Andrés Sapelak

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Andrés Sapelak, S.D.B.
Bishop of Eparchy of Santa María del Patrocinio en Buenos Aires
ChurchUkrainian Greek Catholic Church
SeeEparchy of Santa María del Patrocinio en Buenos Aires
In office1968 - 1997
Predecessornew creation
SuccessorMiguel Mykycej
Other post(s)Auxiliary Bishop for Ordinariate for Eastern Rites (1961–1968)
OrdinationJune 29, 1949
by Ivan Buchko
ConsecrationOctober 15, 1961
by Ivan Buchko
Personal details
Born(1919-12-13)13 December 1919
Died6 November 2017(2017-11-06) (aged 97)
Vynnyky, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine

Andrés Sapelak, S.D.B. (Ukrainian: Андрій Михайлович Сапеляк; Polish: Andrzej Sapelak; December 13, 1919 – November 6, 2017) was an Argentinian hierarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. At the time of his death he was the oldest bishop in this Eastern Catholic Church.

Coat of arms of Bishop Andrés Sapelak


Sapelak was born in Ryszkowa Wola, Second Polish Republic, in the Ukrainian family of Mykhaylo and Ahafiya (née Yarosh) Sapelak and ordained a priest on June 29, 1949, joining the religious order of Salesians of Saint John Bosco. He was appointed Auxiliary bishop of Faithful of the Oriental Rites (Argentina) as well as Titular Bishop of Sebastopolis on August 14, 1961, and consecrated on October 15, 1961. On February 9, 1968, Sapelak was appointed bishop of Eparchy of Santa María del Patrocinio en Buenos Aires where he remained until his retirement on December 12, 1997.

Sapelak then returned to Ukraine and worked as parish priest in Verkhnodniprovsk city in the Ukrainian Catholic Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Donetsk – Kharkiv from 1999 until 2014. In November 2013, he received Ukrainian citizenship.[1] On November 6, 2017, he died in the Salesian house in Vynnyky near Lviv, where he resided from 2014.[2]


  1. ^ Найстарший єпископ УГКЦ прийняв українське громадянство (in Ukrainian). Official UGCC Site. 2013-11-09.
  2. ^ Помер владика Андрій Сапеляк (in Ukrainian). Official UGCC Site. 2017-11-07.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Titular Bishop of Sebastopolis in Thracia
Succeeded by
New title Eparchial Bishop of Santa María del Patrocinio en Buenos Aires (until 1978 as Apostolic Exarch of Argentina)
Succeeded by
Miguel Mykycej
(as Apostolic Administrator)