The Most Reverend PHILIP, Archbishop of Poltava and Myrhorod

The Most Reverend PHILIP, Archbishop of Poltava and Myrhorod

Chairman of the Synodal Department for Religious Education, Catechisation and Missionary Work of the UOC

In the world- Roman Albertovych Osadchenko

Born 02.07.1956.

Name Day - January 22

Consecration - 30.12.2001

Chairs Cathedra since 30.12.2001

Archbishop of Poltava and Kremenchuk Philip was born on July 2, 1956, in the city of Dnipropetrovsk in a serviceman's family. Upon graduation from secondary school he entered the biology department of the Kharkiv State University, and completed his studies in 1979.
 

On September 11, 1980 he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and on September 28 of the same year he was ordained priest by His Eminence Archbishop Chrysostom (Matrishkin, now Metropolitan of Vilnius and Lithuania) of Kursk and Belgorod, and appointed clergyman of the main Kursk Cathedral. He acted for a chancellor of the Kursk Diocesan Administration, and soon was appointed diocesan secretary.
 

1985 - secretary of the Irkutsk Diocesan Administration.
 

1986 - clergyman of the Poltava Diocese.
 

In 1988 he graduated from the Moscow Theological Seminary. Since 1990 - rector of the St. Nicholas Cathedral in the town of Komsomolsk, Kremenchuk district of the Poltava region.
 

In 1993 he was tonsure monk with the name of Philip (after the Holy Hierarch Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow) and appointed Deputy Abbot of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery of Mghar in the Poltava region, and Dean of the Kremenchuk Deanery of the Poltava Diocese.
 

In 1993 - elevated to the rank of hegumen, 1994 - to the rank of archimandrite.
 

In 1997 he was appointed rector of the Poltava Theological School (since 2007 - the Missionary Theological Seminary of Poltava).
 

In 1999 he graduated from the Kyiv Theological Academy. On December 30, 2001 he was consecrated as Bishop of Poltava and Kremenchuk.
 

On April 23, 2002 he was appointed Chairman of the newly created Synodal Department for Religious Education, Catechization and Missionary Work of the UOC.
 

On July 28, 2006 elevated to the rank of archbishop.

Activity at the Diocesan See
 

Archbishop Philip heads the Synodal Department for Religious Education, Catechization and Missionary Work of the UOC.
 

Due to Vladyka's efforts the diocesan theological school was transformed into the Missionary Theological School of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and on March 29, 2007 - into the Missionary Theological Seminary of Poltava. The Theological School was opened in 1997 with the blessing of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as a theological school of the Poltava diocese with a two-year term of study.


Full-time students of the Theological school attended the Pastoral Theological Department and the Choirmaster and Psalmist Department. In 1999 the correspondence department was opened. In 2001 the school introduced the three-year term of study.
 

By the Decree of the Holy Synod of the UOC from December 27, 2002 the Theological School of the Poltava Diocese was reorganised into the Theological Missionary School of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. In this connection the Pastoral Theological Department was transformed into the Theological Missionary department which enabled women to obtain theological education.
 

In 2006 the Department of Icon-painting was established in the Theological Missionary School of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
 

Upon the resolution of the Holy Synod of the UOC of March 29, 2007 the Theological Missionary School was reorganised into the Poltava Missionary Theological Seminary. Vladyka Philip has been Rector of the institution since the day of its foundation.
 

Throughout Archbishop Philip's tenure the monastery and parish life have undergone active renewal. The Hermitage of the Mghar (Men's) Monastery near the village of Dmitrovka was reorganized into the Sts. Anthony and Theodosius Monastery of Pototsk.
 

The invention of the Vladimir (Skete's) Icon of the Theotokos took place, which had been kept in private household and was returned to the Holy Ascension Church in Poltava.
 

With Vladyka's participation several churches were built and consecrated: a church dedicated to St. Seraphim of Sarov in Poltava (the Church was given a part of his relics), the St. Andrew Church in the urban settlement Chutovo, the Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Church in Dekaylivka village, the Holy Protection Church in Cherevki, the Myrhorod region, the Venerable Xenia in Komsomolsk, the Holy Archangel Michael in Neogarki village and many other.
 

Archbishop Philip took part in the work of the 11-15th Annual Nativity Readings in Moscow, in the constituent and subsequent congresses of the All-Ukraine Pedagogical Fellowship, in panel discussions and sessions in Kyiv, Italy, Turkey etc.
 

By the efforts of Vladyka the tradition of liturgical processions was introduced in the Poltava diocese: a liturgical procession on the Sunday closest to the city founder's commemoration day (Holy and Equal to the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir) in Lubny, a liturgical procession on the feast of Exhaltation of the Holy Cross in Karlovka, a liturgical procession from the old church to the one built in Khorol on the Holy Dormition feast (dedication day), a liturgical procession on the feast of the Baptism of Russ - in Piryatin etc.

 

Cooperation agreements are made between the diocese and main higher educational institutions of Poltava.

Awarded

- the Order of the Holy Equal to the Apostles Prince Vladimir;
 

- the medal of the Uzhgorod Ukrainian theological Academy in honour of the Holy Equal to the Apostles Cyril and Methodius;
 

- Certificates of Merit of the Poltava Regional Council and Administration.