named Paul.

From 1987 until 1997 he studied at school No 14 in the city of Ternopil and upon his graduation he had to make a very important decision in his life: QUO VADIS (where are you going)?

He felt a calling to follow Christ at the age of 15, when he was in 9th grade. The Redemptorist Fathers helped him to recognize his calling because it was at their parish that he regularly attended Liturgy.

Afterwards he was an altar boy and joined the fathers on Missions and retreats at various monasteries. But what had the strongest influence on him was the example of the lives of the Redemptorists and their great zeal in the preaching of God’s Word. His first teacher was Father Mykhajlo Shevchyshyn, a great preacher and missionary. Another of his teachers was Father Volodymyr Vons, thanks to whom he became certain that God was calling him to this congregation.

He entered the monastery on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, July 12, 1997.

He professed his first vows on August, 1998 in the village of Kokhavyno in the region of Lviv.

In 1998 - 2001 he studied at the Higher Spiritual Institution of blessed Mykolay Charnetsky.

In the years 2001-2004 he studied at the Redemptorist Seminary in Tykhiv, Poland and there defended his master’s thesis on the topic of “Work with youth groups in Greek Catholic parishes in Ukraine.”

August 17, 2003 he professed his final vows.

July 12, 2004 Bishop Michael Hrynchyshyn ordained him deacon at the church of Hieromartyr Josaphat in Lviv.

March-April of 2005 he did his deaconate practice at the mission in the city of Berdiansk in the region of Zaporizhia.

He was ordained a priest by Bishop Ihor Wozniak, CSsR on May 3, 2005 in the city of Lviv.

In 2005-2007 he served as missionary at the parish of the Mother of God of Perpetual Help in Siberia (Russia) in the city of Prokopyevsk.

March 10, 2007 he was assigned pastor of youth in the parish of the Mother of God of Perpetual Help in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk.

From November 1, 2008 – August 1, 2010 he served as the rector of the monastery of St. Joseph and the rector of the parish of the Mother of God of Perpetual Help in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk.

Later he was assigned as treasurer of the Lviv Redemptorist Province and served in this role until December 30, 2014.

From January 31-April 26, 2015 he assisted in monasteries in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk.

From April 27, 2015 he is serving St. John’s parish in Newark, NJ.