Ash Wednesday Reflection with Archbishop Borys Gudziak

Feb 22, 2023
5554 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Borys GudziakArcheparchy of Philadelphia; Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the USA


Registration required. Open only to current students at the Univesity of Chicago. Registration is capped at 20. This event will be held at the Lumen Christi Woodlawn Residence for Graduate Students. 

Join us for a special evening program for students with Metropolitan Borys Gudziak.

Metropolitan Borys is the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States. He is most known his work with the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. After his PhD at Harvard University, he moved to post-Soviet Ukraine in the 1990’s and helped found--and then lead--the only Catholic University between Poland and Japan. He is currently the chair for the USCCB committee on domestic justice and human development.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m., just after a 5 p.m. Mass at Calvert House, followed by a simple soup supper. Metropolitan Borys will offer some informal remarks and take questions. This is an excellent opportunity to speak with an intelligent, international church leader in an intimate setting. Talk to him about best spiritual practices during Lent, the war in Ukraine, or his favorite gelato flavor in Rome. He will have incisive opinions about all of the above and more. This will be a great way to start this penitential season.



6:00 PM | Gathering

6:30 PM | Simple Soup Supper

7:00 PM | Reflection by Metropolitan Gudziak


The Most Rev. Borys Gudziak (Ph.D. Harvard University, S.E.O.L Pontifical Oriental Institute) is Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. He also is currently chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Metropolitan Gudziak also serves as a member of the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and as a head of the Department of External Church Relations. Before being appointed to the Archeparchy of Philadelphia, he served as bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, and Switzerland. He has spoken and written widely concerning theology, education, and political, cultural, and religious affairs. He is author of Crisis and Reform: The Kyivan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest (Harvard University Press, 1998), as well as numerous articles in European and North American academic journals. Metropolitan Gudziak has played an integral role in reviving the Ukrainian Catholic Church following the collapse of the Soviet Union, including helping to re-establish the Ukrainian Catholic University, eventually serving as its rector from 2002-2013, and as its President starting in 2013. He is the recipient of the Antonovych Prize (2006), the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski Award (2016), and the Notre Dame Award, presented by the University of Notre Dame (2019). In 2022 he received an honorary doctorate from Notre Dame and served as its commencement speaker. He was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honor in 2015.