Does this mean that Bishop Daniel was a monk or priest in the USA for many years and was thus known to the people? There is not a good biography of him on the church web site, unfortunately.
Yes, this is the case. His Grace was born in Ukraine, in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk. His mother was able to attend the concentration to the Holy Episcopacy. I spoke to her in Parma - she is also an extremely nice person. Initially, Bishop Daniel was an Eastern Rite Catholic Deacon, a celibate, who converted to Orthodoxy and joined the ranks of UOC-USA in 2000. In 2001, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Archbishop Antony and shortly after that Father Volodymyr (his name at that time) took a monastic tonsure with the name Daniel. He served at Saint Andrew's Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, NJ and at Holy Ascension in Clifton, NJ, (where Father Mitred Protopriest Jakiw Norton serves now), then again in South Bound Brook. Also, he served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army (after training in Fort Worth). Bishop Daniel handles several responsibilities for a few years - Editor in Chief of Ukrainian Orthodox Word, Dean of Students of Saint Sophia Seminary, Director of the Office of Public Relations of UOC-USA. In those positions, still being a priest, not a hierarch yet, Father Daniel frequently traveled to parishes as a preacher and a confessor. Father Hieromonk Daniel has being elevated to the rank of the Archimandrite and nominated to the Holy Episcopacy at XVIII Sobor Convention of UOC-USA in October 2007, held in South Bound Brook, NJ. I also had an honor to be present there.
The new Hierarch completed undergraduate studies at Ivano-Frankivsk Catholic Seminary. He continued education at Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. Also, Bishop Daniel holds Masters from University of Balamond, Lebanon, an educational institution, affiliated with Antiochian Patriarchate. The Bishop earned the Doctorate in Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Academy in 2007.
We are really blessed to see him being a Hierarch now!!! Bishop Daniel is fluent in at least (4) languages: English, Ukrainian, Polish and Russian. Fluent to the level of the absence of an accent in all of those listed languages. Very friendly and spiritual. Bishop Daniel always proactively supports new missions, enjoys talking to cathecumens and recent converts, etc. Always pays attention to every person. Also, Bishop Daniel has a record of leading a number of charitable trips to Ukrainian orphanages for disable children.