155th anniversary of UGCC Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky to be celebrated at the state level
On July 29, 2020, Ukraine will celebrate 155 years since the birth of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky of the UGCC at the state level.
The draft resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine "On the celebration of anniversaries in 2020" was adopted at a meeting of the Parliament on January 14.
At the initiative of MP Pavlo Bakunets (122 district of Yavoriv and Zhovkiv), a graduate of the Ukrainian Catholic University, the list of anniversaries to be celebrated at the state level in 2020 also includes honoring the 155th anniversary of the birth of the UGCC Metropolitan, who led the Church in 1901-1944.
"I consider Andrey Sheptytsky a true mentor of the community and a dedicated public figure. He is an example of a leader and a Man with a capital letter, my spiritual mentor. It was a matter of honor for me to initiate and support the celebration of this memorable date. Yavoriv District Council and concerned citizens filed to me an appeal for the celebration of the Metropolitans anniversary. I am proud that the 155 birthday anniversary of Metropolitan Andrey will be celebrated at the state level," said Pavlo Bakunets.
It should be noted that Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky (head of the UGCC in 1901-1944) was born on July 29, 1865, in the village of Prylbychi, Yavoriv region. During his ministry, he significantly rebuilt the Greek Catholic Church both in Ukraine and abroad. Being one of the wealthiest people in Halychyna, he generously sponsored Ukrainian cultural and educational societies and provided scholarships to young artists. In 1905, he founded the national Museum in Lviv and purchased a large number of exhibits for it. He supported Ukrainian economic activity, promoted the opening of cooperatives. As a Metropolitan from Halychyna, he was a member of the Viennese Parliament and the Galician Sejm. He experienced the oppression on the part of the Bolsheviks. He died on November 1, 1944, due to a serious illness.