Theodore Romzha

Blessed Martyr

Theodore Romzha
Eparch of Mukacheve
Romzha in 1936
ChurchRuthenian Greek Catholic Church
DioceseEparchy of Mukacheve
Appointed8 September 1944
Term ended31 October 1947
PredecessorOleksandr Stoika
Successorvacant till 1983, then Ivan Semedi
Ordination25 December 1936 (Priest)
Consecration24 September 1944 (Bishop)
Personal details
Born14 April 1911
Velykyi Bychkiv, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine)
Died31 October 1947 (aged 36)
Uzhhorod, Ukrainian SSR
Feast day31 October (martyrdom); 28 June (translation of relics)
Venerated inGreek Catholic Churches
Roman Catholic Church
Title as SaintBlessed Martyr
Beatified27 June 2001
by Pope John Paul II

Theodore George Romzha (Ukrainian: Теодор Юрій Ромжа, Hungarian: Tódor György Romzsa, 14 April 1911 – 31 October 1947) was bishop of the Ruthenian Catholic Eparchy of Mukacheve from 1944 to 1947. Assassinated by NKVD, he was beatified as a martyr by Pope John Paul II on 27 June 2001.

Early life

Theodore Romzha was born in the Subcarpathia region, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (in the Rusyn village Velykyi Bychkiv, now Ukraine) on 14 April 1911.[1]

His father, Pavel Romzha, worked as an official of the railroad. His mother, the former Maria Semack, was a full-time homemaker. Like many ambitious families in the region, the Romzhas spoke the Hungarian language in the home. In the presence of others, however, they switched to their native Rusyn language. After his graduation from the Gymnasium in Khust, Theodore left to study for the priesthood in Rome. He began as a seminarian at the Collegium Germanicum, but later switched to the Russicum.[citation needed]

Theodore was ordained a priest there by Bishop Aleksander Evreinov on Christmas Day, 1936 in the Basilica of St Mary Major. After completing his compulsory military service he served briefly as a pastor in several Transcarpathian parishes (part of Czechoslovakia since 1918) before being assigned as professor of philosophy at the Eparchial Seminary in Uzhhorod in 1939, now given back to Hungary.[citation needed]

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čeština: Teodor Romža
español: Teodor Romzha
français: Theodore Romzha
italiano: Teodoro Romža
русиньскый: Теодор Ромжa
slovenčina: Teodor Romža
українська: Теодор (Ромжа)