Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia

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Archeparchy of Philadelphia

Philadelphiensis Ucrainorum

Філадельфійська митрополія
Seat of the Archeparchy: The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TerritoryEastern and Central Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Ecclesiastical provinceUkrainian Catholic Metropolia of Philadelphia
HeadquartersPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- Catholics

DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchUkrainian Greek Catholic Church
RiteByzantine Rite
EstablishedMay 28, 1913; 110 years ago (May 28, 1913)
CathedralUkrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Major ArchbishopSviatoslav Shevchuk
Metropolitan ArchbishopBorys Gudziak
Bishops emeritusStephen Soroka
Archeparchy of Philadelphia
Archeparchy of Philadelphia

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia is a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church ecclesiastical territory or archeparchy of the Catholic Church in the Eastern United States. Its episcopal see is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Archeparchy of Philadelphia is a metropolitan see with three suffragan eparchies in its ecclesiastical province. The Archeparchy of Philadelphia's territorial jurisdiction includes the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and the eastern and central portions of Pennsylvania.

The current archbishop of the archeparchy is Borys Gudziak, installed on June 4, 2019.[1][2]

Ukrainian Greek 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 Greek Catholics had been under the jurisdiction of the local Latin Church 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 (though still suffragan) Eparchy of Parma erected by Pope John Paul II.[3]

As of 2016, the archeparchy has approximately 13,051 Catholics and 64 parishes under its canonical jurisdiction.[4]

Iconostasis at the Ukrainian Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia.


Ordinary of the United States of America[edit]

Metropolitans of Philadelphia[edit]

  1. Constantine Bohachevsky (1924–1961)
  2. Ambrozij Andrew Senyshyn, O.S.B.M. (1961–1976)
  3. Joseph Michael Schmondiuk (1977–1978)
  4. Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky (1979–1980), appointed Coadjutor Archeparch and later Archeparch of Lviv (Ukrainian)
  5. Stephen Sulyk (1980–2000)
  6. Stephen Soroka (2000–2018)
  7. Borys Gudziak (2019–present)

Other priests of this eparchy who became bishops[edit]

Auxiliary Eparchs of Philadelphia[edit]


The seat of the archeparchy is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, built in the style of the Hagia Sophia,[5] 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[edit]

The archeparchy is the metropolitan see of the Ukrainian Catholic Metropolia of Philadelphia. The archeparchy has three suffragan eparchies: Eparchy of Parma, Saint Nicholas of Chicago, and Stamford.


The archeparchy governs parishes in the following states:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ says, Illya Matthew Labunka. "Philadelphia Ukrainian Catholics welcome new metropolitan archbishop". Catholic Philly. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  2. ^ "Pope Francis Appoints Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy as Apostolic Administrator of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia; Accepts Resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ Cheney, David M. "Philadelphia (Archeparchy) [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception". Retrieved 2023-04-06.


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