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Who are we?

We are Catholic Christians

Our Lord Jesus Christ established only one Universal (Catholic) Church, of which He alone is the Head.

Our Lord entrusted His Church to His Apostles and their successors, under the primacy of the Apostle Peter. The spiritual father of the Christ’s Church on earth is the Universal Pontiff, Francis, Pope of Rome. He is the direct successor to the Apostle Peter, the chief pastor among all pastors of the Church. Pope Francis presides at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, in Rome.

Of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC)

In the image of the Trinity, the one Universal (Catholic) Church exists as a communion (a family) of Particular Churches, which trace their origin to one of the Twelve Apostles. The Catholic Church today is a communion of twenty three Particular Churches.

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is an autonomous Particular Church within the Catholic Church. It is the Catholic descendent of the Church of Kyiv, born of the Church of Constantinople (the Apostle Andrew), born of the Church of Jerusalem, born of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Day.

The head and spiritual father of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church throughout the world is His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kyiv and Halych, who presides at the Resurrection Cathedral in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has established parishes, eparchies, exarchates and metropolia throughout the world: Europe (Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Italy, Ireland, England, Switzerland, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain); Asia (Kazakhstan, Russia), North America (Canada, United States); South America (Brazil, Argentina, Venezuala); Oceania (Australia, New Zealand).

Ukrainian Catholics in the United States

The spiritual father of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Canada is His Grace, Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan of Philadelphia, who presides at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, PA.