Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 16, 2018 / 08:56 am
Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation for medical reasons of Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Bishop Andriy Rabiy, an auxiliary bishop of the archeparchy, was appointed apostolic administrator.
In an April 16 statement, Archbishop Soroka, 66, said his resignation was accepted "for medical reasons" and expressed his gratitude for "the many challenges and blessings" of the past 17 years as archbishop.
"Success in responding to the varying needs of the Archeparchy and its parishes was achieved with the positive and hopeful participation of clergy, religious and laity enabled by the Grace of God," he said.
He noted that some highlights from his years of leadership were parish liturgical celebrations, visits, pilgrimages, and festivals. He also said that he "was inspired by the dedication of the clergy, religious and faithful and their love for their Church."