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Although he was born in Lachine, Quebec (just outside Montreal), in 1963 the Kalistchuk family moved to Hamilton, Ontario, where the family became members of St. [[Vladimir of Kiev|Vladimir]]'s Ukrainian Orthodox [[Cathedral]]. The young George attended Ukrainian School, was involved in Ukrainian Dance, the Cathedral Choir (which he later
became choir conductor of in in 1981-1982), and the Ukrainian Youth Organization (CYMK).
In 1970 he entered [[St. Andrew's College (Winnipeg, Manitoba)|St. Andrew's College]] (the UOCC's [[Seminary]]), and during his 3 year stay at the college he obtained many awards for his academic, musical, and
atheletic activities at the University of Manitoba. From 1971-1973 he as assistant conductor under Archbishop Boris (Yakovkevych) and later Pavlo Macenko for the Theology Student Choir. In 1973, George recieved his Licentiate in Theology (L.Th.) (which was later replaced by a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.)). Starting in 1975, George studied music at McMaster University, graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music in History and Theory.
In 1984 he completed a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Toronto and recieved an Ontario's Teacher's Certificate. During 1983-1984 he was Dean of Men at St. Vladimir's Institute in Toronto.
In Hamilton, Ontario, on July 17, 1988 he was ordained a [[priest]], and was assigned a priest at [[Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral (Winnipeg, Manitioba)|Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral]] in Winnipeg. At the Special SOBOR (church council) in 1989 he was elected [[bishop]], and later ordained on October 22, 1989 in Winnipeg by [[Wasyly (Fedak) of Winnipeg|Metropolitan Wasyly]] and [[John (Stinka) of Winnipeg|Bishop John (Stinka)]]. In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on December 17, 1989 he was installed as bishop of Saskatoon. In 1995 he officially became the bishop of Toronto, and in 2001 he was elevated to [[Archbishop]].