Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia

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Archeparchy of Philadelphia
Philadelphiensis Ucrainorum
Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral.JPG
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
- Catholics

Sui iuris church Ukrainian Greek Catholic
Rite Byzantine
Established May 28, 1913
Cathedral Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk
Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
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.[1]

Currently, the Archeparchy has approximately 67,250 Catholics and 74 parishes under its canonical jurisdiction.[2]

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


  1. Soter Stephen Ortynsky de Labetz, O.S.B.M. † (1907 - 1916), died
  2. Fr. Petro Ponyatyshyn † (1916 - 1924), Administrator
  3. Constantine Bohachevsky † (1924 - 1961), appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia (Ukrainian) in 1958; died
  4. Ambrozij Andrew Senyshyn, O.S.B.M. † (1961 - 1976), died
  5. Joseph Michael Schmondiuk † (1977 - 1978), died
  6. Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky † (1979 - 1980), appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Lviv (Ukrainian)
  7. Stephen Sulyk (1980 - 2000), retired
  8. Stephen Soroka (2000 - present)

† = deceased

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]

† = deceased


The seat of the Archeparchy is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, built in the style of the Hagia Sophia,[3] 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[edit]

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:

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