Patriarch Sviatoslav Installs Apostolic Exarch for Greek Catholic Ukrainians in Great Britain
The installation of the fifth Apostolic Exarch for Greek Catholic Ukrainians of Great Britain, Bishop Hlib (Lonchyna), was administered on August 2 before the hierarchical Divine Service in the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile in London, ZIK reported with reference to the press service of the Apostolic Exarch in Great Britain.
The events were attended by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Bishop Mykhail (Hrynchyshyn), Apostolic Exarch in France, Benelux and Switzerland and Fr. Petro (Kryk), Exarch in Germany and Skandinavia, six Roman Catholic bishops, Fr. Archimandrite Serhii Keleger, who provides pastoral care for Ukrainians in Ireland, President of the Society of John Chrysostom, John Salter, Orthodox priests, Fr. Bohdan Matviichuk and Fr. Yevhen Stasiuk and numerous faithful of the cathedral parish and representatives of public organizations.
During the end of the Divine Service, the head of UGCC opened and consecrated a marble table commemorating those who perished for the freedom of Ukraine which was installed by members of the Association of Former Ukrainian Fighters in Great Britain. “The visitation of the Ukrainian people of God in Great Britain were for the newly elected head of UGCC an opportunity to see for himself the life of our faithful and clergymen, strengthen them in their faith and let them feel the care of the mother-Church in Ukraine for its children in diaspora,” said in conclusion Bishop Hlib.
During the following three days, Patriarch Sviatoslav visited Ukrainian Greek Catholic parishes in Gloucester, Bradford, Oldham, Rochdale, Manchester and Nottingham and the Plast and SUM (Association of Ukrainian Youth) camps in Wales. The head of UGCC ended his visit with a Divine Liturgy on 7 August in the cathedral in London, where he called the faithful to give generously even the smallest force to God so that the Lord may multiply it as He once multiplied the bread in the desert.
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Sviatoslav, was on a pastoral trip to Great Britain from August 1 to 8.