Donetsk Diocese declares its loyalty to canonical Ukrainian Church and primate

Despite the ongoing persecution and propaganda against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church that has only increasing since December 15’s “unification council” and the granting of a tomos of autocephaly to schismatics by Constantinople on January 6, its dioceses are remaining faithful to it. A number of them have already openly expressed their support for the Church’s canonical status as a self-governing autonomous body and for their primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, and now the Donetsk Diocese has joined them.

A clergy meeting of the Donetsk Diocese was held on Sunday at the St. Nicholas-St. Basil Monastery in the village of Nikolske under the chairmanship of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Donetsk and Mariupol.

In addition to administrative issues of internal Church life, the clergy also discussed issues of devotion to the canonical Church and its primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, with those present expressing their loyalty and devotion to Christ in His Church, according to the site of the Donetsk Diocese.


The same support for the canonical Church and Met. Onuphry has also been expressed by the Dioceses of Gorlovka, Khmelnitsky, Volyn, Dzhankoi, Mogilev-Podolsky, Uman, Ovruch, Berdyansk, Nikolaev, Nizhyn, Nova Kakhovka, Izium, Crimea, Chernigov and Novgorod-Siversk, Kirovograd, Zhytomyr, Lugansk, Mukachevo, Alexandria, Sumy, Romny, Konotop-Glukhov, Zaporozhye, Kharkov, Voznesensk, Tulchin, Rivne, Kherson, Severodonetsk, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk, Krivoy Rog, Kamenka, Zaporozhye, Poltava, Vinnitsa, and Khust, and the clergy of the Brovary Region outside Kiev and of the Tatarbunary Region in Odessa.

Of those, the Severodonetsk, Voznesensk, Tulchin, Rivne, Zhytomyr, Nizhyn, Kamenka, Konotop-Glukhov, Simferopol, Mogilev-Podolsky, and Tulchin Dioceses have reaffirmed their loyalty to the Ukrainian Church yet again following December 15’s scandalous “unification council.”