Ukrainian Church opens parishes in Brussels and Vienna

Brussels and Vienna, July 12, 2022

The new Ukrainian parish community in Brussels. Photo: The new Ukrainian parish community in Brussels. Photo:     

In the resolutions of the Council held on May 27 in Kiev, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church announced that it is actively opening parishes to serve Ukrainian refugees abroad.

In June, Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich, the Deputy Head of the UOC’s Department for External Church Relations, said that the UOC had already developed 10 parish communities abroad, with about another 10 in the works.

Most recently, Ukrainian parish communities in Brussels and Vienna held their first Liturgies.

With the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the first Divine Liturgy for the new parish community in the Belgian capital was celebrated by Archpriest Dimitri Popescu on Sunday, reports the UOC’s Information-Education Department.

The community was founded by people who were forced to leave Ukraine because of the war. Services are celebrated regularly on Saturdays and Sundays.

Meanwhile, His Grace Bishop Andrej of Austria and Switzerland celebrated the first Divine Liturgy for the Ukrainian community in Vienna, together with local Serbian clergy and the Ukrainian priest Fr. Sergei Shulga, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists.

The Ukrainian community is currently meeting in the Serbian Nativity of the Theotokos Church.

On the same day, Fr. Nikolai Danilevich visited and celebrated the Liturgy for Ukrainian refugees in Ireland.

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Afanassy7/12/2022 4:56 pm
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