Franciscan Father, Basil Schott
Named Third Bishop of Parma, Ohio

The date of enthronement of Bishop-designate Basil Schott was Thursday, July 11, 1996.

Franciscan Father, Basil Schott, a member of the Byzantine Franciscans, was born July 21, 1939, in Freeland, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Mary (Krusco) and Michael Schott. He is one of five children, Mary Ann, Michael, Paul, and Basilian Sister Helen.

He was baptized Myron by the late Father Arnold Suba, pastor of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Parish in Freeland. Father Basil spent his early teen years in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, where he attended Saint John Byzantine Catholic Church. He attended Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic School, Freeland, and Saint Gabriel High school in Hazleton.

Following graduation from Saint Gabriel High School, Father Basil entered the Byzantine Franciscans. He entered the novitiate on August 3, 1958, and was professed on August 4, 1959. Following his profession, he attended Saint Mary Seminary, Norwalk, Conn., and the post Graduate Center, New York. From these academic studies he holds bachelor's degrees in philosophy and theology, and a master's degree in theology and pastoral counseling.

Father Basil was ordained a priest on August 29, 1965, by the then Bishop Stephen Kocisko, at the Franciscan Monastery in New Canaan, Conn. Since then he has held various offices within the Byzantine Franciscan Custody of Saint Mary of the Angels and the Franciscan Order in general. Among the offices he has held in the Byzantine Franciscans are major superior, local superior, director of formation, director of novices, director of vocations, custodial councillor, custodial treasurer and spiritual assistant for the Secular Franciscans. In January 1988, Father Basil was appointed a member of the General Visitation Team by the minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, to conduct visitations for the various custodies in the United States.

Father Basil has also engaged actively in the pastoral ministry in the parishes of the Pittsburgh, Passaic, Parma, and Van Nuys Eparchies as well as in the Ukranian and Melkite eparchies. He has extensive experience in retreats, workshops, and the renewal programs for clergy, religious, seminarians, and parish communities throughout the United States. In the past Father Basil has served as chaplain to the Holy Protection Monastery, Byzantine Nuns of Saint Claire, North Royalton, Ohio, and Holy Annunciation Monastery, Byzantine Carmelite Nuns, Sugar Loaf, Pennsylvania. He also taught in the religious education departments at Byzantine High School in Parma, and Bishop Hafey High School in Hasleton.

Prior to his recent appointment as the third bishop of the Eparchy of Parma, Father Basil served as custodial councillor and hegumen of Holy Dormition Monastery, Sybertville. He also held the office of vicar for priests and religious and was a member of the Prebyteral Council in the Byzantine Eparchy of Passaic.

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