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The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora

On March 12, 1995, the entire Ukrainian Orthodox hierarchy outside Ukraine that had not already done so was received into the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, including the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States. It is estimated that in total this group has about 150,000 faithful and 200 parishes, mostly in the United States, but also in Brazil, Western Europe and elsewhere. The Ukrainian Orthodox in Canada had been received under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1990 [see the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada].

The reception of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA into the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate removed the remaining obstacles to full unity with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America. This was accomplished in November 1996. Bishop Vsevolod, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America, became bishop of the Western Eparchy based in Chicago, Illinois.

Sadly, however, this unity was threatened almost as soon as it was achieved. In 1998 six of the church’s parishes were received into the jurisdiction of the The Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kiev Patriarchate in Ukraine. The priests of these parishes had been suspended and wished to establish links with the Ukrainian Patriarchate in spite of its non-canonical character. The bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora vigorously protested these actions by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kiev Patriarchate when they met together in Winnipeg in June 1998.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States has a total of 104 parishes and missions. The Ukrainian Orthodox in Great Britain are under the care of Bishop Andriy Pesko, whose offices are at 1A Newton Avenue, Acton, London W3 8AJ. Archbishop Ioan, who resides in Belgium, is head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, where there are nine parishes and one mission. The President of the Ukrainian Orthodox Consistory of Australia and New Zealand is Very Rev. Mykola Serdiuk, 21 Timbury Street, Moorooka, Queensland 4105.

Following the death of Metropolitan Constantine of Irinopolis (born 1936, elected 1995) on May 21, 2012, Archbishop Antony of the Eastern Eparchy was named Locum Tenens of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA pending the election of a new primate. An Extraordinary Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA was held on October 6, 2012, and chose Archbishop Antony as Metropolitan-Elect. This decision was confirmed by the Ecumenical Patriarchate on October 31, and the new Metropolitan’s enthronement took place on January 25, 2013.

Location: The United States
Head: Metropolitan Antony of Hierapolis (born 1947, elected 2012)
Title: Metropolitan and Prime Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA
Residence: South Bound Brook, New Jersey, USA
Website: www.uocofusa.org


Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015


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