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Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky (Ukrainian: Мирослав Іван Любачівський; 24 June 1918, Dolyna, Austria-Hungary – 14 December 2000, Lviv, Ukraine), Cardinal, was Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia in the United States and from 1984 Major Archbishop of Lviv and head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC).

His Eminent Beatitude

Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky
Cardinal, Major Archbishop of Lviv
Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky.jpg
ChurchUkrainian Greek Catholic Church
Elected7 September 1984
Term ended14 December 2000
PredecessorCardinal Josyf Slipyj
SuccessorCardinal Lubomyr Husar
Ordination21 September 1938
by Andrey Sheptytsky
Consecration12 Nov 1978
by John Paul II
Created cardinal25 May 1985
by John Paul II
Personal details
Born24 June 1914
Dolyna, Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, Austria-Hungary
Died14 December 2000(2000-12-14) (aged 82)
Lviv, Ukraine
BuriedSt. George's Cathedral, Lviv
49°50′19.48″N 24°0′46.19″E / 49.8387444°N 24.0128306°E / 49.8387444; 24.0128306
Coat of armsMyroslav Ivan Lubachivsky's coat of arms
Styles of
Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal


He was ordained a priest of the Archeparchy of Lviv in 1938 by Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and then continued his doctoral studies in theology in Austria. After World War II, he was unable to return to Ukraine and emigrated to the United States, where he continued his pastoral work, first as a priest at St. Peter and Paul Church in Cleveland, Ohio, beginning in 1949, and then from 1968 as a teacher at the St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington. He also taught at St. Basil's College in Philadelphia and St. Basil's Academy in Stamford, Connecticut before being consecrated archbishop of Philadelphia in 1979.

The Ukrainian Holy Synod elected Lubachivsky coadjutor to Cardinal Josyf Slipyj in 1979. Upon Cardinal Slipyj's death in 1984, he took over as head of the UGCC. In 1985, Pope John Paul II gave him the title of Cardinal Priest of S. Sofia a Via Boccea.[1]

Soviet authorities lifted the ban against the Church in 1989, and Lubachivsky along with other leadership of the UGCC officially returned to Lviv from exile on 30 March 1991.

Lubachivsky is buried in St. George's Cathedral in Lviv.


  1. ^ "Myroslav Ivan Cardinal Lubachivsky". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 23 January 2015.[self-published]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Joseph M. Schmondiuk
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Stephen Sulyk
Preceded by
Josyf Slipyj
Major Archbishop of Lviv
(exiled to Vatican)

Succeeded by
Revival of the full title
Preceded by
New title
Volodymyr Sterniuk
(Locum tenens of metropolitan see)
Major Archbishop of Lviv, Metropolitan of Galicia
Succeeded by
Lubomyr Husar