Father Balanean was born in Zalau, Salaj, Romania, in 1979.¬† He received his education in Romania, attending the Seminary of the Holy Three Hierarchs in Zalau and Faculty of Theology at the University of Oradea.¬† He came to the United States in 2002.
Having settled in Dearborn Heights, he attended services at Sts. Peter & Paul Church and soon began serving as one of the parish cantors.¬† At the request of the parish, Fr. HoraŇ£iu was ordained into the Holy Diaconate on December 21, 2003, by His Grace, Bishop Irineu to serve as parish deacon.¬† He was then ordained into the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel on September 9, 2007, and assigned to the parish as assistant priest.
In 2002, he married Mihaela Pop, who also attended the University of Oradea for a degree in Psychology, and has a career in nursing.¬† They have two children, Bianca Ioana and Luca Stefan.