Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton
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Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton
Eparchy of Edmonton Eparchy

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St. Josaphat Cathedral, the seat of the Eparchy
Ecclesiastical provinceAlberta
MetropolitanLawrence Huculak Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg
HeadquartersEdmonton, Alberta
- Catholics (including non-members)

DenominationUkrainian Catholic
Sui iuris churchUkrainian Catholic
EstablishedNovember 3, 1956
CathedralUkrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. Josaphat
Current leadership
Major ArchbishopSviatoslav Shevchuk
EparchDavid Motiuk

The Eparchy of Edmonton is a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church ecclesiastical territory or eparchy of the Catholic Church that governs parishes in the Canadian province of Alberta. It uses the Byzantine Rite liturgy in the Ukrainian language and English language. The eparchy's cathedral is St. Josaphat's Cathedral in the episcopal see of Edmonton, Alberta.


On 19 January 1948, it was established as Ukrainian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Western Canada (an Eastern Catholic missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction, akin to a Latin apostolic prefecture), on territory split off from the then Ukrainian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Canada.

On 10 March 1951, it was renamed as Ukrainian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Edmonton, after its see.

On 3 November 1956, promoted as Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (Eastern Catholic diocese) of Edmonton. It thus lost its exempt status, becoming a suffragan in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg.

On 27 June 1974, it lost territory to establish the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of New Westminster.

On January 26, 2007 Pope Benedict XVI appointed former Auxiliary Bishop David Motiuk of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg as head of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton.


As of 2020, the diocese contains 81 parishes, 35 active diocesan and religious priests and 25,000 Catholics. It also has 11 women religious, 4 religious brothers and 8 permanent deacons.[1]



Apostolic Exarch of Western Canada
Apostolic Exarchs of Edmonton
  • Neil Savaryn, O.S.B.M. (see above 1951.03.10 - 1956.11.03 see below)
Suffragan Eparchs (Diocesan bishops) of Edmonton

Auxiliary bishop

Other priest of this eparchy who became bishop

The golden church dome under a blue sky was a symbol of faith and hope for the Ukrainian Greek Catholics who emigrated to the New World. Today, it remains a recognizable image that is familiar and welcoming to all Albertans, no matter their background.

Logo of Edmonton Eparchy

In this representation, logo designer Julian Hayda modelled his dome after St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Waugh, Alberta. He explains, "What you see here are two paths, beginning at both East and West, and converging at a pinnacle as two hands holding one cross together." He is referring to Eastern Catholics in full communion with Rome, joined in the one Catholic Church. The arms reaching upward also reflect our ardent desire to enter into communion with the awesomeness of God through the sacrificial love of Christ represented by the cross.[]

As in classical iconography, the colour blue also represents divinity. The darker the blue, the more deeply we enter into the life of the Holy Trinity. The circle stands for the eternal nature of God - without beginning or end. As such, God's love for us is eternal - a mystery beyond our understanding. In contrast, the golden dome reflects the glory of God, the Divine Light visible to us. Its shape reminds us of the vault of heaven where we experience the embrace of the living God, especially through the Holy Mysteries, the Eucharist in particular.

Finally, an invitation, "Come follow me." Christ who called the first disciples, also calls each and every one of us to follow him. A relatable and inspiring image, the logo of the Eparchy of Edmonton reflects the mission of the Church, to evangelize and share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone, no matter where they are on their faith journey.[]

Assigned Clergy

Listed is the current Clergy assigned to each Church in the Eparchy

Location Church Pastor
Calgary Assumption of the BVM Rev. Roman Planchak
Calgary St. Stephen Protomartyr Rev. Greg Faryna
Camrose District Protection of the BVM Very Rev. Mark Bayrock
Calmar Holy Trinity
Calmar (Farms) Immaculate Conception
Daysland Assumption of the BVM
Hay Lakes Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Holden (Farms) Presentation of the BVM
Holden Descent of the Holy Spirit
Leduc Holy Trinity
Roundhill Transfiguration of Our Lord
Thorsby St. John the Baptist
Edmonton Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God__ Rev. Bohdan Nahachewsky
Edmonton Exaltation of the Holy Cross Rev. Janko Herbut
Edmonton Holy Eucharist Very Rev. Mihajlo Planchak
Edmonton Protection of BVM Rev. Serhiy Harahuc
Edmonton St. Basil the Great Rev. Josaphat Tyrkalo, O.S.B.M (Pastor & Rector)

Rev. Thomas Kobak, O.S.B.M (1st Assistant)

Rev. Mark Zazula, O.S.B.M (2nd Assistant)

Edmonton St. George Rev. Anton Tarasenko,

Rev. Stanislav Bjeli (Assistant)

Edmonton St. Josaphat Cathedral Rev. Peter Babej, Pastor
Edmonton St. Nicholas Rev. Julian Bilyj
Edmonton St. Vladimir Rev. Ivan Nykyforuk
Grande Prairie District Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God Rev. Mark Sych
High Prairie Christ the King
Hines Creek All Saints
Manning Ascension of Our Lord
Reno Descent of the Holy Spirit
Lethbridge St. Peter and Paul Rev. Gary Sedgwick
Mundare District Sts. Peter and Paul (Served by the Basilian Fathers)
Vegreville Holy Trinity
Lamont St. John the Baptist
Borshchiw St. John the Baptist
Krakow Protection of the BVM
St. Michael St. Nicholas
Skaro Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Star-Peno Assumption of the BVM
Chipman Nativity of BVM
Delph Presentation of the BVM
Hilliard St. Dymytro
Leeshore Nativity of the BVM
Limestone St. Michael the Archangel
Red Deer St. Vladimir Rev. Jim Nakonechny
Redwater District Sts. Borys and Hlib Rev. Slavko Dumec
Athabasca Assumption of the BVM
Carvel St. Nicholas
Darling Descent of the Holy Spirit
Rossington St. Michael the Archangel
Thorhild Holy Eucharist
Waskatenau Descent of the Holy Spirit
Waugh Assumption of the BVM
Cherhill Holy Eucharist
Eldorena Protection of the BVM
Fedorah Ascension of Our Lord
Frains Holy Eucharist
Manly St. George
New Pine Creek St. Anthony
Prosperity Holy Trinity
Radway Assumption of the BVM
Rochfort Bridge St. John the Baptist
Smoky Lake District Rev. Don Bodnar
Smoky Lake Sts. Volodymyr and Olga
Buchach St. Nicholas
Lac la Biche (Craigend) Protection of the BVM
Innisfree St. Josaphat
New Kiew Ascension of Our Lord
Plain Lake Holy Trinity
Spedden Holy Trinity
Stry Holy Eucharist
Two Hills Sts. Volodymyr and Olga
Smoky Lake (Farms) St. Paraskevia
Vilna Descent of the Holy Spirit
St. Paul District Protection of the BVM Rev. Andrij Nykyforuk
Bonnyville Descent of the Holy Spirit
Derwent Descent of the Holy Spirit
Derwent(Farms) Ascension of Our Lord
Myrnam Assumption of the BVM
Elk Point Holy Eucharist
Glendon Assumption of the BVM
Iron River St. John the Baptist
Angle Lake Nativity of BVM
Northern Valley St. John the Baptist
Sherwood Park St. Sophia Rev. Rendall Yackimec
Vermilion/Lloydminster District Rev. Mike Bombak
Vermilion St. Olha
Lloydminster Descent of the Holy Spirit
Fidelity St. John the Evangelist


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