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The Ukrainian Catholic Church

Ukrainian Catholics also have a significant presence in Poland. When the Soviet Union annexed most of Galicia during World War II, about 1,300,000 Ukrainians remained in Poland. In 1946 the new Polish communist authorities deported most of these Ukrainians to the Soviet Union and suppressed the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Approximately 145,000 Ukrainian Catholics dispersed around the country were able to worship openly only in the Latin rite. Only in 1957 were pastoral centers opened to serve them. In 1989 Pope John Paul II appointed a Ukrainian bishop as auxiliary to the Polish Primate. Bishop Ivan Martyniak was appointed bishop of Przemysl of the Byzantine-Ukrainian rite on January 16, 1991, thus providing Byzantine Catholics in Poland with their first diocesan bishop since the war. In the general reshaping of Polish ecclesiastical structures that took place in 1992, Przemysl was made a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Warsaw and removed from the metropolitan province of Lviv to which it had belonged since 1818. It was later made immediately subject to the Holy See. In 1996 Pope John Paul II elevated the Przemysl diocese to the rank of metropolitan see, and changed its name to Przemysl-Warsaw. At the same time, he created a new Ukrainian Catholic diocese of Wroclaw-Gdansk, making it a suffragan of the new metropolitan see of Przemysl-Warsaw. There are now about 53,000 Ukrainian Catholics in Poland.

There is a large diaspora of Ukrainian Catholics. In the United States there are four dioceses and 200 parishes for about 103,000 members. The Metropolitan is Archbishop Stefan Soroka of Philadelphia of the Ukrainians (827 North Franklin Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123). In Canada there are five dioceses and 431 parishes with 86,000 faithful. The Metropolitan is Archbishop Lawrence Huculak, OSBM, of Winnipeg of the Ukrainians (233 Scotia Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2V 1V7). The ten parishes serving an estimated 34,000 Ukrainian Catholics in Australia are under the pastoral care of Most Rev. Peter Stasiuk, Bishop of Sts. Peter and Paul of Melbourne (35 Canning Street, North Melbourne, Victoria 3051). There is an Apostolic Exarchate for Ukrainian Catholics in Great Britain located at 22 Binney Street, London W1Y 1YN, with 15 parishes and about 50,000 members. There is also a large Ukrainian Catholic presence in Latin America with about 160,000 faithful in the diocese of Sao Joao Batista em Curitiba, Brazil, and 155,000 in the diocese of Santa Maria del Patrocinio in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In the diaspora there are major Ukrainian seminaries in Washington, DC; Stamford, Connecticut; Ottawa, Canada; and Curitiba, Brazil. The Pontifical Ukrainian College of St. Josaphat in Rome was founded in 1897, and moved into its current location on the Janiculum Hill in 1932.

Location: Ukraine, Poland, United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Western Europe
Head: Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (born 1970, elected 2011)
Title: Major Archbishop of Kiev and Halych
Residence: Kiev, Ukraine
Membership: 4,351,000
Website: www.ugcc.org.ua


Last Modified: 30 Mar 2011


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