Our Clergy

Father Brian Escobedo

Fr. Brian Escobedo was ordained to the Presbyterate by Bishop Gerald Dino on June 9, 2013 following his graduation from Sts Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary. in Pittsburgh, PA.  He served as Administrator at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church In Albuquerque, NM where he served as a Deacon since 2007.  In January 2015, he became the Pastor of Holy Angels Byzantine Catholic Church and after in September 2019 became the Pastor of Holy Protection in Denver.  He and his wife, Pani Janet, have been married over 41 years and have three grown children and three grandchildren..  Pani is a Licensed Professional Counselor in CO and NM.  Both Pani and Father Brian are USAF retirees.  Fr. Brian can be reached at frescobedo@ephx.org

Fr. Deacon Basil Ryan Balke M.A. M.Th.

Father Deacon Basil Ryan is a native of Colorado, and has lived in Denver for most of his life. He holds a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regis University and a Masters of Theology in Eastern Theology from the University of Balaamond. He is currently seeking his Masters of Divinity from the Antiochian House of Studies. A regular lecture at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, and the Eastern Deacon Columnist for Our Sunday Visitor’s “The Deacon” publication. He ministers at both Holy Protection and at SS. Cyril and Methodius Russian Greek Catholic Community. Fr. Dcn. Basil is married to his lovely wife Brittany, and they have three daughters. Fr. Deacon Basil is passionate about the therapeutic healing found in Eastern Christianity. He can be reached at dcnbasil@ephx.org