Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky

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His Eminent Beatitude
Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky
Cardinal, Major Archbishop of Lviv
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Church Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
Elected 7 September 1984
Term ended 14 December 2000
Predecessor Cardinal Josyf Slipyj
Successor Cardinal Lubomyr Husar
Ordination 21 September 1938 (Priest)
by Andrey Sheptytsky
Consecration 12 Nov 1978 (Bishop)
by John Paul II
Created Cardinal 25 May 1985
Personal details
Born 24 June 1918
Dolyna, Austria-Hungary
Died 14 December 2000(2000-12-14) (aged 82)
Lviv, Ukraine
Buried St. George's Cathedral, Lviv
49°50′19.48″N 24°0′46.19″E / 49.8387444°N 24.0128306°E / 49.8387444; 24.0128306
Nationality Ukrainian

Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky (Ukrainian: Мирослав Іван Любачівський; 24 June 1918, Dolyna, Austria-Hungary – 14 December 2000, Lviv, Ukraine), Cardinal, was Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia in the United States and from 1984 Major Archbishop of Lviv and head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC).


He was ordained a priest of the Archeparchy of Lviv in 1938 by Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and then continued his doctoral studies in theology in Austria. After World War II, he was unable to return to Ukraine and emigrated to the United States, where he continued his pastoral work, first as a priest at St. Peter and Paul Church in Cleveland, Ohio, beginning in 1949, and then from 1968 as a teacher at the St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington. He also taught at St. Basil's College in Philadelphia and St. Basil's Academy in Stamford, Connecticut before being consecrated archbishop of Philadelphia in 1979.

The Ukrainian Holy Synod elected Lubachivsky coadjutor to Cardinal Josyf Slipyj in 1979. Upon Cardinal Slipyj's death in 1984, he took over as head of the UGCC. In 1985, Pope John Paul II gave him the title of Cardinal Priest of S. Sofia a Via Boccea.[1]

Soviet authorities lifted the ban against the Church in 1989, and Lubachivsky along with other leadership of the UGCC officially returned to Lviv from exile on 30 March 1991.

Lubachivsky is buried in St. George's Cathedral in Lviv.


  1. ^ "Myroslav Ivan Cardinal Lubachivsky". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

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Preceded by
Joseph M. Schmondiuk
Ukrainian Catholic Archeparch of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Stephen Sulyk
Preceded by
Josyf Slipyj
Major Archbishop of Lviv
Succeeded by
Lubomyr Husar