Hilarion (Rudnyk) of Edmonton

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His Grace Hilarion (Rudnyk) of Edmonton, also Ilarion (Rudnyk), is the ruling bishop of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, under the jurisdiction of the Church of Constantinople. He was enthroned in 2008.


Roman Rudnyk was born on February 14, 1972, in Lviv in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. He received his elementary and secondary education in the schools of the USSR before continuing a theological education at the Kiev Theological Seminary, graduating in 1992. With the recommendation of Archbishop Vsevolod (Maidansky) of Scopelos and blessing of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople, Roman then moved to Greece to continue his theological studies at the theological faculty of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, from which he graduated in 1997.

On December 5, 1997, Roman was tonsured a monk and given the name Hilarion (Ilarion). On December 21, Hilarion was ordained a deacon by Metropolitan Panteleimon of Tyroloe and Serention, abbot of the Monastery of Vlatadon in Thessalonica, who also ordained Dcn. Hilarion to the priesthood three years later. Hieromonk Hilarion continued his theological education, receiving a Master's degree in canon law. In 2002, Fr. Hilarion was assigned to a parish in Porto, Portugal.

On March 21, 2004, Fr. Hilarion was elevated to the dignity of archimandrite by the Holy Synod of the Church of Constantinople. On January 11, 2005, Fr. Hilarion was elected to the episcopacy as Bishop of Telmissus by the Holy Synod, to serve as assistant to Metropolitan Epiphanius of Spain and Portugal. He was consecrated in the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Constantinople on January 29, 2005.

On October 21, 2008, Bishop Hilarion was elected the Bishop of Edmonton by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the request of Metropolitan John (Stinka) of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (UOCC). He was enthroned as Bishop of Edmonton and Western Canada on October 26, 2008, at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John in Edmonton, Canada.

Following the retirement of Metropolitan Yurij (Kalistchuk) of Winnipeg on July 10, 2021, Bishop Hilarion became locum tenens of the cathedra of the Winnipeg Metropolia of the UOCC until a "sobor" or general council of the UOCC could be held to elect a new first hierarch to replace Metropolitan Yurij.

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Hilarion (Rudnyk) of Edmonton
Preceded by:
Bishop of Telmissus

2005 - 2008
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
John (Stinka) of Winnipeg
Bishop of Edmonton and Western Canada

2008 - Present
Succeeded by:
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