Metropolitan Onufriy (Onuphrius, secular name Orest Volodymyrovych Berezovsky; Ukrainian: Орест Володимирович Березовський; Russian: Орест Владимирович Березовский; 5 November 1944, Korytne, Chernivtsi Oblast) is the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), holding the title of Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.
Metropolitan Onufriy of Kiev
|His Beatitude Onufriy, Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine |
Блаженнійший Онуфрій, Митрополит Київський і всієї України
Орест Володимирович Березовський
|Church||Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)|
|Metropolis||Kiev and All Ukraine|
|Elected||13 August 2014|
|In office||17 August 2014|
|Birth name||Orest Volodymyrovych Berezovsky|
|Born||November 5, 1944|
Korytne, Vyzhnytsia Raion, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
|Education||Doctor of Theology|
|Alma mater||Moscow Theological Academy|
He was born 5 November 1944 in Chernivtsi Oblast as the son of a priest. In 1961 he graduated from high school. From 1962 to 1964 he studied at the Chernivtsi technical school, after which he worked in construction organizations in Chernivtsi.
In 1966, he joined the technical faculty of the Chernivtsi University, and in 1969, after the third year, entered in the second class of the Moscow Theological Seminary; the following year, he became part of the brotherhood of the Trinity St. Sergius Lavra.
In 1988 he graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy as a candidate in theology.
On 22 January 1992 Onufriy signed a request of the bishop meeting of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II with the requirement to provide autocephalous Church in Ukraine, and on January 23 he was transferred by Metropolitan Philaret (Denysenko) to Ivano-Frankivsk diocese.
April 7, 1992 was restored by the Diocese of Chernivtsi, and served in this diocese for 23 years.
February 24, 2014 the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church elected him by secret ballot for the post of locum tenens of the Kiev metropolitan chair in connection with a medical certificate of inability of Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine to perform the duties of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
On 13 August 2014 he was elected as the new head of his church as primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine of the Moscow Patriarchate (succeeding Metropolitan Volodymyr).
Onufriy voiced his support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Onufriy refused to stand up when the Ukrainian parliament honoured the Ukrainian fighters of the War in Donbass (against pro-Russian separatists), but later commented it. In August 2014 Onufriy stated that there were no priests in his church who supported separatism. His church usually abstained from commenting on the 2014–15 Russian military intervention in Ukraine.
In February 2016 he said that "in a situation of continued military confrontation in eastern Ukraine, we emphasize that we unfailingly stand on the side of peace and support all peace initiatives of the Ukrainian authorities."
- Metropolitan Onufriy of Chernivtsi and Bukovyna elected head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Interfax-Ukraine (13 August 2014)
- After autocephaly, The Ukrainian Week (26 October, 2018)
(in Ukrainian) The Ecumenical Patriarchate unveiled documents in support of Ukrainian autocephaly, Gazeta.ua (14 September 2018)
- Russian Orthodox Church lends weight to Putin patriotism, BBC News (21 August 2015)
- "Metropolitan Onufriy tells in Moscow how difficult it is to live in Ukraine". Risu.org.ua. 4 February 2016.
- (in Ukrainian) "Коментар Блаженнішого Митрополита Онуфрія для ЗМІ (ВІДЕО) - Українська Православна Церква". 9 May 2015.
- Patriarch Filaret: Moscow church does not serve needs of people, Kyiv Post (2 October 2014)
- "Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky Elected as the Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan Diocese of Kiev | Voices from Russia". 02varvara.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- "Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina elected Locum Tenens of Metropolitanate of Kiev - News | Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE". theorthodoxchurch.info. Retrieved 2014-03-13.