From the Eastern Churches, 19.09.2022
Election of auxiliary bishop of the archepiscopal exarchate of Donetsk
The Holy Father has given his assent to the election by the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church of the Reverend Maksim Ryabukha, S.D.B., as auxiliary bishop of the archepiscopal exarchate of Donetsk, assigning him the titular see of Stefaniacum.
The Reverend Maksim Ryabukha was born on 18 May 1980 in Lviv. In 1998 he entered the Society of Saint Francis de Sales, and after his initial formation he completed his studies in philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Salesian University. In addition, he also trained in human resources management at the Interregional Academy, besides obtaining a master’s degree in school administration from the Lviv Polytechnic and a master’s degree in social pedagogy from the National University of Transcarpathia.
He was ordained a priest on 4 August 2007.
He has held a number of offices, including director of the school of catechetics of the parish of Pokrov of the Holy Mother of God in Lviv, head of the Oratory of the Salesian Community in Vynnyky, director of the Community in Dnipro, administrator of the parish of Saint John Chrysostom in Kiev, head of university pastoral ministry of the archeparchy of Kiev, local collaborator at the apostolic nunciature in Ukraine, lecturer in pedagogy at the Greek-Catholic major seminary in Kiev, and vicar of the Superior of the Ukrainian vice-province of the Salesians.