Statistical Information on UOC-MP for 2010 Made Public at Synod
An extended session of the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was held under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Volodymyr on Thursday in the Kyiv Cave Monastery, reports the website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP).
As he opened the session, the head of the UOC greeted the participants and noted the positive aspects of sessions like this which allow all interested persons to have an opportunity to hear and evaluate the annual reports of the heads of synodal departments.
The hierarch also presented a collection of reports on the activity of the synodal departments and committees for the current year. Then the heads of the UOC synodal departments and committees gave reports on the activities of their structures during 2010.
The administrator of the UOC, Archbishop Mytrofan (Yurchuk) of Bila Tserkva and Bohuslav, read the Report on the Status of the UOC for 2010 and presented statistics as of the end of 2010:
- number of eparchies - 44;
- number of bishops - 67, 44 of which are ruling ones;
- suffragan bishops 17;
- retired - 6 bishops;
- metropolitans - 12;
- archbishops - 23;
- bishops - 32.
As of January 1, 2010, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church had the following:
- number of parishes - 10,984, number of clergymen - 10,085 (9,379 priests and 706 deacons);
- number of monasteries - 205, (107 men's and 98 women's);
- total number of monastics - 4,926 (1,747 in monasteries and 3,079 in nuneries);
- number of Spiritual educational institutions - 22, (2 academies, 7 seminaries, 13 colleges);
- number of printed editions - 90, newspapers - 66, magazines - 24;
- internet pages - 230;
- TV programs - 22;
- Sunday schools: approximately 5,000.
As a positive phenomenon, Archbishop Mytrofan mentioned the return of a number of parishes to the jurisdication of the Moscow Patriarcharte. Representatives of the UOC-MP hope that the process will accelerate each year. According to the administrator of the UOC-MP, the church "conducts its mission in a fitting manner, commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, namely, to lead the Ukrainian nation to salvation."