Theodosius Rostocki

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Theodosius Rostocki (born as Tadeusz Teodozy Bołbas-Rostocki; Polish: Teodozy Rostocki; 1725 – 25 January 1805) was a bishop of the Ruthenian Uniate Church, Metropolitan bishop of Kiev, Galicia and all Ruthenia. He became the first unite bishop who was a member of the Polish Senate.[1]

On 19 June 1785 Rostocki was ordained by Primate of the Uniate Church Jason Smogorzewski along with bishops Cyprian Stecki and John Kaczkowski as a bishop of Chelm. Earlier that year he also was confirmed as a coadjutor Metropolitan bishop of Kiev, Galicia and all Ruthenia.

Following the death of Jason Smogorzewski, on 1 November 1788 he succeeded as the Metropolitan bishop of Kiev, Galicia, and all Ruthenia. In 1790 he resigned as bishop of Chelm. In 1796 Rostocki created Eparchy of Suprasl on territory of the New East Prussia creation of which was approved by the Pope in couple of years.

He consecrated following bishops Josaphat Bulhak, Porphyrius Skarbek Wazynski and Adrian Butrymowicz.

After the third partition of Poland, Rostocki was detained by the Russian authorities and was forced to move to Saint Petersburg where he died in 1805.


  1. ^ Dzyuba, O. Theodosius Rostocki (РОСТОЦЬКИЙ ТЕОДОСІЙ). Encyclopedia of History of Ukraine.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Chelm
1785 – 1790
Succeeded by
Preceded by Metropolitan of Kiev, Halych, and all Ruthenia
1788 – 1805
Succeeded byas Metropolitan of all Uniates in Russia (part of Roman Catholic Theological Collegium of Russia)
Succeeded byas Metropolitan of Galicia, and Archbishop of Lemberg
Succeeded byas Bishop of Suprasl