70 years ago, the Orthodox Ukrainians of America united

16 October, 11:57
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On October 14, 1950, New York hosted the Unification Council of the American-Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America into one Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States.

This is recalled by Ukrayinsky Pohlyad (Ukrainian View).

The Council proclaimed the formation of a single Metropolia of the UOC in the United States and adopted the charter. Ivan Teodorovych was elected Metropolitan of the UOC, and Archbishop Mstislav Skrypnyk was elected his deputy. The first autonomous UOC in the United States appeared back in 1919, which was headed by Bishop Ivan Teodorovych of the UAOC.

For a long time, the canonicity of His Eminence Ivan was questioned, since he received ordination from Metropolitan Vasily Lipkovsky, who himself did not have canonical ordinations.

However, in 1949, Metropolitan Teodorovych was re-ordained by Orthodox Bishops, which removed all questions about his legitimacy, as well as obstacles to the unification of Orthodox Ukrainians in exile.

In 1971, Metropolitan Teodorovych died and was replaced by Metropolitan Mstislav Skrypnyk (†1993), who in 1990 was elected Patriarch of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Kyiv.

The UOC in the United States (Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA) was composed of Ukrainians who arrived in the United States, fleeing from the hardships that befell their homeland as part of the Russian Empire, and then the USSR.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States is the largest Orthodox jurisdiction of Ukrainians in the United States.

For a long time, the canonical status of the UOC in the United States was uncertain. Finally, in 1995, the Church came under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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