Nykanor Deyneha

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Nykanor Deyneha
Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv (auxiliary)
ChurchUkrainian Greek Catholic Church
AppointedFebruary 1972
Other postsArchimandrite of Univ Lavra of the Studite Rite (1951-1982)
Ordination29 October 1939 (Hieromonk)
by Andrey Sheptytsky
ConsecrationFebruary 1972 (Bishop)
by Vasyl Velychkovsky
Personal details
Birth nameMykola Petrovych Deyneha
Born(1907-12-08)8 December 1907
Svystilnyky, Austrian-Hungarian Empire, now Ukraine
DiedNovember 7, 1982(1982-11-07) (aged 74)
Lviv, Soviet Union, now Ukraine

Bishop Nykanor Deyneha (Ukrainian: Никанор Дейнега; December 8, 1907 – November 8, 1982) was the clandestine Ukrainian Auxiliary bishop of Lviv of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Also he was leader of the Studite Brethren as the clandestine Archimandrite of the Univ Lavra during time of the religion persecution in the Soviet Union. In addition, bishop Nykanor was Nazi prisoner from 1942 to 1943.


Bishop Nykanor (his given name was Mykola; Nykanor is his monastic name) was born in Svystilnyky village (now is Svitanok village, Rohatyn Raion, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast) into a peasant family. After graduation of the school he joined the Studite Brethren in the end of 1934 as a novice in June 16, 1935 was tonsured as monk in the Univ Lavra. In July 15, 1938 he had last monastic vows. Next year he was ordained as hierodeacon (1 October 1939) and hieromonk (29 October 1939), after successful graduation of the Lviv Theological Seminary and in 1943 was appointed as superior in St. Joseph Lviv filial monastery.

Before this time, in December 11, 1942 he was arrested and imprisoned by Nazi for "anti-Nazi activities". However, six months later he was released, because the Nazis did not know that the Jews hid in the monastery.[1]

In 1951, when in Vladimir Central Prison died as martyr of the faith previous Archimandrite, Father Klymentiy Sheptytsky, Nykanor was elected as his successor. During this time he clandestinely organized the catacomb theologian seminary.

In February 1972 he was consecrated as auxiliary bishop for underground Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv by Blessed Bishop Vasyl Velychkovsky, that in this time was the Administrator for all the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in catacombs.


  1. ^ Lewin, Kurt I. (1994). A Journey Through Illusions. Santa Barbara: Fithian Press. ISBN 978-1-56474-057-1.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Klymentiy Sheptytsky
Archimandrite of Univ Holy Dormition Lavra of the Studite Rite
Succeeded by
Yuriy Makar