Andrew (Peshko) of Krateia

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Bishop Andriy (Peshko) of Krateia is an auxiliary bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. He is the presiding bishop for the Ukrainian Eparchy of Western Europe. At the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada Sobor of August 22-24, he was elected Bishop of Saskatoon, and Vicar of the Central Eparchy, of that Church. He currently resides in Winnipeg, the Metropolitan See of the UOCC.

Life

Bishop Andriy was born Bohdan Peshko on April 27, 1972 in Ukraine. He completed his secondary education in 1989, after which he entered the St. Petersburg Theological Seminary from which he graduated in 1993. During the years 1994/1995, he undertook a year of postgraduate study at Christ the Saviour Seminary in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He completed his graduate studies at the Kiev Theological Academy, receiving a Master's degree in 1999.

Bohdan then returned to the United States, where he was ordained a deacon at St. Volodymyr's Cathedral in Chicago by Archbishop Vsevolod of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, on April 8, 2001. On September 29, 2003 he was elevated to a rank of protodeacon. Dcn. Bohdan was tonsured as a monk in 2004, taking the new name of Andriy. Later that year, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Vsevolod and elevated to the rank of Hegumen.

In October 2004, the Ninth Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Diaspora nominated Fr. Andriy as bishop for Western Europe. During the Sobor, Metropolitan Constantine (Buggan) of Irinoupolis, First Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and the Diaspora, elevated Fr. Andriy to the rank of Archimandrite. On November 22, 2005 His All Holiness Bartholomew I and the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously elected him a Bishop for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Europe and the Diaspora with the title ‘Bishop of Krateia’.

Archimandrite Andriy was consecrated to the episcopacy on December 13, 2005 (the Feast-day of St. Andrew) at St. Volodymyr's Cathedral in Chicago. Concelebrating the consecration were Metropolitans Constantine of Irinoupolis and Nicholas of the American Carpatho-Rusyn Orthodox Diocese; Archbishops Vsevolod of Scopelos, Anthony of the Eastern Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, Yurij of the Eastern Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Job of the American Orthodox Diocese of Chicago and the Midwest, and Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of the Two Americas; and Metropolitan Iakovos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, who represented the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the service.

On August 23, 2008, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, at the Extraordinary Church Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Bishop Andriy, along with Bishop Ilarion (Rudnyk) (elected as bishop of Edmonton and of the Church's Western Eparchy, was elected Bishop of Saskatoon, and Vicar of the Central Eparchy. On February 1, 2011, Bp. Andriy assumed the responsibilities of Acting-Bishop of the Eastern Eparchy of the UOCC.

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Andrew (Peshko) of Krateia
Preceded by:
Gerasimos (Michaleas)
Bishop of Krateia
2005-present
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