I am from the Bala family. My dads grandfather came from the Glaica area which then became polish and Austrian. He came to Canada with bothers Joseph and Dymtry Bala. His name was Wasyl Bala. And I do know he had sisters. I have his boat records and on the boat records there is Dmytry and Joseph (sisters names I have to go look) I do know some also went to the states. My dads grandfather was in the Ontario area for a while. We have land records that show us this. Then he went to Alberta, Canada. Were there is land records and many grave sites of all the Balas. In the late 1930's the spelt out name wrong when the government took record o citizens and been spelling our name wrong ever since. The boat records are all Bala and all document up to the 1930's is signed Bala. We just found this out 2 years ago. My there is 11 kids in my dads family (10 boys and 1 girl) They all speak Ukrainain. After 3 years of research and long distance contace,last year 8 members of the Bala family went to Ukraine and saw there grandfathers home (my great grandfather). They have met people there and keep in contact with them. I dont know if any of them were priest, i will have to ask. Maybe they are the same family? Just a little note: At Ukrainian village near Edmonton Alberta. There is a honor plaque to the Bala family as Alberta first homesteader. Name is spelt correctly (BALA) as the ukrianian society from there has to follow the birth certificate and entry docs. Hope this was helpful?