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Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)
Founder(s) Apostle Andrew; St. Vladimir of Kiev
Autocephaly/Autonomy declared 1990
Autocephaly/Autonomy recognized 1990 by Church of Russia
Current primate Metr. Volodymyr
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Primary territory Ukraine
Possessions abroad N/A
Liturgical language(s) Church Slavonic, & Ukrainian
Musical tradition Kyivan Chant
Calendar Julian
Population estimate 35,000,000
Official website UOC-MP

The Church of Ukraine is an autonomous Orthodox church whose primate is confirmed by the Church of Russia. Its history extends to the introduction of Christianity into Kievan Rus' with the baptism of Prince St. Vladimir of Kiev and his people in 988, known as the Baptism of Rus'. Its current primate is His Beatitude Volodymyr (Sabodan) (who resides at the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, which is the heartbeat of Ukrainian Orthodoxy), Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine. Its autonomy is currently not recognized in international Orthodox gatherings.


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Ukrainian Orthodox divisions

Kiev Pechersk Lavra
Main article: Orthodox divisions in Ukraine

Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine is currently divided into three main factions:

Only the UOC-MP is currently in full communion with the Church of Russia and the remainder of the mainstream Orthodox Church.

Structure of the Church

Church of Ukraine in 2007 has 40[1] dioceses (eparchies):

  1. Diocese of Berdiansk[2] (established in 2007)
  2. Diocese of Bila Tserkva (1030th as Diocese of Yuriiv; re-established in 1994)
  3. Diocese of Cherkasy (1898)
  4. Diocese of Chernihiv (988)
  5. Diocese of Chernivtsi (1401; 1783)
  6. Diocese of Dnipropetrovsk (1775; 1803; 1926)
  7. Diocese of Donetsk (1991)
  8. Diocese of Horlivka (1994)
  9. Diocese of Ivano-Frankivsk (1946)
  10. Diocese of Kamyanets-Podilsk (1795)
  11. Diocese of Kharkiv (1799; 1836)
  12. Diocese of Kherson (1775; 1837; 1991)
  13. Diocese of Khmelnytsk (1795; 1990)
  14. Diocese of Khust (1994)
  15. Diocese of Kirovohrad (1947)
  16. Diocese of Konotop (1994)
  17. Diocese of Kryvyi Rih (1996)
  18. Diocese of Kyiv (Kiev) (988)
  19. Diocese of Luhansk (1944)
  20. Diocese of Lviv (1156)
  21. Diocese of Mukachiv (9 century)
  22. Diocese of Mykolaiv (1992)
  23. Diocese of Nizhyn (2007)
  24. Diocese of Odessa (1873; 1991)
  25. Diocese of Olexandria (2007)
  26. Diocese of Ovruch (1993)
  27. Diocese of Poltava (1054; 1803)
  28. Diocese of Rivne (1990)
  29. Diocese of Sarny (1999)
  30. Diocese of Severodonetsk (2007)
  31. Diocese of Shepetivka (2007)
  32. Diocese of Simferopol (1859)
  33. Diocese of Sumy (1945)
  34. Diocese of Ternopil (1988)
  35. Diocese of Tulchyn (1994)
  36. Diocese of Vinnytsia (1933)
  37. Diocese of Volodymyr-Volynskyi (992; 1996)
  38. Diocese of Volyn (992; 1996)
  39. Diocese of Zaporizhia (1992)
  40. Diocese of Zhytomyr (1799; 1944)

Current episcopacy

By their rank[3].


  1. Volodymyr (Sabodan), metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine, Primate (Predstoyatel) of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Diocesan bishops

  1. Nykodym (Rusnak), metropolitan of Kharkiv and Bohodukhiv (1961)
  2. Iryney (Seredniy), metropolitan of Dnipropetrovsk and Pavlohrad (1975)
  3. Agafangel (Savvin), metropolitan of Odessa and Izmail (1975)
  4. Lazar (Shvets), metropolitan of Simferopol and Crimea (1980)
  5. Ioannykiy (Kobzev), metropolitan of Luhansk and Alchevsk (1990)
  6. Nyfont (Solodukha), metropolitan of Lutsk and Volyn (1990)
  7. Onufriy (Berezovkyi), metropolitan of Chernivtsi and Bukovyna (1990)
  8. Ilarion (Shukalo), metropolitan of Donetsk and Mariupol (1991)
  9. Antoniy (Fialko), metropolitan of Khmelnytsk and Starokostiantyniv (1992)
  10. Mark (Petrovtsiy), archbishop of Sumy and Ohtyrka (1988)
  11. Ionafan (Yeletskykh), archbishop of Tulchyn and Bratslav (1989)
  12. Varfolomiy (Vashchuk), archbishop of Rivne and Ostroh (1990)
  13. Vasyliy (Zlatolynskyi), archbishop of Zaporizhia and Melitopol (1990)
  14. Serhiy (Hensytskyi), archbishop of Ternopil and Kremenetsk (1991)
  15. Sofroniy (Dmytruk), archbishop of Cherkasy and Kaniv (1992)
  16. Vissarion (Stretovych), archbishop of Ovruch and Korosten (1992)
  17. Pytyrym (Starynskyi), archbishop of Mykolaiv and Voznesensk (1992)
  18. Avhustyn (Markevych), archbishop of Lviv and Halych (1992)
  19. Anatoliy (Hladkyi), archbishop of Sarny and Polissia (1993)
  20. Symeon (Shostatskyi), archbishop of Vinnytsia and Mohylev-Podilskyi (1996)
  21. Ioann (Siopko), archbishop of Kherson and Tavria (1996)
  22. Mytrofan (Yurchuk), archbishop of Bila Tserkva and Bohuslav (2000)
  23. Feodor (Hayun), archbishop of Kamyanets-Podilskyi and Horodotsk (1992)
  24. Yefrem (Kytsay), archbishop of Kryvyi Rih and Nikopol (1996)
  25. Fylyp (Osadchenko), archbishop of Poltava and Kremenchuh (2001)
  26. Panteleymon (Romanovsky), bishop of Kirovohrad and Novoarchanhelsk (1992)
  27. Ipolyt (Khylko), bishop of Khust and Vynohradiv (1992)
  28. Huriy (Kuzmenko), bishop of Zhytomyr and Novohrad-Volynsk (1994)
  29. Inokentiy (Shestopal), bishop of Konotop and Hlukhiv (1996)
  30. Amvrosiy (Polikopa), bishop of Chernihiv and Novhorod-Siverskyi (1998)
  31. Ahapit (Bevtsyk), bishop of Mukachevo and Uzhhorod (1998)
  32. Panteleymon (Bashchuk), bishop of Olexandria and Svitlovodsk (2000)
  33. Mytrofan (Nikitin), bishop of Horlivka and Slovyansk (2007)
  34. Yelysey (Ivanov), bishop of Berdiansk and Prymorsk (2007)
  35. Nykodym (Horenko), bishop of Volodymyr-Volynsk and Kovel (2007)
  36. Iryney (Semko), bishop of Nizhyn and Baturyn (2007)
  37. Volodymyr (Melnyk), bishop of Shepetivka and Slavuta (2007)
  38. Ilariy (Shyshkovskyi), bishop of Severodonetsk and Starobilsk (2007)
  39. Panteleimon (Luhovyi), archimandrite (October 18, 2007), will be bishop of Ivano-Frankivsk and Kolomyia (2007)

Auxiliary bishops

  1. Pavlo (Lebid), archbishop of Vyshhorod (Metropolis of Kyiv), governor-general of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (1997)
  2. Mykolay (Hrokh), archbishop of Bilohorod (Metropolis of Kyiv) (1992)
  3. Volodymyr (Moroz), archbishop of Pochaiv (Metropolis of Kyiv), governor-general of Pochaiv Lavra (2000)
  4. Onufriy (Lehkyi), bishop of Izum (Diocese of Kharkiv) (2000)
  5. Luka (Kovalenko), bishop of Vasylkiv (Metropolis of Kyiv) (2005)
  6. Arseniy (Yakovenko), bishop of Sviatohirsk (Diocese of Horlivka) (2005)
  7. Meletiy (Yehorenko), bishop of Khotyn (Diocese of Chernivtsi) (2006)
  8. Oleksiy (Hrokha), bishop of Bilhorod-Dnistrovsk (Diocese of Odessa) (2006)
  9. Antoniy (Pakanych), bishop of Boryspil (Metropolis of Kyiv) (2006)
  10. Varnava (Filatov), bishop of Makiivka (Diocese of Donetsk) (2007)

Retired bishops

  1. Mefodiy (Petrovtsiy), ex bishop of Khust and Vynohradiv (1994-1998)
  2. Alipiy (Pohrebniak), schibishop[4], ex bishop of Horlivka and Slovyansk (1991-1997)
  3. Serhiy (Zaliznytskyi), schibishop, ex bishop Serafim of Severodonetsk and Starobilsk (1994-2007)

Ukrainian Orthodoxy abroad

Orthodox churches of the Ukrainian tradition outside of Ukraine are mainly cared for by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, including:

There are also Ukrainian parishes outside of Ukraine in dioceses of Moscow Patriarchate.

But even outside the Ukraine there are splinter groups. These include

  • Autonomous Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America (AUOCA) which was formerly known as the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - Canonical and which claims its lineage through the Tomos of Autonomy of 1924 given by the Orthodox Church of Poland.


  1. http://orthodox.org.ua/uk/2007/08/23/1626.html , http://orthodox.org.ua/uk/istoriya_eparhiy_0 (in ukrainian).
  2. Transliteration of cities according to w:Administrative divisions of Ukraine.
  3. In Ukrainian (and Russian) tradition "metropolitan" is higher status than "archbishop".
  4. Bishop in monastic schema.

See also

Autocephalous and Autonomous Churches of Orthodoxy
Autocephalous Churches
Four Ancient Patriarchates: Constantinople · Alexandria · Antioch · Jerusalem
Russia · Serbia · Romania · Bulgaria · Georgia · Cyprus · Greece · Poland · Albania · Czech Lands and Slovakia · OCA* · Ukraine*
Autonomous Churches
Sinai · Finland · Estonia* · Japan* · China* · Ukraine*
The * designates a church whose autocephaly or autonomy is not universally recognized.

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