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Dymytrii (Yarema) of Kyiv

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By 1990, with the Soviet Union falling apart, the Rev. Yarema initiated and was a participant in the first All-Ukrainian Sobor of the UAOC, held in Kiev in 1990, which elected Metropolitan Mstyslav as the first patriarch of Ukraine. In 1993 he took his monastic vows and then was ordained bishop of Pereyaslovskiy and Sichevskiy. On the II Council of this Church in 1993 he was voted Patriarch of Kyiv and all Rus’-Ukraine. In late 1998 the aging Patriarch Dymytriy, his health weakening and the day-to-day management of the Church and he determined that the future of the Church would be strengthen if it would turn once again to the Ukrainian diaspora, which had maintained the UAOC during nearly 70 years of Communist rule in Ukraine.
The choice Patriarch Dymytriy made in his last will and testament to request that the UAOC hierarchy agree to allow Metropolitan Constantine to guide it - which, if carried out, would effectively unite the two Churches - was a calculated move to save the UAOC from further incursions from the larger Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kiev Patriarchate, and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). Patriarch Dymytriy (Yarema) was successor to Patriarch Mstyslav (Skrypnyk) from 1993 to 2000 and was succeeded by Metropolitan Mefodiy (Kudryakov) in the [[w:Ukranian Autocephalous Orthodox Church|Ukranian Autocephalous Orthodox Church]].
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