PAST HISTORY - UP TO THE 15TH DECEMBER 2018 & CURRENT
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Australia of the Kyivan Patriarchate was an integral part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Kyivan Patriarchate under the protection (omophor) of His Holiness Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Filaret. Parishes exist in Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide & Brisbane. The Supreme Authority of the Church is the Holy Synod, with its permanent President the Metropolitan of Kyiv himself.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyivan Patriarchate up to the 15/12/2018 was The Pomisna (National/Autocephalous) Orthodox Church of Ukraine. It served the spiritual needs of all Orthodox christians throughout the world. It is now been absorbed into the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine with the new First Hierarch Metropolitan Epiphanios of Kyiv and All Ukraine (formerly Patriarchal Vicar-Metropolitan of Pereyeslav) elected on the united sobor of bishops 15/12/2018.
At this time The Ukrainian Orthodox Church - has approximately over 6000 parishes in Ukraine alone and over 30 Eparchies in the various regions of Ukraine. It also has parishes throughout Europe (Germany, Greece, Italy, France, Moldova etc.) the USA, Canada & Australia.
The Orthodox Church of Ukraine 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 Orthodox Church of Ukraine has the support of over 30 million faithful in Ukraine. (In comparison The Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine has the support of approximately 5 million faithful in Ukraine) In recent public news polls in Kyiv showed that over 77% of those asked were supporters of The Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyivan Patriarchate now absorbed into The Orthodox Church of Ukraine and only 8% aligned themselves with The Moscow Patriarchate.
On the 11th October 2018, after a petition by the Kyiv Patriarchate and the UAOC forwarded by the President on behalf of the Parliament of Ukraine in April 2018 to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople uplifted the unjust anathema & excommunication/defrockment of Patriarch Philaret and Metropolitan Makarius, restoring them as canonical Hierarchs along with all the clergy and flock of both churches.
With the united bishops of the Kyiv Patriarchate and the UAOC and two bishops of the MP the United Sobor of bishops took place in the Historical Cathedral of St Sophia in Kyiv chaired by his Eminence Emmanuel of France (Ecumenical Patriarchate) on Saturday 15th December 2018. There with the Grace of the Holy Spirit, Metropolitan Epiphanios of the KP, was elected as the first new canonical Hierarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
On the 6th January 2019 (Theophany with the New Calendar), the Ecumenical Patriarchate handed the Tomos of Autocephaly to his Beatitude Epiphanios of Kyiv and all Ukraine in a joint Festive co-celebrative Historical Divine Liturgy.
The official Enthronement of His Beatitude Epiphanios of Kyiv & all Ukraine took place on the 3rd February 2019 at the Historical Cathedral of St Sofia in Kyiv.