Stefan Soroka

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His Grace, The Most Reverend
Stefan Soroka
Archeparch of Philadelphia
Church Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
Metropolis Philadelphia
Appointed November 29, 2000
Installed February 27, 2001
Predecessor Stephen Sulyk
Ordination June 13, 1982
by Maxim Hermaniuk
Consecration June 13, 1996
by Michael Bzdel, Cornelius Pasichny, and Wolodymyr Paska
Personal details
Born (1951-11-13) November 13, 1951 (age 66)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Winnipeg
Motto One who serves
Styles of
Stefan Soroka
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Reference style
Spoken style His Grace
Religious style Metropolitan

Stefan Soroka (born November 13, 1951) is a Canadian prelate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), currently serving as Archbishop of Philadelphia and Metropolitan of the UGCC in the United States.[1][2]

He was born to Ivan (1920–1993) and Anna (née Galek, 1920–1973) Soroka in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where his family had immigrated that exact same year. After studying at the Catholic University of America, the University of Manitoba, and St. Josaphat Seminary, Soroka was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Maxim Hermaniuk, C.Ss.R., on June 13, 1982. He then served as Vice-Chancellor (1985–1994) and Chancellor (1994–1996) of Winnipeg, along with doing pastoral work.

On March 29, 1996, Soroka was appointed Titular Bishop of Acarassus and Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of Winnipeg. He received his episcopal consecration on the following June 13 from Archbishop Michael Bzdel, C.Ss.R., with Bishops Cornelius Pasichny, OSBM, and Wolodymyr Paska serving as co-consecrators, in the Cathedral of Ss. Vladimir and Olga.

Soroka was named the sixth Archbishop of Philadelphia on November 29, 2000, and was installed as such on February 27, 2001. In this capacity, he is the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Philadelphia, which is in full communion with the Holy See.

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  1. ^ "Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia". Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  2. ^ David M. Cheney. "Archbishop Stephen Soroka [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Stephen Sulyk
Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ukrainian Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Winnipeg
Succeeded by