Hundreds of Churches Transfer to Orthodox Church of Ukraine
The Orthodox Church of Ukraine was established by a unification council on Dec. 15 and received its Tomos of autocephaly (decree of ecclesial independence) on Jan. 5
In total, 458 parish churches and two cathedrals have transferred to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
The churches transferred over from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), Religious Information Service of Ukraine said.
The Religious Information Service of Ukraine created an interactive map displaying the transitions. The map is regularly updated.
Most recently, on March 8, three Rivne region parishes transferred from the UOC-MP to the OCU: St. George’s Church from Rusyvel’ village, St. Nicholas Church from Selets’ village, and St. John the Theologian Church from Mashcha village.
The council voted to unite the existing Ukrainian Orthodox jurisdictions: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and a part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
The Primate of the church is the Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine. The unification council elected Epiphanius as its primate, who was previously the Metropolitan of Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi and Bila Tserkva (UOC-KP).