Lviv-Sambir Eparchy of UAOC Decides to Join Kyivan Patriarchate
5 April 2013
The clergy of the Lviv-Sambir Eparchy of the Ukrainian Autocephalous
Orthodox Church (UAOC) led by Bishop Ioan (Shvets) announced that they
are leaving UAOC to join the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan
Patriarchate. The decision was made at an extraordinary eparchial
meeting on March 23, 2013, in Sambir of Lviv Oblast.
“To recognize as necessary unification of UAOC and UOC-KP in one
Ukrainian Orthodox Church. To recognize the status of affairs of UAOC as
not conducive to the development of the autocephalous Orthodox Church in
Ukraine and hindering its recognition by the Ecumenical Orthodoxy. To
recognize further stay of Lviv-Sambir Eparchy in UAOC unadvisable and
hindering the process of establishment in Ukraine of one Local Orthodox
Church,” the website Pomisna.in.ua quoted the minutes of the meeting as
The extraordinary assembly also passed a number of organizational
decisions in this regard.