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||Borys Gudziak|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Andriy Rabiy|
|Bishops emeritus||Stephen Soroka|
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 head of the Archeparchy is The Right Reverend Boris Gudziak, reigning since June 4, 2019. The previous metropolitan had been the Most Reverend Stefan Soroka, who was then replaced after his resignation due to health reasons by Apostolic Administrator Andriy Rabiy. 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 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.
Ordinary of the United States of America
Archeparchs of Philadelphia
- Constantine Bohachevsky (1924–1961)
- Ambrozij Andrew Senyshyn, O.S.B.M. (1961–1976)
- Joseph Michael Schmondiuk (1977–1978)
- Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky (1979–1980), appointed Coadjutor Archeparch and later Archeparch of Lviv (Ukrainian)
- Stephen Sulyk (1980–2000)
- Stephen Soroka (2000–2018)
- Borys Gudziak (2019–present)
Other priests of this eparchy who became bishops
- Jaroslav Gabro, appointed Bishop of Saint Nicholas of Chicago (Ukrainian) in 1961
- Richard Stephen Seminack, appointed Bishop of Saint Nicholas of Chicago (Ukrainian) in 2003
- Ivan Bucko (1940–1945)
- Ambrozij Andrew Senyshyn, O.S.B.M. (1942–1956), appointed Eparch of Stamford
- Joseph Michael Schmondiuk (1956–1961), appointed Eparch of Stamford
- John Stock (1971–1972)
- Basil Harry Losten (1971–1977), appointed Eparch of Stamford
- Robert Mikhail Moskal (1981–1983), appointed Eparch of Saint Josaphat in Parma
- Michael Kuchmiak, C.Ss.R. (1988–1989), appointed Eparch of Holy Family of London
- Wolodymyr Paska (1992–2000)
- John Bura (2006–2019)
- Andriy Rabiy (2017–present)
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. In 1979, it hosted a papal visit by Pope John Paul II, 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)
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- Ukrainian Catholic Church
- List of bishops
- Ivan Volansky
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- Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception