UAOC

WHO WE ARE

The Orthodox Community of the Holy Spirit Canada UAOC is a branch of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (Ohijchuk succession). Our ministry is directed to all persons, regardless of cultural, ethnic or lingustic heritage. In addition to established Parishes and Missions in Canada, North America & the United States of America, we continue to embrace growth by meeting both spiritual and temporal needs. We are an Orthodox Christian Church with both Eastern and Western components. As a daughter church of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, we are rooted canonically and historically in the traditions of this venerable jurisdiction. Our Mission-as mandated by Christ Himself-is to bring the Gospel “to all peoples”, regardless of ethnic, linguistic, racial or cultural background. Consequently, our Parishes and Missions reflect a rich mosaic of all peoples. In order to fulfill our responsibilities to Christ and the Gospel, a large majority of our Parishes and Missions worship in modern English. We are however, open to accepting and providing ministries in other languages to reflect specific needs in the multi-cultural milieu of Canada and North America. For information E-mail us at: bpyaroslaw@sasktel.net

WHAT WE BELIEVE The Orthodox Community of the Holy Spirit Canada UAOC – is a mission-oriented Orthodox Christian Church – is theologically traditionalist, upholding the inspiration of Scripture, the teachings of the Church Fathers, the theological determinations of the Seven Ecumenical Councils (best summarized in the unadultered Nicene Creed) and the spirit of the Holy Canons as interpreted for local usage.

What we believe is expressed through the Sacramental life of the Church in worship and prayer, reflecting the various & devout spiritual customs of the Orthodox Christian faithful we serve, following the established traditions of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

Each of our Parish Churches or Missions celebrate according to the Old Style (Julian) Calendar or New Style (Gregorian) Calendar (based on need) and we are governed according to “Subornopravnist” or “Council Ruled” model. Reflecting the fulness of the Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Orthodox faith, we have both Eastern and Western Rite ministries.

 

There have been a number of requests pertaining to who we really are. We have listed a few points of interest.

NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT On the 16th. Day of August, 2011 the Orthodox Community of the Holy Spirit Canada,UAOC, INC. was issued a CANONICAL DEGREE By Patriarch +Mose, Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine of the Ukranian Autocephalous Orthodox Church–Canonical in accepting the Canadian Church into COMMUNION with the Mother Church.

We welcome inquiries. Email to bpyaroslaw@sasktel.net or frruss@sasktel.net

THE CANONICAL EPISCOPAL LINEAGE OF HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN-ARCHBISHOP YAROSLAW MICHAEL SEREDA

The clergy of the Orthodox Community of the Holy Spirit Canada enjoy apostolic & canonical lineage from the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church through the ministry of Metropolitan-Archbishop XANDREW (Prazsky) of thrice-blessed memory(+1990), who was ordained to the episcopate by Metropolitan XHRYHORIJ (Ohijchuk) and Bishop XHENNADIJ (Skryprykevich) of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in 1969.

These two UAOC hierarchs were themselves ordained bishops in Kyiv in 1942 by bishops of the Polish Orthodox Church (in reality a church for the Ukrainian Orthodox people living within the political boundaries of Poland). The Polish Orthodox Church received its succession from Patriarch XGREGORIOS IV of Antioch and several bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church (including St. Anthony Kharphovitsky, later Metropolitan of Kyiv, and following the Russian Revolution, founding senior hierarch of the synodal Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia), who ordained Metropolitan XDIONISIJ (Valedynsky) of Warsaw, Poland, in 1913 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

It is from XDIONISIJ of thrice-blessed memory, alongside other canonical bishops, that the UAOC was given her Orthodox apostolic succession with the ordination of the new UAOC bishops in Kyiv in 1942, including XHRYHORIJ and XHENNADIJ.

His All-Holiness XGregorious IV Patriarch of Antioch and All the East in 1913 was the chief ordaining bishop of Metropolitan-Archbishop XDIONISIJ (Valedynsky) who in 1932 was the chief ordaining Bishop of Metropolitan XPOLIKARP (Sikorsky) who in 1942 was the chief ordaining Bishop of Metropolitan-Archbishop XNIKANOR (Abramoviych) who in 1942 was the chief ordaining Bishop of XHRYHORIJ (Ohijchuk), Metropolitan-Archbishop of the Patriarchal Throne of Kiev and All-Rus Ukraine in exile.

XHRYHORIJ (Ohijchuk), in 1969 was the chief ordaining Bishop of Metropolitan-Archbishop XANDREW (Prazsky), Metropolitan Archbishop Primate of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. successor in the Apostolic Lineage of Saint Peter.

XANDREW (Prazsky), in 1973 was the chief ordaining Bishop of XEMMANUEL (Silva) who in 1992 was the chief ordaining Bishop of Bishop XKEVIN (Collins) who in 1998 was the chief ordaining Bishop of Metropolitan-Archbishop XANDREI (Bazilsky-Brennan), Primate of the Orthodox Church of Canada and Metropolitan of All Canada.

XANDREI (Bazilsky-Brennan), in 1999 was the chief ordaining Bishop of XYAROSLAW Michael (Sereda) Who is Primate Metropolitan-Archbishop for the Orthodox Community of the Holy Spirit Canada UAOC Inc.

August 0729 2017– New Style 

PROTOCL # 07292017 

In the name of the +Father, and the +Son, and of the +Holy Spirit 

+CANONICAL REQUEST+ 

We, Metropolitan, Archbishop Yaroslaw, by the Grace of God and Apostolic Consecration, Primate of Canada and North America in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church of Our Lord, Jesus Christ; and being canonical successor to St. Peter the Apostle  

DO HEREBY PROCLAIM A CANONICAL REQUEST BY His Grace, Bishop Joseph DeMers 

To enter into SACRAMENTAL COMMUNION with the Orthodox Community of the Holy Spirit Canada, Canonical-under His Beatitude Metropolitan Dr. Yaroslaw Sereda DD 

His Grace Bishop Joseph DeMers will abide by the laws of the United States of America and his home State. The Canadian Jurisdiction will not interfere with the operations of the American Jurisdiction.  But, both jurisdictions will consult about matters dealing with faith and issues that may arise.  And further-more the American body will not be liable to contribute financially to the Canadian Jurisdiction. 

We, hereby also state that Bishop Joseph DeMers will abide by the By-Laws of our Jurisdiction, The Orthodox Community of the Holy Spirit Canada Inc.as chartered by our Federal and Provincial Governments. We also, the Orthodox Community of the Holy Spirit Canada Inc. will abide by the By-laws of the United States of America and His State By-Laws. And by the policies of the Patriarchal Holy Synod of the Ecumenical UAOC-Canonical which do not interfere with our Canadian Charters and The American/State charter.  . 

In faith and Testimony, We affix our signature and Seal.

Given from the Orthodox Community of the Holy Spirit Canada, Inc. on this the Twenty-Ninth, Day of July, (New Style) Two Thousand and Seventeen, and the Seventeenth  Year of our Primacy. 

By Authority of ___________________________________Primate Yaroslaw+ Sereda

CANONICAL INFORMATION

August 08-2017

PROTOCOL: 08082017

In the name of the +Father, and the +Son, and of the +Holy Spirit

+CANONICAL GRANTED+

 We, Metropolitan, Archbishop Yaroslaw, by the Grace of God and Apostolic Consecration, Primate of Canada and North America in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church of Our Lord, Jesus Christ; and being canonical successor to St. Peter the Apostle

DO HEREBY PROCLAIM A CANONICAL ACCEPTANCE

 To His Grace, Bishop Joseph DeMers

To enter into SACRAMENTAL COMMUNION with the Orthodox Community of the Holy Spirit Canada Canonical-under His Beatitude Metropolitan Dr. Yaroslaw Sereda DD

Effective August 08-2017

Bishop Joseph DeMers and his Matushka Beverly are granted all privileges as outlined by the Orthodox Community of the Holy Spirit Canada, Inc

The Orthodox Mission Parish of Bishop DeMers has  the legal framework for St. Innocent’s Orthodox Mission as it now exists.  Bishop Joseph DeMers and Matushka Beverly have been granted the privilege to be on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Jurisdiction and as members and representatives for His American Orthodox Mission Community.

We welcome them into our Orthodox Community of the Holy Spirit Canada, Inc and as members of the UAOC Ukraine, Under Patriarch Moses+ Within the Canadian Jurisdiction

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Signed By  Authority of Metropolitan DD Yaroslaw