Metropolitan Judson Procyk Dies in Pittsburgh on April 24
PITTSBURGH, PA - Metropolitan-Archbishop Judson M. Procyk, DD., Primate of the Byzantine-Ruthenian Catholic Church of America and Ordinary of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh of the Ruthenians,
was found dead at his residence in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, April 24, 2001. He was 70 years old and had led the Ruthenian Metropolia since 1995. At this time, it is reported that Metropolitan Judson suffered a massive heart attack.
Metropolitan Procyk was the third Metropolitan of the Byzantine Ruthenian Church and the sixth ordinary of the Pittsburgh Eparchy.
The Pittsburgh Exarchate, established in 1924, with Bishop Basil Takach as the first exarch, was elevated to the status of a Metropolitan Province by Pope Paul VI in 1969. The Most Rev. Stephen J. Kocisko was appointed Metropolitan-Archbishop, the first ever in the history of the Sub-Carpathian Church. Kocisko was succeeded by the Most Rev. Thomas V. Dolinay, who died in 1993.
At the time of his appointment as Metropolitan, Procyk was the rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Munhall, PA. Just prior to his elevation, Msgr. Procyk had completed an extensive building program for the new St. John the Baptist Cathedral, a beautiful edifice in the Byzantine style. The historic Ruthenian cathedral was located for many years in the Homestead borough of Pittsburgh, and the declining neighborhood led to the construction of the new church.
Procyk's previous assignments included rector of SS. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary on Pittsburgh's north side. He led the 50th. anniversary celebration of the seminary in 2000 - 2001.
Metropolitan Judson will be buried from St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Munhall on Monday, April 30. May his memory be eternal! Christ is Risen. Khrystos Voskres!
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Obituary.
A Brief Synopsis of the Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church in the US.
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