METROPOLITAN JOHN (STINKA) OF WINNIPEG AND CANADA
Archbishop of Winnipeg and Metropolitan of Canada (2005-)
Archbishop of Edmonston and the Western Diocese (1990-2005)
Bishop of Edmonston and the Western Diocese (1985-1990)
Bishop of Saskatoon (1983-1985)
Date of Elevation to Archbishop:
Date of Consecration:
November 27, 1983
Date of Ordination to the Priesthood:
August 25, 1974
Date of Ordination to the Diaconate:
August 18, 1973
Date of Birth:
January 14, 1935
His Eminence Metropolitan John of Winnipeg (in the world Ivan Stinka), the youngest of twelve children was born to Nikolaj and Annie (Spizawka) Stinka on January 14, 1935 in Buchanan, Saskatchewan. He received his primary schooling in Dobranovetz, SK, and his secondary education in Yorkton, SK. After receiving his teaching certificate, he taught at the Hryhoriw Elementary School near Preeceville, SK. After this he worked for ten years in Saskatoon, SK. Here he was actively involved in the Ukrainian Orthodox community, where he sang in the Cathedral Choir and was a member of CYMK.
In the fall of 1969 he enrolled in theological studies at St. Andrew's College in Winnipeg, which he successfully completed in 1972. Upon receiving his Licentiate in Theology, he continued his studies at the University of Manitoba. On August 18th, 1973 he was ordained into the Holy Diaconate at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Saskatoon by Archbishop Boris. On the 25th of August 1974 in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Transfiguration in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Archbishop Boris ordained Deacon John Stinka into the Holy Priesthood. Father John Stinka's first pastorate was the parish in Moose Jaw, SK, which he was assigned immediately after ordination. During his time in Moose Jaw, Father John continued with his studies and in 1976 convocated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
In August of 1978 Fr. John was transferred to the parish in Kamsack, SK. Throughout his pastorship, Father John was actively involved in Ukrainian community life. For his pastoral work, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada (UOCC) bestowed upon him the honours—Nabedrenyk in 1977 and Scufia in 1980.
At the Extraordinary Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, on November 27th, 1983 at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Father John was consecrated as Bishop of Saskatoon and Vicar of the Central Diocese, His Eminence Metropolitan Andrew, Archbishop Boris of Edmonton, and Archbishop Wasyly of Toronto fulfilled the act of consecration. In 1985 at the 17th Sobor of the UOCC, Bishop John was appointed as Bishop of Edmonton and the Western Diocese of the UOCC. In 1990 at the 18th Sobor of the UOCC Metropolitan Wasyly elevated him to the rank of Archbishop.
By decision of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumencal Patriarchate the “Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada” was accepted in April 1990 under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
After the death of Metropolitan Wasyly Fedak, during the 21st Sobor of the UOCC, which was held in July of 2005 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Archbishop John was elected as the Archbishop of Winnipeg and Metropolitan of Canada for the Ukranian Orthodox Parishes in Canada. This election was canonically confirmed by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumencal Patriarchate, during its meeting on November 22nd 2005 and under the presidency of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
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