Spyrydon Lytvynovych

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Spyrydon Lytvynovych
Metropolitan of Galicia, Archbishop of Lemberg
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Church Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
Appointed 28 September 1863
Installed 5 May 1864
Term ended 4 June 1869
Predecessor Hryhory Yakhymovych
Successor Joseph Sembratovych
Ordination 19 July 1835 (Priest)
Consecration 17 May 1857 (Bishop)
by Ioan Lemeni
Personal details
Born 6 December 1810
Nadrichne, in Berezhany Raion
Died 4 June 1869(1869-06-04) (aged 58)

Spyrydon Lytvynovych (Ukrainian: Спиридон Литвинович, Polish: Spirydion Litwinowicz; 6 December, 1810 – 4 June, 1869) was the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from 1864 until his death in 1869.


Spyrydon Lytvynovych was born on 6 December 1810 in Nadrichne, in Berezhany Raion, in Austrian Galicia (present-day Ukraine). He graduated of philosophy and theology at the University of Lviv. He was ordained priest on 19 July 1835 and returned to Galicia where he served as preached and teacher of religion. In February 1848 he was appointed as Greek Catholic pastor of the St. Barbara parish in Wien. Soon after he was appointed honorary Canon, and in 1852 he became the first rector of the newly established Greek Catholic seminary.[1]

In March 1857 he was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv and consecrated Bishop in Wien by retired Romanian Greek-Catholic Archbishop Ioan Lemeni on 17 May 1857.[2]

At the death of Cardinal Mykhajlo Levitsky in 1858 he was appointed Administrator of the Archeparchy. In 1861 he was elected Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Galicia. Since 1861 he was a member of the Austrian State Council of which he became Vice President in 1861.

After the death of Metropolitan Hryhory Yakhymovych, on 30 June 1863 Spyrydon Lytvynovych was desigend Metropolitan of Lviv by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and so confirmed by Pope Pius IX on 28 September 1863. The enthronement occurred on 5 May 1864. He led and obtained the canonization of Saint Josaphat Kuntsevych in 1867. Spyrydon Lytvynovych died on 4 June 1869 in Lviv.


  1. ^ Pelesz, Julian (1881). Geschichte der Union der ruthenischen Kirche mit Rom. Woerl. pp. 939–940. 
  2. ^ Ritzler, Remigius (1979). "Canathen". Hierarchia catholica Medii aevi sive summorum pontificum, S.R.E. cardinalium, ecclesiarum antistitum series. 8. Regensberg. p. 177. 
Religious titles
Preceded by
Hryhory Yakhymovych
Metropolitans of Galicia and Archbishop of Lviv
Succeeded by
Joseph Sembratovych