Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Przemyśl–Warsaw

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Archeparchy of Przemyśl–Warsaw
Archidioecesis Premisliensis–Varsaviensis ritus byzantini ucraini
Territory Poland
Ecclesiastical province Archeparchy of Przemyśl–Warsaw
Headquarters Przemyśl, Poland
- Catholics

Sui iuris church Ukrainian Greek Catholic
Rite Byzantine Rite
Established May 24, 1996
Cathedral Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Przemyśl
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Major Archbishop Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk
Metropolitan Archbishop Eugeniusz Popowicz, Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Przemyśl–Warsaw
Map of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the province of Lviv in 1939

The Ukrainian (Greek) Catholic Archeparchy of Przemyśl–Warsaw (Latin: Archidioecesis Premisliensis–Varsaviensis ritus byzantini ucraini, Ukrainian: Перемишльсько-Варшавська архієпархія УГКЦ) is an archeparchy (Eastern Catholic archbishopric) of the Ukrainian Catholic Church sui iuris (Byzantine Rite in Ukrainian language) in Poland, depending on the Roman Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

Its cathedral archiepiscopal see is Archikatedra św. Jana Chrzciciela, Przemyśl, Podkarpackie, dedicated to [[]], in the city of Przemyśl. Although national capital Warsaw was added to its title, there is no co-cathedral.
Both Former Cathedrals (now Orthodox churches) aer elsewhere in Podkarpackie :

  • Kościół Zesłania Ducha Świętego, in Sanok
  • Monaster Zwiastowania Przenajświętszej Bogurodzicy i św. Jana Teologa, in Supraśl.

Ecclesiastical province[edit]

The Metropolitan has a single Suffragan Diocese :


As per 2014, it pastorally served 30,000 Eastern Catholics in 69 parishes and 2 missions with 44 priests (33 diocesan, 11 religious), 4 deacons, 96 lay religious (14 brothers, 82 sisters), 7 seminarians.


In 1087 the Eparchy of Przemyśl was established in the Principality of Peremyshl as Eastern Orthodox eparchy.

The town initially did not adhere to the Union of Brest thus having for a short period two bishops. In 1679, Innokentiy Vynnyckyj became the Orthodox bishop and on 23 June 1691 Innokentiy publicly accepted the Union for himself and for his eparchy, and he remained the only bishop of the town after that the Greek Catholic bishop Ivan Malaxovskyj on the same year moved to Chełm. Innokentiy Vynnyckyj was succeeded in 1700 by his brother by Yurij Vynnyckyj who later became Metropolitan of Kiev and Galicia.[1][2]

On 1934.02.10 it lost territory to establish the Apostolic Administration of Łemkowszczyzna

In 1946, Bishop Josaphat Kotsylovsky was arrested and extradited to the USSR, where he died in prison. In Poland, where the city of Przemysl and a majority of the eparchy was located (a portion was in the Ukrainian SSR), all priests were arrested and given sentences of between four and ten years. One hundred Ukrainian Greek Catholic priests remained in Poland. After their release, they kept a low profile, serving in the Latin rite Church, many as convent chaplains. Sixteen worked giving pastoral care to Ukrainian Catholics at pastoral centres. In 1977, the Roman Catholic Primate of Poland's Vicar-General for Ukrainian Greek Catholics was also named Dean of the Przemysl Eparchy by the Vatican. Cardinal Slipyj objected to this action as contrary to his prerogatives and appointed the same priest Administrator of the eparchy. In 1981, a second Vicar-General to the Primate was appointed for Ukrainian Greek Catholics in Poland outside of the traditional boundaries of the Przemysl Eparchy.[3]

On 1991.01.16 it gained back the territory from the suppressed daughter Apostolic Exarchate of Łemkowszczyzna (above, promoted in 1941, de facto defunct since 1947).

On May 24, 1996, the eparchy was promoted to Metropolitan Archdiocese of Przemyśl–Warszawa (Polish) / Przemysl–Warsaw (English) / Przemyśl–Varsavia (Curiate Italian) / Premislien(sis)–Varsavien(sis) ritus byzantini ucraini (Latin adjective).

It enjoyed a Papal visit from the Polish Pope John Paul II in June 1999.

Episcopal Ordinaries[edit]

(all Ukrainian rite)

Eparchs (Bishops) of Przemyśl (Ukrainian Rite)
Metropolitan Archeparchs (Archbishops) of Przemyśl–Warsaw
  • Jan Martyniak (see above 1996.05.24 – 2015.11.07)
  • Eugeniusz Popowicz (2015.11.07 - ...), succeeding as former Titular Bishop of Horrea Cœlia (2013.11.04 – 2015.11.07) and Auxiliary Bishop of Przemyśl–Warszawa of the Ukrainians (2013.11.04 – 2015.11.07).


  1. ^ Blazejowsky, Dmytro (1990). Hierarchy of the Kyivan Church (861-1990). Rome. pp. 252, 273, 297. 
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Diocese of Przemysl, Sambor, and Sanok". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
  3. ^ Andrew Sorokowski (1986), Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox in Poland since 1945

Sources and external links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°46′51″N 22°46′13″E / 49.780833°N 22.770278°E / 49.780833; 22.770278