Very Reverend Bohdan Zhoba
Father Bohdan Zhoba was born May 24, 1976, in the town of Obertyn, Ukraine. After graduating high school in 1993, Father Bohdan entered Volyn Orthodox Seminary. He was ordained a Deacon and Priest in 1995 on the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas. Father Bohdan continued his studies at the Kyiv Orthodox Academy where he obtained a Master's Degree in Theology. He became an Honorary Chaplain in Sumy, Ukraine, in 2001 and then Dean of Christ Is Risen Cathedral in Sumy, Ukraine in December 2003.
In January 2004, Father Bohdan emigrated to the United States. His first American parish was Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyivan Patriarchate, in North Royalton, Ohio, where he was Rector. At the same time, he served as Patriarch Philaret's Secretary, Vicariate, Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada. During this time he was also Dean of the Ohio, Michigan and Indiana Deanery.
Father Bohdan left Ohio in 2011 to serve at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Kyivan Patriarchate, in Cooper City, Florida.
In December 2016, Father Bohdan became Officiating Priest at St. Nicholas Stavropigia Eastern Orthodox Church in Philadelphia. He was officially proclaimed permanent Rector by Patriarch Philaret on June 27, 2017.
Since arriving at St. Nicholas Church in 2016, Father Bohdan has officiated at many of life's memorable events: baptisms, marriages, birthdays and other joyous occasions, and he has comforted his parishioners in times of bereavement.
2018 was a momentous year for Father Bohdan. He became a citizen of the United States on December 17, 2018. He also inspired the development of a charitable foundation, Theological Institute Philadelphia ("TIP"), dedicated to educating, enlightening and engaging society in the pan-Orthodox faith and theology. He is currently TIP's Executive Director.
Most recently, on February 2, 2021, Patriarch Philaret decreed the immediate appointment of Father Bohdan as the new Secretary of the Vicariate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyivan Patriarchate, in the USA and Canada. Father Bohdan will remain Rector and Pastor of St. Nicholas Church while serving as Secretary of the Vicariate.
VICARIATE OF THE UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH KYIVAN PATRIARCHATE