His Excellency Metropolitan Constantine of Irinoupolis
PRIMATE OF THE UKRANIAN ORTHODOX PARISHES IN THE DIASPORA
His Excellency Metropolitan Constantine of Irinoupolis, (in the world Theodor Buggan) was born to Stanley and Catherine in Pittsburgh on July 29, 1936. After the secondary school he studied at the Theological College of Saint Andrew in Winnipeg, Canada, of which he graduated in 1959. He continued his theological studies at the Saint Vladimirs Theological Institute and at the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he obtained the title of doctor in philosophy. He was ordained to the diaconate on April 23, 1967 by Metropolitan Mstuslav (Skrypnyk) in South Bound Brook, New Jersey. The same year (July 23) he was ordained to the priesthood by Metropolitan John (Theodorovich) in Pittsburgh. He served in the Cathedral of Saint Vladimir in Chicago, Illinois, and later in the Saint Nicholas Churhc in New York. On December 18, 1971 he was tonsured monk and received the name 'Constantine'. After his election he was consecrated bishop on May 7, 1972 for the Ukranian Orthodox Parishes in the USA and the Diaspora.
The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumencal Patriarchate during its meeting on March 12 1995 under the presidency of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, examined the appeal of His Excellency Constantine Buggan and his fellow ukranian bishops to the Ecumenical Patriarch and unanimously decided to accept them under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Thereafter the Holy and Sacred Synod proceeded to elect His Excellency Constantine titular hierarch with the title of Metropolitan of Irinoupolis, to serve the pastoral needs of the Ukranian Orthodox living in the USA.
Metropolitan Constantine of Irinoupolis was the primate of the Ukranian Orthodox Parishes in the USA and the other parts of the diapsora (exept of Canada).
He died on May 21, 2012.