Archbishop Vsevolod of Skopelos (1927 - 2007)
It is with a profound depth of sadness that we hereby inform you of the repose, this evening of 16 December 2007 in the 80th year of his earthly pilgrimage, of His Eminence Archbishop Vsevolod, Eparch of the Western Eparchy of our Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Titular Hierarch of Skopelos of the Holy Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
- The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
This beloved bishop - among this blogger's favourite - was a true ecumenist and bridge builder. As his brother bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America have written:
"Archbishop Vsevolod is well known amongst the world’s ecumenical leaders and in particular the on-going dialogue between the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches. He has represented our Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in all his ecumenical activities, in particular over the past ten years in repeated attempts to bring about ecclesiastical unity in his native Ukraine."
Ecclesiastical unity in Ukraine... may his efforts see fruition soon.
We'll miss you, Владыко Vsevolod.