New Ukrainian Metropolitan of Poland

08.11.2015, 01:53
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It is announced on November 7 from the Vatican that Auxiliary-bishop Yevhen Popovych has been named Metropolitan of Przemysl for Ukrainians in Poland.








His Excellency Kyr Yevhen Myroslav Popovych (Eugeniusz Mirosław Popowicz) was born on 12 October 1961 in Człuchów, in the Province of Pomerania, Poland. After completing high school in 1981 he entered the Lublin Major Seminary and was ordained a priest on 17 October 1986 in Stargard Szczeciński, Poland, by Archbishop Myroslav Marusyn, Secretary of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches.

After this ordination he was entrusted with the following offices and responsibilities: curate of Elblag and Pasłęk; judicial vicar and professor at the Greek-Catholic Seminaries of Lviv  and Ternopil and the Theological Academy (which later became the Ukrainian Catholic University) in Lviv (Ukraine); episcopal vicar and parish priest of Górowo Iławeckie and Lelkowo; professor at the Major Seminary of the Basilian Order in Przemyśl; member of the presbyteral council, the college of consulters, and of the financial council of the Archparchy of Przemyśl-Warszawa.

In 1988 he received a bachelors in theology from the Catholic University of Lublin. Subsequently from 1988 to 1993, he studied at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, where he received a doctorate in Oriental Canon Law.

From 1996 to 2013 he fulfilled the office of parish priest of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Cathedral of Przemyśl and Protosyncellus (Vicar General) of the Archeparchy, and was made a mitred archpriest. He was made a canon of the Cathedral Chapter and later became the archpriest (provost) of the chapter.

His years as vicar general enabled Kyr Yehven to gain a wide knowledge and experience in pastoral work. In his sermons he touched on the following themes: that evangelization and catechesis were the foremost necessities in the Church, which must provide pastoral sacramental-liturgical care based on Holy Confession and the Blessed Euchatist. The archeparchial curia entrusted him with organizing parish retreats and pastoral-social assistance initiatives for the needy, for which he organized various welfare associations.
Named Auxiliiary-bishop of the Archeparchy of Przemyśl-Warszawa on 4 November 2013, Bishop-elect Myroslav concelebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Papal Altar in the Vatican Basilica of St. Peter's, after which was presented by Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk to Pope Francis.

He received the episcopal ordination on 21 December 2013, at the hands of Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, with Metropolitan Ivan Martynyak of Przemyśl-Warszawa, and Bishop Volodymyr Yushcak (Juszczak) of Gdansk-Wroclaw co-consecrating.

He knows Polish, Ukrainian, Italian, Russian, and English.