Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford

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Eparchy of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Stamford

Eparchia Stanfordensis Ucrainorum
"The Chateau" at St. Basil College in Stamford, Connecticut was originally a college dormitory and now houses the Ukrainian Museum and Library of Stamford.[1]
TerritoryNew York State and New England
Ecclesiastical provinceUkrainian Catholic Metropolia of Philadelphia
HeadquartersStamford, Connecticut, United States
- Catholics

Sui iuris churchUkrainian Greek Catholic
EstablishedDecember 5, 1983
CathedralSt. Volodymyr Cathedral
Current leadership
Major ArchbishopSviatoslav Shevchuk
BishopPaul Patrick Chomnycky, O.S.B.M., Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford
Metropolitan ArchbishopStefan Soroka, Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
Eparchy of Stamford website
Map of the Eparchy of Stamford

The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford is a diocese of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, covering parishes in New York State and New England in the United States.

The diocesan headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, includes St. Volodymyr Cathedral, a chancery at 14 Peveril Road in Stamford, St. Basil College, and a Ukrainian museum.[2] The diocese publishes The Sower, a monthly newsletter with articles written in both English and Ukrainian, from its offices in Stamford.

The Eparchy of Stamford is a suffragan diocese of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, which has authority over all Ukrainian Catholic dioceses and Ukrainian Catholics in the United States.


The Eparchy of Stamford was created in 1956 by Pope Pius XII. The territory was formerly administered by the Eparchate of Philadelphia. Bishop Ambrose Senyshyn of Stamford was named exarchate of the new eparchy. Senyshyn was president of the Ukrainian diocesan schools in Stamford, including the now-defunct St. Basil's Preparatory School.[3]

Diocesan bishop (eparch)[edit]

The diocesan bishop (eparch) of the diocese is Bishop Paul Patrick Chomnycky, O.S.B.M..

St. Basil College Seminary[edit]

The Eparchy operates the tiny St. Basil College Seminary at 161 Glenbrook Road in Stamford. The college's mission is to educate and prepare men who desire to pursue a vocation to the priesthood for the Ukrainian Catholic Church. "St. Basil is the only Ukrainian Catholic liberal arts college, the only one of its kind outside of Ukraine fully accredited as a senior college by the State Board of Education," according to the Eparchy.[4] Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Major-Archdiocese of Lviv, and one of the cardinals considered a possible successor to Pope John Paul II in 2005, was educated at St. Basil's College.

The college opened in September 1939. By 2007 it had graduated 130 students, of which 127 have been ordained to the priesthood, including six elevated to the episcopacy, and the current patriarch and head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.[4]

Most of the students have been Ukrainian Catholics interested in studying spirituality, the Ukrainian rite, Ukrainian history, civilization, language, and literature. In May 2007 three students graduated. The Connecticut Department of Higher Education, in the fall of 2005, reaccredited the college for another five years. The American Academy for Liberal Education also granted "institutional pre-accreditation" in 2005.[4]

Preparatory school[edit]

The eparchy operated the St. Basil Preparatory School on the cathedral campus from 1933 to 1990. Alumni from the boys' high school typically have reunions every five years for each class. The school was founded by Archbishop Constantine Bohachevsky as "Ukrainian Catholic High School", and its alumni include more than 75 Ukrainian and Roman Catholic priests and two former Connecticut state judges.[2]

Metropolia of Philadelphia for the Ukrainians[edit]

The eparchy is one of three suffragan eparchies of the Ukrainian Catholic Metropolia of Philadelphia, which also includes the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Parma, and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saint Nicholas of Chicago.

List of parish locations in the Eparchy of Stamford[edit]


St. Basil College building


New Hampshire[edit]

New York[edit]

Rhode Island[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] "About Us" web page at the website of St. Basil College Seminary, accessed July 26, 2007
  2. ^ a b Sullivan, Eve, "St. Basil grads hail their alma mater", The Advocate, of Stamford, Connecticut, July 23, 2006
  3. ^ "From the Archives: The Week of August 6" feature in The Advocate of Stamford, August 7, 2006, page A7
  4. ^ a b c "St. Basil College Seminary Opened 67th Academic Year of Education and Formation", news release from the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, undated but referring to the opening of the new academic year on September 4, 2006

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Coordinates: 41°03′43″N 73°31′39″W / 41.06188°N 73.52749°W / 41.06188; -73.52749