The Holy Father erected the new Eparchy of Olsztyn-Gdańsk (Poland) of the Byzantine-Ukrainian rite, with the territory dismembered from the Archieparchy of Przemyśl-Warszawa and from the Eparchy of Wrocław-Gdańsk and appointed Reverend Arkadiusz Trochanowski, of the clergy of the Eparchy of Wrocław-Gdańsk. Until the Bishop takes possession, the Eparchy of Olsztyn-Gdańsk will be governed by Metropolitan SER Eugeniusz Mirosław Popowicz as Apostolic Administrator.
The Holy Father changed the name of the Eparchy of Wrocław-Gdańsk to Wrocław-Koszalin and made the new Eparchy of Olsztyn-Gdańsk a suffragan of the Archieparchy of Przemyśl-Warszawa.
HE Archbishop Arkadiusz Trochanowski was born on 6 January 1973 in Szprotawa, a town near Zielona Góra belonging to the Eparchy of Wrocław-Gdańsk. He comes from a family with an ancient Ukrainian Greek-Catholic tradition actively involved in the parish.
After completing his high school studies, he began his philosophical-theological training at the Major Seminary of Lublin and was ordained a priest on 29 July 2000 in Wrocław, incardinating in the homonymous Eparchy.
He then worked as Parish Vicar in Wrocław and Środa Śląska, Oława and Oleśnica, meanwhile continuing his specialist studies in Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Wrocław. In 2012 he received his Doctorate in Theology.
From 2001 to 2016 he was parish priest in Szczecinek, while up to now he was parish priest of Wałcz, also following the Greek-Catholic community of Pila.
Since 2006 he has been a member of the College of Consultors, of the Presbyteral Council and of the Eparchial Pastoral Council.
Since 2010 he has been Dean of Koszalin and since 2014 co-director of the Greek-Catholic monthly Blahowist . Since 2015 he has been Director of the Eparchial Office for Youth Ministry and since 2017 Eparchial Delegate for the protection of minors.
The new Eparchy of Olsztyn-Gdańsk covers an area of 90,075 km2 and has a total population of 5,991,158 inhabitants. The territory corresponds to that of the Latin Dioceses of Gdańsk, Pelplin, Elblag, Toruń, Płock, Warmia, Elk, Łomża, Białystok and Drohiczyn.
The seat of the Eparchy is fixed in Olsztyn, establishing as the cathedral the church of the Patronage of the Most Holy Theotókos in Olsztyn.
The circumscription includes 43 parishes and chaplaincies, entrusted to 26 priests, including 4 Fathers of the Order of St. Basil the Great.