Venerable Roman Oleksandr Maria Sheptyts’kyi

photograph of Archbishop Andrzej Szeptycki; taken in Rome, Italy, 1921, photographer unknown; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Father Andrei
  • Andrei Sheptyts’kyi
  • Andrij Aleksander Sheptytsky
  • Andrij Aleksander Szeptycki
  • Andriy Sheptytsky
  • Andrzej Szeptycki
  • Roman Oleksandr Maria Sheptyts’kyi


Born to the aristocracy, he spent a life in religion, poverty and service to his flock. Educated in Krakow, Poland. Soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, but was forced to leave for health reasons. Received a doctorate in civil law in 1888. Member of the Basilian Order of Saint Josaphat, professed on 13 August 1889. Priest, ordained on 28 August 1892. Received a doctorate in theology in 1894. Rector of the monastery of Saint Onuphrius in Lviv in 1896. Eparch of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine on 19 June 1899. Archeparch of Lviv, Ukraine on 31 October 1900. Metropolitan of Halyc and thus the major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Patron of artists, worked for peace among ethnic groups in his see, was a leader in ecumenism, and led his flock through two world wars and seven different political regimes.




Additional Information


Arguably, Metropolitan Andriy Sheptytsky was the most influential figure… in the entire history of the Ukrainian Church in the twentieth century. – church historian Jaroslav Pelikan

MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Roman Oleksandr Maria Sheptyts’kyi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 August 2015. Web. 2 June 2020. <>