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Bishop of Krateia Andrij (in the world Bogdan Peshko) was born on April 27, 1972 in Ukraine. In 1989 he enrolled into the first year of St. Petersburg Theological Seminary, which he graduated from in 1993. In 1994-1995 he studied at Christ the Savior Seminary (Carpatho-Russian Diocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate) in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA under the omoforion of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas (Smishko) of Amissos. In 1995-1999 he completed the full course of Kyiv Theological Academy. On December 25, 2000 the Academic Council of Kyiv Theological Academy awarded him with the “Candidate of Theology” – Master’s Degree after defense of his dissertation on a theme : “Historically-Liturgical Research of the Rites of Installations and Ordinations in the Orthodox Church”.

On April 8, 2001 he was ordained a deacon by His Eminence Archbishop Vsevolod (Maidanski) of Scopelos at St.Volodymyr’s Cathedral in Chicago. On September 29, 2003 he was promoted to a rank of protodeacon. On September 25, 2005 he was ordained to a rank of hieromonk and was promoted to a rank of ihumen by His Eminence Archbishop Vsevolod.