Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
|Archeparchy of Philadelphia
Seat of the Archeparchy: The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|Territory||Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.|
|Ecclesiastical province||Ukrainian Catholic Metropolia of Philadelphia|
|Headquarters||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Sui iuris church||Ukrainian Greek Catholic|
|Established||May 28, 1913|
|Cathedral||Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception|
|Major Archbishop||Sviatoslav Shevchuk|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Stefan Soroka, Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia|
Archeparchy of Philadelphia
|Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia|
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia is the Catholic archeparchy governing all Ukrainian Greek Catholic eparchies and Ukrainian Greek Catholics in the United States. Its headquarters are at 827 North Franklin Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The current metropolitan is the Most Reverend Stefan Soroka. The Archeparchy's territorial jurisdiction includes the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and the eastern and central portions of Pennsylvania.
Ukrainian Catholics in the United States were given sui iuris status as an ordinariate for the faithful of eastern rite by Pope St. Pius X in 1914. Prior to that, all Ukrainian Catholics had been under the jurisdiction of the local Roman ordinary. In 1924, the status of the ordinariate was elevated to that of exarchate, known as the Apostolic Exarchate of United States of America, Faithful of the Oriental Rite (Ukrainian). The Exarchate was then elevated to the status of Archeparchy by Pope Pius XII in 1950. In 1983, the Archeparchy lost part of its territory to the new Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio, erected by Pope John Paul II.
Currently, the Archeparchy has approximately 67,250 Catholics and 74 parishes under its canonical jurisdiction.
- Soter Stephen Ortynsky de Labetz, O.S.B.M. † (1907 - 1916), died
- Fr. Petro Ponyatyshyn † (1916 - 1924), Administrator
- Constantine Bohachevsky † (1924 - 1961), appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia (Ukrainian) in 1958; died
- Ambrozij Andrew Senyshyn, O.S.B.M. † (1961 - 1976), died
- Joseph Michael Schmondiuk † (1977 - 1978), died
- Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky † (1979 - 1980), appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Lviv (Ukrainian)
- Stephen Sulyk (1980 - 2000), retired
- Stephen Soroka (2000 - present)
† = deceased
- Ivan Bucko † (1940 - 1945), resigned
- Ambrozij Andrew Senyshyn, O.S.B.M. † (1942 - 1956), appointed Bishop of Stamford
- Joseph Michael Schmondiuk † (1956 - 1961), appointed Bishop of Stamford
- John Stock † (1971 - 1972), died
- Basil Harry Losten (1971 - 1977), appointed Bishop of Stamford [Retired]
- Robert Mikhail Moskal (1981 - 1983), appointed Bishop of Saint Josaphat in Parma
- Michael Kuchmiak, C.Ss.R. † (1988 - 1989), appointed, Apostolic Exarch of Great Britain
- Wolodymyr Paska † (1992 - 2000), retired
- John Bura (2006 - present)
† = deceased
The seat of the Archeparchy is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, built in the style of the Hagia Sophia, and located across the street from the Archeparchy's offices. It hosted a papal visit by Pope John Paul II in 1979, the first time a Roman Pontiff had visited an Eastern Catholic church in the United States. In addition, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and his wife paid a state visit to the Archeparchy and the Cathedral in 2005.
Metropolia of Philadelphia for the Ukrainians
The archeparchy is the metropolitan see of the Ukrainian Catholic Metropolia of Philadelphia. The archeparchy has three suffragan eparchies: Saint Josaphat in Parma, Saint Nicholas of Chicago, and Stamford.
The archepathy governs parishes in the following states:
- Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family
- List of the Catholic cathedrals of the United States
- List of the Catholic dioceses of the United States
- Category:Catholic dioceses in the United States (including ecclesiastical provinces)
- List of bishops
- History of the Metropolia (Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia official website)
- Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception