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Immediately a search began for bishops for the restored church. On October 22, 1989, at the Council of Priests and Laity in Lviv, the revival of the UAOC was proclaimed. Bishop of the Moscow Patriarchate (MP) Metropolitan Ioan Bornachuk (who on November 14, 1989, was banned from ministry by the MP Synod) headed the revived of the church.
At the beginning of 1990 about 200 Galician parishes transferred to the UAOC. Because of the growing number of communities, the leadership of the church to ordained new bishops. Since the bishops of the UAOC in emigration at that time were not able to participate, the new UAOC bishop Vasyl (Bondarchuk) was ordained by [[Metropolitan Ioan Bornachuk]], Bishop of Volyn and Rivne of the ROC Varlaam (Ilyushenko), who acted secretly from the Synod of the ROC, and Bishop of Yasnopole of the True Orthodox (Catacomb) Church Vikentiy (Chekalin). As it turned out later, the '''latter was an impostor'''. Therefore, '''all of his ordinations were repeated in 1991 with the participation of foreign bishop of UAOC,
'''In spring 1990''' five more episcopal ordinations took place: '''Andrii Abramchuk, Danylo Kovalchuk, Mykola Hroha, Roman Balaschuk, and Volodymymr Romaniuk.'''