Auxiliary Bishop Appointed for Lviv Archeparchy of the UGCC


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On August 3, 2010, the Office of Major Archbishopric of Kyiv-Halych of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church reported that the hieromonk Benedict (Valery Aleksiychuk) from the Holy Dormition Univ Monastery was appointed the auxiliary bishop of Lviv Archeparchy. Pope Benedict XVI affirmed the choice and the hirotony (ordination) will be held on September 5. The future bishop receives the Titular See of Germaniciana.

The newly appointed bishop was born in 1968 in the Rivne region. He finished medical school and worked in an ambulance team. In 1990 he entered the seminary in Drohobych (Western Ukraine). He was ordained in1992.

In 1993 he entered the Studite monastery of the Holy Dormition in Univ. Fr. Benedict served as a priest in Belarus, later in Canada, and in 1999 was elected as hegumen at Univ Monastery (re-elected twice). Fr. Benedict has a doctorate in theology from the Lublin Catholic University and is engaged in different ministries in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Source: Information Department of UGCC