Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
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Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
Archeparchy of Philadelphia

Philadelphiensis Ucrainorum
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Seat of the Archeparchy: The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TerritoryEastern and Central Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Ecclesiastical provinceUkrainian Catholic Metropolia of Philadelphia
HeadquartersPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- Catholics

Sui iuris churchUkrainian Greek Catholic
EstablishedMay 28, 1913
CathedralUkrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Major ArchbishopSviatoslav Shevchuk
Metropolitan ArchbishopBorys Gudziak
Auxiliary BishopsJohn Bura
Andriy Rabiy
Bishops emeritusStephen Sulyk
Stephen Soroka
Archeparchy of Philadelphia
Archeparchy of Philadelphia
Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia is the Catholic archeparchy governing all Ukrainian Greek Catholic eparchies and Ukrainian Greek Catholics in the United States. Its headquarters are at 827 North Franklin Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The current head of the Archeparchy is The Right Reverend Boris Gudziak, reigning since June 4, 2019[1]. The previous metropolitian had been the Most Reverend Stefan Soroka, who was then replaced after his resignation due to health reasons by Apostolic Administrator Andriy Rabiy. [2] The Archeparchy's territorial jurisdiction includes the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and the eastern and central portions of Pennsylvania.

Ukrainian Catholics in the United States were given sui iuris status as an ordinariate for the faithful of eastern rite by Pope Pius X in 1914. Prior to that, all Ukrainian Catholics had been under the jurisdiction of the local Roman ordinary. In 1924, the status of the ordinariate was elevated to that of exarchate, known as the Apostolic Exarchate of United States of America, Faithful of the Oriental Rite (Ukrainian). The Exarchate was then elevated to the status of Archeparchy by Pope Pius XII in 1950. In 1983, the Archeparchy lost part of its territory to the new Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio, erected by Pope John Paul II.[3]

Currently, the Archeparchy has approximately 67,250 Catholics and 74 parishes under its canonical jurisdiction.[4]

Iconostasis at the Ukrainian Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia.


Ordinary of the United States of America

Archeparchs of Philadelphia

  1. Constantine Bohachevsky (1924-1961)
  2. Ambrozij Andrew Senyshyn, O.S.B.M. (1961-1976)
  3. Joseph Michael Schmondiuk (1977-1978)
  4. Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky (1979-1980), appointed Coadjutor Archeparch and later Archeparch of Lviv (Ukrainian)
  5. Stephen Sulyk (1980-2000)
  6. Stephen Soroka (2000-2018)
  7. Borys Gudziak (2019-present)

Other priests of this eparchy who became bishops

Auxiliary Eparchs of Philadelphia


The seat of the Archeparchy is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, built in the style of the Hagia Sophia,[5] and located across the street from the Archeparchy's offices. It hosted a papal visit by Pope John Paul II in 1979, the first time a Roman Pontiff had visited an Eastern Catholic church in the United States. In addition, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and his wife paid a state visit to the Archeparchy and the Cathedral in 2005.

Metropolia of Philadelphia for the Ukrainians

The archeparchy is the metropolitan see of the Ukrainian Catholic Metropolia of Philadelphia. The archeparchy has three suffragan eparchies: Saint Josaphat in Parma, Saint Nicholas of Chicago, and Stamford.


The archepathy governs parishes in the following states:

See also


  1. ^ says, Illya Matthew Labunka. "Philadelphia Ukrainian Catholics welcome new metropolitan archbishop". Catholic Philly. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Pope Francis Appoints Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy as Apostolic Administrator of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia; Accepts Resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka". Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia". Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Cheney, David M. "Philadelphia (Archeparchy) [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Accessed September 15, 2011.


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