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Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic archeparchy (Eastern Catholic archdiocese) for the Catholics who practice the Byzantine Rite in the Ukrainian language in Manitoba, a province of Canada. Currently, its Archeparch is Archbishop Lawrence Huculak.

Archeparchy of Winnipeg

Archieparchia Vinnipegensis Ucrainorum

Українська Католицька Архиєпархія в Вінніпеґу
Sts. Vladimir & Olga Cathedral (Ukrainian Catholic Church).jpg
Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga
Location
TerritoryCanada
Ecclesiastical provinceArcheparchy of Winnipeg
HeadquartersWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Population
- Catholics

29,700
Information
Sui iuris churchUkrainian Greek Catholic
RiteByzantine
EstablishedNovember 3, 1956
CathedralUkrainian Catholic Cathedral of Sts. Volodymyr and Olga
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
Major ArchbishopSviatoslav Shevchuk
Metropolitan ArchbishopLawrence Huculak
Website
www.archeparchy.ca

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga, Winnipeg, Manitoba[1] Sts. Vladimir and Olga are the patron saints of the Cathedral. In Ukrainian Churches the patron saint of the Church is always represented behind the altar. Sts. Vladimir and Olga are the ones who introduced Christianity to Ukraine, and it is appropriate that the first Ukrainian Church in Winnipeg is placed under their patronage.[2]

There is also a notable Shrine: Bishop Velychkovsky Martyr’s Shrine, also in Winnipeg.

The archeparchy directly governs all Ukrainian Greek Catholic parishes in Manitoba. As of 2010, the archeparchy contained 136 parishes, 32 active diocesan priests, 11 religious priests, and 29,700 member Catholics. It also has 23 religious sisters, 11 religious brothers and 12 permanent deacons. It operates a number of parochial schools in the city of Winnipeg jointly with the Latin Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Boniface.

HistoryEdit

 
Sts. Vladimir and Olga, by Leo Mol

Nestor Dmytriw, the first Ukrainian Catholic priest in Canada, having started parishes in 1897 and 1898 in Terebowla, Manitoba, Stuartburn, Manitoba and Edna, Alberta, advocated a separate Ukrainian Catholic particular church in Canada, but this idea was long opposed by the existing (Latin) Canadian Catholic hierarchy. His vision came to fruition on 15 June 1912 when the Holy See established in Winnipeg the Apostolic Exarchate of Canada and Nykyta Budka was appointed its first Exarch (missionary bishop) for Ukrainians in Canada, in response to the success of pretend Bishop Seraphim (Stefan Ustvolsky) in organizing Ukrainians interested in the liturgical traditions of their heritage.

On 1948.01.19 it was renamed as Apostolic Exarchate of Central Canada, having lost vast territories to establish the Apostolic Exarchate of Western Canada and the Apostolic Exarchate of Eastern Canada.

On 1951.03.10 it was renamed as Apostolic Exarchate of Manitoba, having lost territory again to establish the Apostolic Exarchate of Saskatoon.

On 1956.11.03 it finally lost its missionary pre-diocesean status and exemption (till then, being directly subject to the Holy See) when promoted, not just to eparchy but immediately as Metropolitan Archeparchy (Archdiocese) of Winnipeg.

It enjoyed a papal visit by Pope John Paul II in September 1984.

Ecclesiastical provinceEdit

BishopsEdit

Diocesan ordinariesEdit

Apostolic Exarch of Canada
Apostolic Exarch of Central Canada
Apostolic Exarch of Manitoba
Metropolitan Archeparchs (Archbishops) of Winnipeg
  • Maxim Hermaniuk, C.SS.R. (see above 1956.11.03 – 1992) also President of Synod of the Ukrainian Catholic Church (1969 – 1974)
  • Michael Bzdel C.SS.R. (1992.12.16 – 2006.01.09)
  • Lawrence Huculak, O.S.B.M. (2006.01.09 – ...), previously Eparch of Edmonton of the Ukrainians (Canada) (1996.12.16 – 2006.01.09)

Coadjutor bishopEdit

Auxiliary bishopsEdit

Other priests of this diocese who became bishopsEdit

  • Isidore Borecky, appointed Apostolic Exarch of Eastern Canada (Ukrainian) in 1948
  • Roman Danylak, appointed Apostolic Administrator of Toronto (Ukrainian) in 1992

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Martynowych, Orest T., Ss Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic church
  2. ^ "Mol, Leo" (PDF).

Sources and external linksEdit