Ján Eugen Kočiš

Bishop Ján Eugen Kočiš (25 June 1926 – 4 December 2019) was a Slovak-Czech Ruthenian Greek Catholic hierarch, who served as a Titular Bishop of Abrittum and an Auxiliary Bishop of the Ruthenian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Czech Republic from 24 April 2004 until 7 October 2006.

Ján Eugen Kočiš
Titular Bishop of Abrittum,
Auxiliary Bishop of Ruthenian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Czech Republic
ChurchRuthenian Greek Catholic Church
Appointed24 April 2004
Term ended7 October 2006
Other postsProtosyncellus of Ruthenian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Czech Republic (1996–2006)
Ordination1 January 1951 (Priest)
by Robert Pobožný
Consecration15 May 2004 (Bishop)
by Đura Džudžar
Personal details
Birth nameJán Eugen Kočiš
Born(1926-06-25)June 25, 1926
Pozdišovce, Czechoslovakia
(present day Slovakia)
DiedDecember 4, 2019(2019-12-04) (aged 93)
Prešov, Slovakia
Coat of arms of Bishop Ján Eugen Kočiš


Bishop Kočiš was born as a youngest child among 8 children in the Greek-Catholic family of Juraj Kočiš in the Michalovce District of the Eastern Slovakia, but he grew up in Trebišov. After his graduation of school education, he completed his study as the teacher in the Pedagogical College in Michalovce (1942–1946) and worked in this profession a one year in Malá Tŕňa.[1]

In 1947 he joined the Theological Seminary in Prešov, where studied until prohibition of the Greek-Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia in 1950 and the beginning of religion persecution. Kočiš was clandestinely ordained as a priest on January 1, 1951,[2] a short time before his was forced to make a compulsory service in the military camps for forced labour (1951–1953).[1]

After ordination he served as a clandestine priest, but officially worked as a baker, excavator driver, worker, until his arrest and imprisonment in 1958 by the Communist Czechoslovak State Security for four years. Then he was released, but with prohibition to live in Slovakia and remained in the Czech Republic. In this time, in December 3, 1967, he was clandestine consecrated to the Episcopate by Felix Maria Davídek (but this consecration, among others, made by this bishop, wasn't recognised by the Holy See).[3]

With The Prague Spring and a period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia, Msgr. Kočiš returned to an active pastoral service as a close cooperator to Ján Hirka. Also from 1991 until 1993 he served as a parish priest in Ďurďoš. On January 1993, he was appointed as a Vicar for the Greek-Catholics in the Czech Republic with the residence in Prague and with the creation of the Ruthenian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Czech Republic in 1996, he became a Protosyncellus of this ecclesiastical structure.[1]

On April 24, 2004 Msgr. Kočiš was appointed and on May 15, 2004 was consecrated "sub conditione" to the Episcopate as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Ruthenian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Czech Republic and the Titular Bishop of Abrittum. The principal consecrator was Bishop Đura Džudžar.[2]

After his retirement in 2006 he returned to his native Slovakia and resided in Prešov.[1] He died on December 4, 2019.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biskup Ján Eugen Kočiš sa v sobotu dožíva životného jubilea: 90-tky". Official Website of The Eparchy of Bratislava (in Slovak). Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Bishop Ján Eugen Kočiš". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Czechoslovakia". apostolische-nachfolge.de. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Zomrel gréckokatolícky emeritný biskup Ján Eugen Kočiš". presov.korzar.sme.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 4 December 2019.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Fylymon Kurchaba
Titular Bishop of Abrittum
Succeeded by