Welcome to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Mary’s Protectress in Phoenix, Arizona. We represent a branch of the Eastern Orthodox faith which is a continuation of the First Century Church. St. Mary’s Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church belongs to The Vicariate of The Orthodox Church of Ukraine in the USA and Canada which is under the authority of His Beatitude Epiphanius, Metropolitan of Kyiv, and All Ukraine.
As the mother church to all the Slavic nations, The Ukrainian Orthodox Church stands as a testament that no political force or policy of atheism could break the soul of the God-fearing and devout Ukrainian people. After years of Soviet persecution, Ukrainians have a free and democratic country and a free and independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church under His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphanius. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Ukraine has over 15 million believers worldwide and is the third-largest Orthodox Church in the world.