Fylymon Kurchaba
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Fylymon Kurchaba
Fylymon Kurchaba, C.Ss.R.
Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv (auxiliary)
ChurchUkrainian Greek Catholic Church
Appointed23 February 1985
In officeFebruary 23, 1985-October 26, 1995
Other postsProtohegumen of the Province of Redemptorists of Lviv (1950-1990)
Rector of the Theological Seminary in Lviv (1990-1991)
Ordination25 July 1937 (Priest)
by Bl. Nicholas Charnetsky
Consecration23 February 1985 (Bishop)
by Volodymyr Sterniuk
Personal details
Birth nameFylymon Kurchaba
Born(1911-12-21)21 December 1911
Zhelekhiv Velykyi, Austrian-Hungarian Empire, now Ukraine
DiedOctober 26, 1995(1995-10-26) (aged 83)
Lviv, Ukraine

Fylymon Kurchaba, C.Ss.R. (Ukrainian: ? ?; 21 December 1911 - 26 October 1995) was a Ukrainian Greek Catholic hierarch. He was clandestine auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv from 1985 (from 16 January 1991 as titular bishop of Abrittum) until his death in 1995.

Born in Zhelekhiv Velykyi, Austrian-Hungarian Empire (present-day - Velykosilka, Kamianka-Buzka Raion, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine) on 1911 in the Greek-Catholic peasant family and on 1931 joined the missionary Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.[1] He was professed on 15 September 1932, solemn professed on 28 August 1935 and was ordained a priest on 25 July 1937 by Blessed Bishop Nicholas Charnetsky, C.Ss.R. [2] during his studies in Belgium. After ordination he served in the different Redemptorist monasteries in the Western Ukraine.[1]

During 1948-1950 he was arrested, because the Communist regime abolished the Greek-Catholic Church and detained in the Univ Lavra, former monastery, that become a Soviet concentration camp. After release from 1950 until 1990 Fr. Kurchaba was a Protohegumen of the Province of Redemptorists of Lviv (until 1989 it was a vice-province). In 23 February 1985 he was consecrated to the Episcopate as auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv. The principal and single consecrator was clandestine Archbishop Volodymyr Sterniuk.[2]

In 1990-1991 he served as the rector of the Theological Seminary in Lviv.

He died in Lviv on 26 October 1995.


  1. ^ a b ? (in Ukrainian). Official Site of the Ukrainian Province of the Redemptorists. 2016-12-16.
  2. ^ a b "Bishop Philemon Kurchaba, C.SS.R." catholic-hierarchy.org. 2016-12-16.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ivan Chornyak
Rector of the Major Theological Seminary in Lviv
Succeeded by
Yulian Voronovskyi
Preceded by
Cletus F. O'Donnell
Titular Bishop of Abrittum
Succeeded by
Ján Eugen Ko?i?

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