Archbishop Metropolitan Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki turns 60
In an interview Metropolitan Mieczyslaw described his ministry as follows:
"I draw strength for my ministry from prayer and trust in the Holy Spirit. Models for me are my predecessors: the Blessed Yakiv Strepa, St. Joseph Bilchevsky, and other saints and Blessed ones who worked here during the persecution of the church under the Soviet Union. A special example of a good shepherd for me was St. John Paul II, near whom I was lucky enough to work."
Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki was born on March 29, 1961 in the village of Maidan Lukavecki (Poland). He studied at the Higher Theological Seminary in Przemysl, at the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University of Lublin, and at the Pontifical University of St. Tomas Aquinas "Angelicum" (Theology of Spirituality). He received a Doctorate in Theology.
In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki as coadjutor bishop of the Lviv Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI performed his Episcopal Ordination at the Vatican.
Since 2008 he was Chairman of the conference of the Roman Catholic episcopate in Ukraine and also heads the Commission on the doctrine of faith. On November 22, 2008, he was appointed to the new Metropolitan throne of the Lviv Catholic Church.
Awarded orders and distinctions:
Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta - "For outstanding services to the Polish community abroad, for promoting Poland and Polish traditions and culture" (2010).
Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta - "For outstanding services to the Polish Church, for activities for the benefit of Ukrainian Polonia" (2007).
Cross "Calvary of the East" (2016).