Metropolitan Sophroniy (Dmytruk) of the UOC MP passed away
This was reported by the Information and Educational Department of the UOC-MP.
Bishop Sophroniy had led the Diocese of Cherkasy for 28 years. "He is remembered as a tireless worker in the field of God and a fruitful temple worker. During the long years of his Episcopal service, hundreds of mutilated churches were restored, the glorious monasteries of Cherkasy region were revived, and many people found faith through the sermons and selfless service of Metropolitan Sophroniy," the website of the UOC-MP notes.
Metropolitan Sophroniy of Cherkasy and Kaniv (Dmitry Savvych Dmytruk) was born on February 15, 1940, in the village of Mnyshyn in the Goshchansky district of the Rivne region.
After graduating from high school in 1957, he worked in construction. In 1960, he enrolled by conscription.
From 1962 to 1966, he studied at the Moscow Theological Seminary. During 1966-1970, he studied at the Moscow Theological Academy and graduated with a degree in theology. From 1970 to 1972, he worked at the MTA as a professorial fellow, an employee of the Church's archaeological office, and a senior tour guide.
On November 24, 1968, he was ordained a deacon. On April 12, 1971, he took monastic vows in honor of St. Sophronius, Bishop of Irkutsk. On January 7, 1973, he was ordained a hieromonk. In 1977, he was elevated to the rank of hegumen. Throughout 1974-1979, he taught at the Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary.
Since October 1979 he was rector of the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos in the village of Stary Kovray, Chernobaev district, Cherkasy region. During 1980-1987 he was rector of the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos in Cherkasy. In 1987-1989, he was rector of the Transfiguration Church in Horodyshche, Cherkasy region. From 1989 to 1992 he was rector of the Holy Borys and Glib Church in the city of Boryspil, Kyiv region, Dean of the Boryspil district. In 1992, he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite.
On August 9, 1992, Archimandrite Sophroniy was consecrated as Bishop of Cherkasy and Kaniv. On November 3, 2000, he was elevated to the rank of Archbishop. From October 1 to December 30, 2001, he temporarily led the DIoceses of Poltava and Kremenchuk.
On September 24, 2008, he was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan.