Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg

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Archeparchy of Winnipeg
Archieparchia Vinnipegensis Ucrainorum
Українська Католицька Архиєпархія в Вінніпеґу
Location
Territory Canada
Ecclesiastical province Archeparchy of Winnipeg
Headquarters Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Population
- Catholics

29,700
Information
Sui iuris church Ukrainian Greek Catholic
Rite Byzantine
Established November 3, 1956
Cathedral Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. Volodymyr and Olga
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk
Metropolitan Archbishop Lawrence Daniel Huculak Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg
Website
Ukrainian Archeparchy of Winnipeg

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic archeparchy (Eastern Catholic archdiocese) for the Catholics who practice the Byzantine Rite in Ukrainian language in Manitoba, a province of Canada. Currently, its Archeparch is Archbishop Lawrence Daniel Huculak.

Its cathedral episcopal see is Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga, Winnipeg, Manitoba Thre is also a notable Shrine: Bishop Velychkovsky Martyr’s Shrine, also in Winnipeg.

The archeparchy directly governs all Ukrainian Greek Catholic parishes in Manitoba. As of 2010, the archeparchy contained 136 parishes, 32 active diocesan priests, 11 religious priests, and 29,700 member Catholics. It also has 23 religious sisters, 11 religious brothers and 12 permanent deacons. It operates a number of parochial schools in the city of Winnipeg jointly with the Latin Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Boniface.

History[edit]

Nestor Dmytriw, the first Ukrainian Catholic priest in Canada, having started parishes in 1897 and 1898 in Terebowla, Manitoba, Stuartburn, Manitoba and Edna, Alberta, advocated a separate Ukrainian Catholic particular church in Canada, but this idea was long opposed by the existing (Latin) Canadian Catholic hierarchy. His vision came to fruition on 15 June 1912 when the Holy See established in Winnipeg the Apostolic Exarchate of Canada and Nykyta Budka was appointed its first Exarch (missonary bishop) for Ukrainians in Canada, in response to the success of pretend Bishop Seraphim (Stefan Ustvolsky) in organizing Ukrainians interested in the liturgical traditions of their heritage.

On 1948.01.19 it was renamed as Apostolic Exarchate of Central Canada, having lost vast territories to establish the Apostolic Exarchate of Western Canada and the Apostolic Exarchate of Eastern Canada.

On 1951.03.10 it was renamed as Apostolic Exarchate of Manitoba, having lost territory again to establish the Apostolic Exarchate of Saskatoon.

On 1956.11.03 it finally lost its missionary pre-diocesean status and exemption (till then, being directly subject to the Holy See) when promoted, not just to eparchy but immediately as Metropolitan Archeparchy (Archdiocese) of Winnipeg.

It enjoyed a papal visit by Pope John Paul II in September 1984.

Ecclesiastical province[edit]

Its Ecclesiastical provincein Canada includes the Metropolitan's Archdiocese and the following suffragan eparchies (dioceses), all its (grand)daughters :

Diocesan Ordinaries[edit]

Apostolic Exarch of Canada
Apostolic Exarch of Central Canada
Apostolic Exarch of Manitoba
Metropolitan Archeparchs (Archbishops) of Winnipeg
  • Maxim Hermaniuk, C.SS.R. (see above 1956.11.03 – 1992) also President of Synod of the Ukrainian Catholic Church (1969 – 1974)
  • Michael Bzdel C.SS.R. (1992.12.16 – 2006.01.09)
  • Lawrence Daniel Huculak, O.S.B.M. (2006.01.09 – ...), previously Eparch of Edmonton of the Ukrainians (Canada) (1996.12.16 – 2006.01.09)

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