The Pillar, Anatolii Babynski : Archbishop Ihor Isichenko is an unusual bishop. He is a formidable intellectual and serious literary scholar. He has been a leader among Ukrainian Orthodox believers for more than two decades. And seven years ago, he began a path that led his Orthodox diocese into full communion with the Catholic Church, even amid schisms and fractures among Ukrainian Orthodox believers, and during a war that has changed life dramatically in his country.
Archbishop Isichenko came into full communion with the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church earlier this year; parishes of the diocese he once led are now part of the Ukrainian Catholic Exarchate of Kharkiv and the Archeparchy of Kyiv. With the status of an emeritus archbishop, Isichenko will now lead a branch of the Ukrainian Catholic University. Read more here.