Join Us in the Sobornopravna Church Movement
In the USA
Metropolitan Stephan has called for all Ukrainians in the Diaspora to join us in our plight for a completely Sobornopravna church. May God bless our young Ukrainian Americans who have already shown such dedication to our Ukrainian Orthodox Church, to our heritage and Motherland.
His Beatitude urges all young Ukrainian Americans to support this most vital movement that is taking place. You are important and your voice counts. You can be part of history by working now to save our Ukrainian Orthodox Church!
We must return all of our churches to where they once were and continue as we have before - to be a truly independent Ukrainian Church in the Diaspora which fully supports our Motherland, Ukraine and the Kyiv Patriarchate but remains self-governing in the Diaspora.
Metropolitan Stephan also has asked all Ukrainian American veterans to support this movement and our church and wishes to thank the parishes who have already joined us in this movement.
It is important to note that the hierarchy of the UAOC in the USA are Ukrainian-American bishops whose family were from Ukraine and who still have family in our Motherland. They speak, read and write Ukrainian and are not just bishops who belong to a Ukrainian church, like many in the United States. Vladyka Stephan's relavtives are from Strij in Western Ukraine and he still has family there. Vladyka Michael's relatives are from Uzhorod and he still has family there.
"All of our services are held in Ukrainian and we are proud Ukrainian-Americans who want to maintain our beautiful customs and language in our churches. This is who we are and we will never loose our heritage. We are very active in many Ukrainian organizations in the USA," comments Metropolitan Stephan.