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The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family
The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family
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Coordinates: 51°30′48″N 0°09′02″W / 51.51343°N 0.150657°W / 51.51343; -0.150657
Location London, W1
United Kingdom
Denomination Ukrainian Greek Catholic
History
Consecrated 1968
Architecture
Architect(s) Alfred Waterhouse
Style Romanesque Revival
Years built 1889–1891
Specifications
Capacity 900
Administration
Province Eparchy of the Holy Family
Clergy
Bishop(s) Kenneth Nowakowski

The Cathedral of the Holy Family, previously Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile, (Ukrainian: Українська Католицька Катедра "Пресвятої Родини") is the cathedral of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Holy Family of London. It is the seat of the nation's Ukrainian Catholic Eparchial bishop, and overlaps in jurisdiction with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster, among others.

It was originally named after the Holy Family, during their flight into Egypt. It is located at Duke Street (off Oxford Street), Mayfair, London, England. It is open for worship daily.

History

The building it occupies was designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1891 for occupation by the Congregational King's Weigh House. They sold it to the Ukrainian Catholics in 1967, to be the new headquarters of the local apostolic exarchate created in 1957 by the then Pope Pius XII. Internal adjustments were then made to adapt the building to Catholic customs.

It was closed temporarily in 2007 when part of the ceiling collapsed, but has since been refurbished. The iconostasis created by a Ukrainian monk, Juvenalij Mokrytsky, was not affected by the ceiling's collapse.

On 18 January 2013 the Exarchate was elevated to the rank of an Eparchy (full bishopric) by Pope Benedict XVI.

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