Archeparchy of Winnipeg
Archieparchia Vinnipegensis Ucrainorum
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|Ecclesiastical province||Archeparchy of Winnipeg|
|Headquarters||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
- Catholics (including non-members)
|Sui iuris church||Ukrainian Greek Catholic|
|Established||November 3, 1956|
|Cathedral||Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of Sts. Volodymyr and Olga|
|Major Archbishop||Sviatoslav Shevchuk|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Lawrence Huculak|
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.
Its cathedral episcopal see is the Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga, Winnipeg, Manitoba 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.
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.
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-diocesan 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.