The elections of the new Head of the UGCC to begin on March 21st
On Thursday, 17 th Feb., there was held a press conference in Kyiv on the occasion of convocation of the Elective Synod of the Bishops of the UGCC with participation of Administrator of the UGCC Most Rev. Ihor Vozniak, Secretary of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC Most Rev. Bohdan Dzyurakh and chief of the Legal department of the Patriarchal Curia Rev. Dr. Vitalij Tokar.
Synod of the Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church to elect the Major Archbishop will begin on Mar. 21st in Patriarch Josyf Slipyj Retreat center in Lviv-Briuchovychi. The corresponding decree was signed by Administrator of the UGCC Archbishop Ihor Vozniak on Feb. 11th in Kyiv at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection.
"To participate in the Synod are convened all the bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, members of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC, especially those who have a hard duty to participate in it" - announced Reverend Archbishop Igor (Voznyak).
According to the Administrator of the UGCC, Elective Synod of the UGCC is convoked on the basis of the norms of canon 128, paragraph 3 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. Members of the Synod of Bishops are to remain in the place of the Synod until the elections are confirmed on behalf of the Holy Father and until a new Head of the UGCC is officially .proclaimed.
"Today the Synod of Bishops is made up of 50 bishops from Ukraine as well as from abroad, - says Secretary of the Synod of Bishops Most Rev. Bohdan (Dziurakh). - The Synod is the legislative body of the Church, consisting exclusively of bishops. It determines the internal and external policy of the Church, takes care of building up church structures, makes decisions upon pastoral, ecumenical and educational issues. Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is usually held once a year "- explicates Bishop of the Curia.
As it was previously reported, on February 10th at the press conference in Kyiv His Beatitude Lubomyr (Husar) announced that on that day Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation from the office of Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC). A request regarding this matter had been sent to the Holy Father by the Head of the UGCC when he turned 75 years of age. According to the canon law, until a new Head of the UGCC is elected, the new Administrator of the Church becomes Archbishop of Lviv Most Rev. Ihor (Voznyak).
His Beatitude Lubomyr has headed the UGCC for ten years after the death of his predecessor on the throne Myroslav Ivan Lubachivskyi. He became the first Head of the Church elected by a special Synod of Bishops after the Church emergence from the underground and after the independence of Ukraine. His Beatitude Lubomyr will preserve all the titles and honors due to his office.
Information Department of the UGCC