Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto

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Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada
Eparchia Torontinus Ucrainorum
Українська Католицька Єпархія Торонто й Східньої Канади
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Church Of The Holy Protection
Territory Ontario and Eastern Canada
Ecclesiastical province Archeparchy of Winnipeg
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Catholics

Sui iuris church Ukrainian Greek Catholic
Rite Byzantine
Established November 3, 1956
Cathedral St. Josaphat Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk
Bishop Stephen Chmilar Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada
Metropolitan Archbishop Lawrence Huculak Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg

The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada is a Ukrainian Catholic (Byzantine Rite in Ukrainian language) eparchy (Eastern Catholic diocese) in the Eastern part of Canada.

It is a suffragan in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg. Its cathedral episcopal see is St. Josaphat’s Cathedral, in Toronto, Ontario but there is also a National Shrine: St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine, in Ottawa. The current eparch (bishop) is Stephen Chmilar.


Established on 19 January 1948 as Apostolic Exarchate of Eastern Canada, from territory split off from the then Apostolic Exarchate of Canada.

On 10 March 1951 it was renamed as Apostolic Exarchate of Toronto.

On 3 November 1956 it became the Eparchy (Diocese) of Toronto, losing its missionary pre-diocesan and exempt status, because until then it was directly subject to the Holy See.


Parishes under the authority of the eparchy are located in Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia.

In 2007, the diocese contained 75 parishes, 96 active diocesan and religious priests, and 36,910 Catholics. It also had 36 women religious, 15 religious brothers, and 19 permanent deacons.

In 2010, Bishop Stephen Chmilar gave the blessing for the creation of the Eparchial Office of Youth Ministry, with the mission of promoting the involvement of young adults within the church. This office is currently under the direction of Andrew Figol.

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

Apostolic Exarch of Eastern Canada
Apostolic Exarch of Toronto
  • Isidore Borecky (see above 1948.03.03 – 1951.03.10 see below)
Suffragan Eparchs (Bishops) of Toronto


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Coordinates: 43°41′00″N 79°28′00″W / 43.6833°N 79.4667°W / 43.6833; -79.4667