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Metropolitan Epiphanius (born Serhii Petrovych Dumenko on 3 February 1979) is the primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), holding the title of Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.

Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine
Блаженніший Епіфаній, Митрополит Київський і всієї України
Epiphanius Dumenko on 5 January 2019 in Istanbul.jpg
Metropolitan Epiphanius (5 January 2019)
Native name
Сергій Петрович Думенко
ChurchOrthodox Church of Ukraine
MetropolisKiev and All Ukraine
Elected15 December 2018
Ordinationby Filaret (Denysenko)
Personal details
Birth nameSerhii Petrovych Dumenko
Born (1979-02-03) February 3, 1979 (age 39)
Vovkove, Ivanivka Raion, Odesa Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
Previous postSecretary of the Patriarch of Kiev and All Rus'-Ukraine Filaret (25 January 2008)

Governor of the Vydubychi Monastery (20 March 2008)
Manager of the of the affairs of the Kiev Patriarchate (30 May 2008)
Bishop of Vyshhorod, vicar of the Kiev diocese (21 October 2009)
Rector of the Kiev Orthodox Theological Academy and governor of the Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi diocese (27 July 2010)

Metropolitan of Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi and Bila Tserkva and patriarchal governor (28 June 2013)
EducationDoctor of Theology
Alma materKiev Orthodox Theological Academy

Metropolitan Epiphanius (DD) was the Metropolitan bishop of Pereyaslavsky and Bila Tserkva, in the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kiev Patriarchate). He was a professor of the Department of Biblical and Philological Disciplines of the Kiev Orthodox Theological Academy (uk). He was a member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine and of the International Federation of Journalists.


Early life and educationEdit

Serhii Petrovych Dumenko was born on 3 February 1979 in Vovkove, Ivanivka Raion, Odessa Oblast, in Ukraine. His childhood and school years were in the village of Stara Zhadova in the Storozhynets Raion of Chernivtsi Oblast. In 1996 in Stara Zhadova he graduated from high school of I-III grades.

In 1996 he entered the Kiev Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 1999 with a first class degree. In the same year he entered the Kiev Theological Academy. He graduated as a doctor of theology in 2003 having successfully defended his PhD thesis on the "Formation of church-canonical collections in the Donician period and their characteristics".

In 2006–2007 he held an internship at the Athens National University in Greece in the Faculty of Philosophy.

On 30 August 2012, following his successful defense of his doctoral dissertation on the topic of the "Doctrine of the Orthodox Church on salvation in the context of the continuity of the Holy Fatherland", he was awarded a degree of Doctor of Theology.[1][2]


From 1st July 2003 to 31 December 2005 he served as the secretary-referent of the Rivne diocesan administration and the personal secretary of the Metropolitan of Rivne and Ostroh. From 26 August 2003 to 31 December 2005 he was a teacher of the Rivne Seminary, and also held the post of senior assistant inspector.

In 2003–2005 he was the editor of the Internet project "Rivne Orthodox" of the official website of the Rivne diocese and a member of the editorial board of the religious and religious newspaper "The Spiritual Niva" of the official publishing office of the Rivne diocese.

On 8 December 2005 he was admitted to the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.

Since the academic year 2007 he was a teacher at the Kiev Orthodox Theological Academy, and was appointed head of the philology department.

With the blessing of Patriarch Filaret on 21 December 2007, Archbishop Dimitriy Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky in the Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery was made a monk. He took the monastic name Epiphanius in honor of Epiphanius of Cyprus.

On 20 January 2008 he was ordained hieromonk by Filaret.[3] Later that month (25 January), he was appointed secretary of the Patriarch of Kiev and All Rus'-Ukraine, Filaret.[2][4]

In March 2008 he was ordained an archimandrite in St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral. Later that month (20 March), he was appointed governor of Vydubychi Monastery in Kiev.[2][1]

On 30 May 2008, he was appointed manager of the affairs of the Kyivan Patriarchate.[3]

On 7 October 2008 he was awarded the title of Associate Professor of the Kiev Orthodox Theological Academy.

On 21 October 2009, at the Holy Synod of the UOC-KP he was elected Bishop of Vyshhorod, vicar of the Kiev diocese.

On 15 November 2009, he was ordained a bishop.

By the decision of the Holy Synod of the UOC-KP from 27 July 2010, he was appointed rector of the Kiev Orthodox Theological Academy and the governor of the Pereiaslav-Khmelnytsky diocese.

On 17 November 2011 he was awarded the title of professor of the Kiev Orthodox Theological Academy.

On 23 January 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Archbishop.[2]

By the decision of the Bishops' Council of the UOC-KP on 28 June 2013, he was raised to the rank of Metropolitan of Pereiaslav-Khmelnitsky and Bila Tserkva and was appointed patriarchal governor with the rights of the diocesan bishop.[5][2]

On 13 December 2017 he was named Metropolitan of Pereiaslav and Bila Tserkva.[6]

Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox ChurchEdit

Epiphanius, President Petro Poroshenko and Andriy Parubiy on 15 December 2018

On 15 December 2018, at the unification council held in the Cathedral of St. Sophia, he was elected Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine,[7] the first primate of the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine.[1][8][9][10][11][12][13]

The official name of the primate the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is "His Beatitude (name), Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine".[14][15][16]

Commemoration of the Patriarch of MoscowEdit

On Sunday 16 December 2018, during Metropolitan Epiphanius' first Divine Liturgy as Metropolitan of the OCU, Metropolitan Epiphanius In his first liturgy following his election, he called for prayers for peace and unity in Ukraine.[17][18] In the same liturgy, Metropolitan Epiphany also omitted Patriarch Kirill of Moscow from the list of brother primates with whom he is in communion who are usually commemorated at the Great Entrance.[19][20] Metropolitan Epiphanius later explained in an interview with Ukrainian "Direct" TV channel: "At the moment I do not commemorate him [the Patriarch of Moscow] because we are in a state of war, so the Ukrainian people would not accept if the newly-elected primate commemorated the name of the Russian Patriarch."[21][22][23]

During the Divine Liturgy on 7 January 2019, after the OCU received its official autocephaly on 5 January 2019, Metropolitan Epiphanius commemorated the name of Patriarch Kirill during the Great entrance.[24][25]

Reception of the tomos of autocephalyEdit

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (left) handing the tomos of autocephaly to Metropolitan Epiphanius (right)

On 5 January 2019, Patriarch Bartholomew and Metropolitan Epiphanius held a liturgy in St. George's Cathedral in Istanbul; the tomos of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was signed thereafter, still in St. George's Cathedral. The tomos "has come into force from the moment of its signing".[26][27]The signing of the tomos officialy established the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine.[28]

After the tomos was signed, Metropolitan Epiphanius made a speech, in which he declared about Poroshenko: "Your name, Mr President, will forever go down in the history of the Ukrainian people next to the names of the rulers, of our prince Volodymyr the Great. Yaroslav the Wise, Kostyantyn Ostrozky and Hetman Ivan Mazepa"[29]

On January 6, after a liturgy celebrated by Metropolitan Epiphanius and Patriarch Bartholomew, Partriarch Bartholomew read the tomos of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) and then gave it to Metropolitan Epiphanius.[30][31]

On 8 January 2019, the tomos was brought back to Istanbul so that all the members of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate could sign the tomos.[32] The tomos was signed by all members of the synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on 9 January 2018.[33][34][35][36] The tomos, signed by all members of the synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was brought back to Ukraine on the morning of 10 January 2019.[37][38][39][40]


It is planned that Epiphanius will be enthroned on 3 February 2019, which is also the date of his 40th birthday.[41][42]

Academic and social activitiesEdit

Epiphanius is the head of the editorial board of scientific specialized editions Proceedings of the Kiev Theological Academy and Theological Bulletin of the Kiev Orthodox Theological Academy.[citation needed]

He is also an author of more than 50 publications, including several monographs about Orthodox theology.[3]

Epiphanius is an active religious leader and social activist. He participates in many scientific and educational activities, and has made a significant personal contribution to the development of Ukrainian religious education and science and the development and strengthening of the Ukrainian state. He received recognition for this contribution from both the state and the Church in the form of orders.[43]


He has received the Order of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, the Order of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Volodymyr the Great of the Third Degree, the Order of the Holy Archangel Michael and the Order of the Holy Cross of the Montenegrin Orthodox Church.[3]

He has also received awards and honors with the Order of Merit of ІІ and III degrees,[44][45] a letter of the Cabinet of ministers of Ukraine, thanks to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, a letter of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, decorations of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, command Army of Ukraine, with distinctions of the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University and the Ukrainian People's Embassy.[2]


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Preceded by
Position established; merging from Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kiev Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church
Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine
(Orthodox Church of Ukraine)

Succeeded by