The Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyivan Patriarchate is a direct descendant of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of 1921 under Metroplitan Vasyl Lypkiwskyj. The Ukrainian Orthodox faithful in the United States and Canada were all part of this church and were sent hierarchs from Ukraine to serve the faithful. The first of which was His Beatitude Metropolitan John Theodorovich. The UAOC was persecuted in Ukraine and thousands of Bishops and priests were executed at the hands of the Bolshevik regime.
In an unfortunate event, illegal by the statutes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in The USA, after the death of Ukraine's first Patriarch, His Holiness Patriarch Mstyslav, the hierarchy of The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA renounced their autocephaly and left The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in 1994. These hierarchs joined The Ecumenical Patriarchate as Titular Bishops of the throne and left The Ukrainian Orthodox Church with its historical center in Kyiv, Ukraine.
It was at this time that many Ukrainian Orthodox faithful decided to stay with the mother church and honor their ancestors wishes and the wishes of our martyred clergy who were executed for their faith. The Vicariate of The Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyivan Patriarchate in The USA and Canada, calls on all of its children in North America to honor the wishes of Patriarchs Mstyslav and Volodymyr and not succumb to foreign rule but rather unite with The Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyivan Patriarchate.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyivan Patriarchate is The Pomisna Orthodox Church of Ukraine. It serves the spiritual needs of all Orthodox christians throughout the world.
At this time The Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyivan Patriarchate has approximately 40 hierarchs, over 4000 parishes in Ukraine alone and 29 Eparchies in the various regions of Ukraine. It also has parishes throughout Europe (Germany, Greece, Moldova etc.) and The Vicariate of The USA and Canada.
The Patriarchate has functioning educational centers such as The Kyiv and Lviv Theological Academies, seminaries in Lutsk and Rivne, a Theological Institute in Ivano-Frankivsk, and an accredited Philosophical and Theological curriculum at The National University of Chernivtsi.
The Patriarchate has the support of over 10 million faithful in Ukraine. (In comparison The Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine has the support of approximately 5 million faithful in Ukraine) In December of 2006 in the Capital Of Ukraine Kyiv, a public news poll found 52% of those asked were supporters of The Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyivan Patriarchate and only 8% aligned themselves with The Moscow Patriarchate.