Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church established 3 Metropolitan Archeparchies in Ukraine

Friday, November 11, 2011

I was surprised as i read it, here in the Website of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, that in November 29, and December 13 and 22, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archdiocese of Lviv will be a Metropolia, and at the same two Eparchies will be Erected as new Metropolitan Archdioceses, namely the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchies of Ivano-Frankivsk and of Ternopil-Zboriv. Here below is the cited Commentary of His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kyiv Halych of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic:

"Today in Ukraine there is a single metropolitanate of Kyiv and Halych based in Kyiv. With such a structure, our metropolitanate reflects the state of church that we had at the time of Kyivan Rus’. There was one metropolitan, the de facto head of the national church, who had, respectively, authority over the bishops on his territory. For more than a thousand years our church has developed, particularly in Ukraine. Today this natural state of development of the church structure needs to be improved. Therefore, in order to provide better pastoral care for our faithful, according to the decision of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC and with the blessing of the Apostolic See, we created three new metropolitanates,"

Here is the followed Reorganization of the Hierarchy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church within Ukraine:

+ Major Archdiocese of Kyiv Halych
- Archeparchy of Kyiv
- Major Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Lutsk
- Major Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Donetsk-Kharkiv
- Major Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Odessa-Crimea
+ Metropolitan Archeparchy of Lviv
- Eparchy of Sambir-Drohobych
- Eparchy of Stryi
- Eparchy of Sokal-Zhovkva
+ Metropolitan Archeparchy of Ivano-Frankivsk
- Eparchy of Kolomyia Chernivtsi
+ Metropolitan Archeparchy of Ternopil-Zboriv
- Eparchy of Buchach

All there will be 7 Metropolitans besides the Archeparchies around the World: Namely the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archeparchies of Warsaw-Przemysl in Poland; Winnipeg in Canada; and Philadelphia in the United States/ You can read more regarding this one by clicking the link below from the UGCC Site:

And to the Following Ukrainian Greek Catholic Hierarchs, May God give you peace with the Intercession of the Most Holy Virgin and Blessed Mother Theotokos, SLAVA ISUSU HRISTU

His Excellency Ihor Vozniak, Metropolitan Archeparch of Lviv

His Grace Vasyl Semeniuk, Metropolitan Archeparch of Ternopil-Zboriv, to be Elevated in December 22

His Excellency Volodymyr Viytyshyn, Metropolitan Archeparch of Ivano-Frankivsk, to be Elevated in December 13


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