Kiev, November 2, 2020
On Friday, October 30, Synodal Committee for the Canonization of Saints of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church met in the Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra to review materials on the lives of podvigs of a number of ascetics of the 20th century.
The session was headed by His Eminence Metropolitan John of Kherson, reports the Kherson Diocese.
The committee examined the possibility of canonizing Archbishop Evmeny (Khoropolsky) (+1967), Archimandrite Parpheny (Nevmerzhitsky) (+1991), Archimandrite Aristarkh (Sitalo) (+1918), Priest Jacob Ilichevsky (+1919), Priest Vasily Slotvinsky (+1919), Priest Theodore Statkevich (+1919), and Priest Alexander Balanutsa (+1919).
The committee sent its findings to the primate of the Ukrainian Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, and the Holy Synod for further consideration. As an autonomous Church within the Moscow Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Church has the authority to canonize its own saints.
In March, the Holy Synod canonized the Hieromartyrs Vasily Vakhnin, Joseph Chekhranov, and Theodore Romanovsky for local veneration in the Kamensk Diocese.