New York-born Bishop for Ukrainians in France
24 Jul 2012 by Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI
has named a Ukrainian Catholic priest who was born in
Syracuse, N.Y., to be the bishop for Ukrainian Catholics
Father Borys Gudziak, 51, rector of the Ukrainian
Catholic University in Lviv, has lived and worked mainly
in Ukraine since completing his doctorate in Slavic history
at Harvard in 1992.
The Vatican announced July 21 that the pope had
named him a bishop and appointed him apostolic exarch
for Byzantine-rite Ukrainians in France. According to
Vatican statistics, he will be responsible for the pastoral
care of about 25,000 Ukrainian Catholics, who are
ministered to by 16 priests, five religious women and a
Bishop-designate Gudziak was born Nov. 24,
1960, to parents who emigrated from Ukraine. He
graduated from Syracuse University in 1980 and moved to
Rome to study at Holy Sofia College and the Pontifical
Urbanian University, earning a degree in theology. He
studied at Harvard from 1983 to 1992, and then moved to
Ukraine where he was the founding director of the
Institute of Church History and coordinator of an oral
history project to collect the stories of those who survived and maintained their faith under communist repression of the church.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1998 and
was named rector of the Lviv Theological Academy in
2000. The academy grew into the Ukrainian Catholic
University in 2002 and he was named rector.
He serves as a consultant to the Vatican
Congregation for Eastern Churches.
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