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John Stinka was born on January 24, 1935, in Buchanan, Saskatchewan as the youngest of 12 children. His primary schooling was obtained at Dobranovetz School in Drobot, Sk., and he obtained his secondary education at the Yorkton Collegiate High School in Yorkton, Sk. After receiving his teaching certificate, he taught at the Hryhoriw Elementary School (near Preeceville, Sk.) and worked for 10 years in Saskatoon. He was active in the Ukrainian Orthodox community in Saskatoon,
we he attended Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, as a member of the Cathedral Choir, and as a member of CYMK (Ukrainian Orthodox Youth).
At the Extraordinary Sobor of the UOCC in 1983, Fr. John was elected [[bishop]] and was ordained to the episcopacy on [[November 27]], 1983, at Holy Trinity Metropolitan Cathedral and installed as bishop of Saskatoon by His Beatitude Metropolitan [[Andrew (Metiuk) of Winnipeg|Andrew (Metiuk)]], His Eminence Archbishop Boris, and His Grace Bishop [[Wasyly (Fedak) of Winnipeg|Wasyly (Fedak)]].
At the 17th Sobor in 1985 in Winnipeg, Bp. John was appointed as Bishop of Edmonton and the Western Diocese following the reposes of Abp. Boris and Metr. Andrew. In 1990 he was elevated to archbishop.
Following the repose of Metropolitan Wasyly in 2005, Abp. John became the acting [[primate]] and at the 21st Sobor in Winnipeg in 2006 was elected primate and metropolitan (and was approved by Constantinople on [[November 20]], 2005).