Kiev, September 26, 2018
Two new monasteries have been established in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, by decision of the Holy Synod, which met yesterday at the Kiev Caves Lavra under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine.
The two monasteries are the Theotokos Convent of the Poltava Diocese in the village of Gorbanovka in the Poltava Province, and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery for men in the Voznesensk Diocese on the site of the Church of St. Alexander Nevsky in the city of Domanevka in the Nikolaevsk Province. Archimandrite Anthony (Sergeevich) was confirmed as the abbot of the new Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
At the same session yesterday, the Holy Synod also demanded that the Ecumenical Patriarchate cease interfering in its internal affairs on its canonical territory, and urged the Ukrainian parliament to not pass three bills that are largely aimed against the canonical Ukrainian Church and which would further divide the country.
The Holy Synod also established four new monasteries at its December 2017 session: Specifically, the Convent of St. Grand Duchess Elizabeth the New Martyr was established in the village of Zazimya in the Kiev Province (Boryspil Diocese).
The men’s Monastery of the Holy Spirit was established in the town of Krasnopillia in the Dnepropetrovsk Diocese, to be headed by Archimandrite Jerome (Ermolenko).
On the place of the Holy Protection Skete of the St. Sergius Convent in the city of Lyman of the Donetsk Province, the Holy Protection Convent Monastery of the Gorlovka Diocese was established. Nun Joanna (Fedorova) has been appointed abbess.
A convent was also founded on the place of the Skete of St. Ksenia of St. Petersburg of the Holy Ascension-Banchensky Monastery in the village of Molnytsia in the Chernovets Province. The abbess of the St. Ksenia Monastery of the Chernovets- Bukovina Diocese will be Nun Theodora (Ignat).
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church currently has about 5,000 monastics laboring in nearly 220 monasteries.
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