Lessons from the Past to Heal the Future: A Perspective on healing Ukraine post-war
Chicago, IL 60603
Borys GudziakArcheparchy of Philadelphia; Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the USA
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As a Church historian, Metropolitan Borys Gudziak has dedicated his vocation to transcribing and articulating the experience of the underground Church in Ukraine during the 20th century. These lessons of perseverance and adherence to the gospel—embodying the cross, death and resurrection—form the foundation of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, where Metropolitan Borys was at the beginnings of its re-birth and now serves as its president.
At this luncheon, hear Metropolitan Gudziak draw deep from these hard-earned lessons from the past to discuss strategies for healing the wounds in the body of Christ in post-war Ukraine.
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.