Stefan Soroka

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

He was born to Ivan (1920–1993) and Anna (née Galek, 1920–1973) Soroka in Winnipeg, 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.

Recently, Soroka decided to replace Pastor Royik from the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church. The parishioners and members of the Church are extremely unhappy with the decision. As a result, the people have written numerous letters and are extremely upset with Soroka's decision. Hopefully, Soroka might alter his decision. However, as of right now, it seems as if Soroka is not concerned about the parishioners and their opinions. June 2015.

Additional Background[edit]


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