Pope Francis Appoints Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy as Apostolic Administrator of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia; Accepts Resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka.
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia and appoints Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy of the same Archeparchy as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia until the appointment of the new Archeparch.
The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington on April 16, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy, now Apostolic Administrator sede vacante, was born October 1, 1975 in Lviv, Ukraine. He pursued seminary studies at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington, D.C., and was ordained a priest in December of 2001 by Archbishop Stefan Soroka at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia.
Bishop Rabiy holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy (1999) and a licentiate in Canon Law (2008) from Catholic University of America; and a Master of Divinity degree (2002), from the Dominican House of Studies, in Washington D.C.
After ordination, Rabiy held pastoral assignments at St. Michael the Archangel parish, Hillsborough, New Jersey, and at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2002-2005. Other assignments after ordination include: pastor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Reading, 2008-present; coordinator, Sexual Abuse Prevention and Youth Protection Office, 2008-2015; member, Administrative Board, Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, 2008-2017; vicar general, 2009-present; vice-chancellor, 2009-present; member, Archeparchial College of Consultors, 2009-present; member, Archeparchial Presbyteral Council, 2011-2017.
On August 8, 2017, Pope Francis named Father Andriy Rabiy as auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.
Archbishop Stefan Soroka was born on November 13, 1951 in Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, Canada. He received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work (1973) and a Masters in Social Work (1978) from the University of Manitoba. His seminary formation was undertaken at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary, Washington, D.C. At the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., he earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (1978) and a Doctorate in Social Work in 1985.
He was ordained a priest on June 13, 1982, for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg at Saints Vladimir and Olga Cathedral, Winnipeg.
Assignments after priestly ordination included: assistant priest, Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Winnipeg, 1984-1986; parish priest, Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption, Portage la Prairie, Canada, 1986-1987; parish priest, St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, Winnipeg, 1987-1995; chaplain, St. Josaphat Council, Knights of Columbus, 1986-1989; chaplain, St Anne Council, Knights of Columbus, 1987-1995; chaplain, National Executive, Ukrainian Catholic Youth of Canada, 1989-1992; vocations director, Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, 1985-2000; state chaplain, Knights of Columbus, Manitoba State Council, 1989-1992; judge, Archeparchial Marriage Tribunal, 1984-1993; vice-chancellor, Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, 1985-1994; chancellor, Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, 1994-1996; econom, Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, 1994-1998.
On March 29, 1996 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg and was ordained to the episcopate on June 13, 1996. He then also served as: chairman, Asset Protection Group Insurance Corporation for Western and Northern Canada Dioceses/Eparchies, 1998-2000; chaplain, Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada, 1998-2000; and editor, Progress Ukrainian Catholic News, 1996-2000.
On November 29, 2000 he was appointed Metropolitan-Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and was installed on February 29, 2001.
At the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he served as: member of the Committee for Aid to Home Missions, 2010-present; member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, 2001-present; member of the Committee on Relations between Eastern and Latin Catholic Churches, November 2003-2010; member of Task Force on Content and Flow of General Meeting, June 2003; and member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse, 2002-2009.
The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia includes the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and parts of eastern Pennsylvania. It has a total Catholic population of 12,846.
Зміни у Філадельфійській архиєпархії УГКЦ у США
Владика Андрій (Рабій) народився 1 жовтня 1975 року у Львові (Україна). Переїхавши до США, дуже добре пристосувався до місцевих умов. Священицьку освіту отримав в українській семінарії святого Йосафата у Вашингтоні. У 1999 році отримав ступінь бакалавра з філософії в Католицькому університеті Америки, 2002 року – ступінь магістра богослов’я в Домініканському богословському інституті у Вашингтоні, а 2008 року – ліцензіат з канонічного права в Католицькому університеті Америки.
Дияконські свячення отримав 15 листопада 1998 року, а ієрейські 19 грудня 2001 року.
8 серпня 2017 року Папа Франциск призначив його Єпископом-помічником Філядельфійської архиєпархії, надаючи йому титулярний осідок Германіціяни (Germaniciana).
Єпископська хіротонія відбулася 3 вересня 2017 року в архикатедральному соборі Святого Юра в Львові. Головним святителем був Глава УГКЦ Блаженніший Святослав, а співсвятителями Митрополит Філядельфійський Стефан (Сорока) та єпископ Едмонтонської єпархії в Канаді Давид (Мотюк).
Resignation of bishop of the archieparchy of Philadelphia of the Ukrainians, U.S.A., and appointment of apostolic administrator of the same archieparchy
The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the archieparchy of Philadelphia of the Ukrainians, United States of America, presented by H.E. Msgr. Stefan Soroka.
The Pope has appointed as apostolic administrator sede vacante of the archieparchy of Philadelphia of the Ukrainians, United States of America, H.E. Msgr. Andriy Rabiy, titular bishop of Germaniciana, auxiliary of the same archieparchy.
H.E. Msgr. Andriy Rabiy
H.E. Msgr. Andriy Rabiy was born in Lviv in Ukraine on 1 October 1975. He moved to the United States, were he adapted very well. He received his priestly formation at the Saint Josaphat Ukrainian Seminary in Washington. In 1999 he obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America; in 2002 a master’s degree in theology at the Theological Studentate of the Dominican Fathers in Washington; and in 2008, a licentiate in canon law at the Catholic University of America.
He was ordained a deacon on 15 November 1998 and a priest on 19 December 2001. He was appointed as titular bishop of Germaniciana and auxiliary of the archieparchy of Philadelphia of the Ukrainians on 8 August 2017 and consecrated on 3 September 2017.