New members of the Permanent Synod of the UGCC elected
This is reported by the press service of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC.
The new members of the Permanent Synod are His Eminence Bogdan Dzyurakh, Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainians of the Byzantine rite in Germany and Scandinavia, His Eminence Borys Gudziak, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Philadelphia, His Eminence Volodymyr Yushchak, Eparch of Wroclaw-Koszalinski, and His Eminence Josafat Moschic, Eparch of Chernivtsi.
The Permanent Synod is led by the Patriarch of the UGCC Sviatoslav.
At the same time, deputies were elected who, if absolutely necessary, could replace the members of the Permanent Synod. These are His Eminence Brian Baida, Eparch of Toronto and Eastern Canada, His Eminence Teodor Martyniuk, auxiliary Bishop of Ternopil-Zboriv, His Eminence Yaroslav Pryriz, eparch of Sambir-Drohobych, His Eminence Mykhailo Bubny, Exarch of Odessa.
The day after the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC, on July 16, the first meeting of the new Permanent Synod members was held.
The Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is a group of bishops that acts on behalf of the Synod of bishops and is an advisory body for the head of the UGCC. The Permanent Synod consists of the patriarch of the UGCC, who heads it, and four bishops appointed for five years. One of these bishops is nominated by the head of the UGCC, and the other three, among whom at least two must be diocesan bishops, are elected by secret ballot by the Synod of Bishops. At the same time, four other deputy bishops are appointed to replace the members of the Permanent Synod if they are unable to attend the meeting.
The Permanent Synod is guided in its activities by the norms of the general and particular laws of the UGCC, the Charter of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC and the Charter of the Permanent Synod of the UGCC.