Volodymyr Sabodan

Metropolitan Vladimir (Volodymyr; secular name Viktor Markianovich Sabodan, Russian: Виктор Маркианович Сабодан, Ukrainian: Віктор Маркіянович Сабодан, November 23, 1935 – July 5, 2014) was the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) (UOC-MP) from 1992 to 2014. Metropolitan Volodymyr's official title was His Beatitude Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine. As head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), he was the head of the only Ukrainian Church inside Ukraine to have canonical standing (legal recognition) in Eastern Orthodoxy worldwide.

His Beatitude

Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine
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ChurchUkrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)
ElectedMay 27, 1992
OrdinationJune 15, 1961
ConsecrationJuly 9, 1966
by Pimen I of Moscow
Personal details
Born(1935-11-23)November 23, 1935
DiedJuly 5, 2014(2014-07-05) (aged 78)
Kyiv, Ukraine
SignatureVolodymyr's signature

Early lifeEdit

Viktor Sabodan was born November 23, 1935 in a peasant family in Letychiv Raion of Vinnytsia Oblast (today - Khmelnytskyi Oblast).[2]

In the late 1950s and early 1960s Sabodan studied at Odessa and later Leningrad Theological Seminary.

In 1965 Sabodan completed the post-graduate course at the Moscow Theological Academy and was appointed Rector of the Odessa Theological Seminary and elevated to the rank of Archimandrite. In 1966 he was appointed Deputy Head of the Russian Orthodox Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem.


In 1966[2] Sabodan was appointed Bishop of Zvenigorod. His episcopal consecration was conferred on July 9, 1966 by Pimen I of Moscow in the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. In 1969 he was nominated Bishop of Chernihiv and temporary administrator of Sumy Diocese. On September 9, 1973 he was elevated to the rank of Archbishop of Moscow Diocese and Rector of the Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary. On July 16, 1982 he was appointed to Rostov-on-Don Diocese and elevated to the rank of Metropolitan. From 1984 he was Patriarchal Exarch of Western Europe, and from 1987, a permanent member of the Holy Synod, Chancellor of Moscow Patriarchate. In 1992, he was elected by the Kharkiv Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as Metropolitan of Kyiv, and Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Later than year he was enthroned as Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine, replacing Metropolitan Filaret who was excommunicated for “participating in schismatic activities.”

Sabodan was the author of numerous research papers on theology, the majority of which were included in the six-volume edition of his works published in 1997–1998.

Sabodan enjoyed singing and collected recordings of Ukrainian folk songs as well as stamps and postcards. He had no objections to a good meal.[citation needed]

In January 2008, Sabodan performed the service of consecration of the altar and temple in Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.[3]

In 2011 Sabodan was awarded the title Hero of Ukraine.[2]


Sabodan died on July 5, 2014 from internal bleeding at the age of 78.[2] Metropolitan Onuphrius was elected his successor on August 13, 2014.[1]

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Metropolitan Onufriy of Chernivtsi and Bukovyna elected head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Interfax-Ukraine (13 August 2014)
  2. ^ a b c d Metropolitan Volodymyr dies, Ukrinform (5 July 2014)
  3. ^ "KYIV. His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr consecrated the church at the Supreme Rada of Ukraine", Official Press secretary, January 2008

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