His Beatitude Sviatoslav

Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych, Father and Head of the UCC

The Head of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church (UCC), in accordance with the general and particular canons of the UCC, is the Father and Head of the UCC.

He was born on May 5, 1970, in Stryi, Lviv Region, Ukraine. From 1991–1992, he studied at the Don Bosco Center for Philosophical and Theological Studies in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and from 1992–1994, he attended the Lviv Theological Seminary.

He was ordained to the diaconate May 21, 1994 by Bishop Filimon Kurchaba, and to the priesthood June 26, 1994 by His Beatitude Myroslav Ivan Cardinal Lyubachivsky.

He was ordained to the episcopate April 7, 2009, on the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Saint George’s Cathedral in Lviv.

He was elected Father and Head of the UCC on March 23, 2011, at the Electoral Synod of Bishops of the UCC. On March 25, Pope Benedict XVI blessed this choice. He was enthroned on March 27, 2011, in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kyiv.