Borys Gudziak

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Most Reverend Metropolitan-Archbishop

Borys Gudziak
Archeparch of Philadelphia
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ChurchUkrainian Greek Catholic Church
AppointedFebruary 18, 2019
InstalledJune 4, 2019
PredecessorStefan Soroka
Ordination26 November 1998 (Priest)
by Sofron Stefan Mudry
Consecration26 August 2012 (Bishop)
by Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk
Personal details
Birth nameBorys Andrij Gudziak
Born (1960-11-24) 24 November 1960 (age 61)
Syracuse, New York, United States
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Spoken styleHis Grace
Religious styleArcheparch

Borys Gudziak (born 24 November 1960) is the current Archeparch of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

On February 18, 2019, the Vatican Information Service announced that the Pope Francis has appointed Borys Gudziak as Archeparch of Philadelphia for Ukrainians and Metropolitan for the Ukrainian Catholic Church in USA and thus concurring with the recommendation of the appointment offered by the Synod of Ukrainian Catholic Bishops, which met in September 2018 in Lviv, Ukraine. He was installed on June 4, 2019.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Gudziak was born in Syracuse, New York US. His parents, both Ukrainian Greek Catholics, had come to New York from western Ukraine in the early 1950s[verification needed]. After completing his pre-university studies at Christian Brothers Academy, he graduated from Syracuse University, obtaining a dual degree in philosophy and biology in 1980. He entered the College of Saint Sophia in Rome where, as a student of the Lviv Archeparchy under Cardinal Josyf Slipyj, he attended the Pontifical Urban University. In 1983 he graduated in theology and began doctoral studies in an interdepartmental program of Slavic and Byzantine Cultural History at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1992.[4] His thesis, Crisis and Reform: The Kievan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest, was published by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute in 1998.[5]

From October 1994 until July 1995 he attended the Pontifical Oriental Institute, examining in particular the synthesis of neopatristic Orthodox theologian Georges Florovsky.


In 1992, he moved permanently to Lviv, where he founded the Institute of Church History (ISC), becoming its director until October 2002. In 1993 he was appointed chairman of the Commission for the Renewal of the Lviv Theological Academy by Archbishop Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky. From 1995 until 2000 he served as vice rector of the Lviv Theological Academy, then as rector from 2000 to 2002. In that year, Gudziak became rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University (founded on the basis of the academy), and later its president.

He was ordained on 26 November 1998 in the Cathedral of St. George in Lviv by Bishop Sofron (Mudry) and incardinated in the Major Archeparchy of Lviv of the Ukrainians. He is the author of over 50 studies on the history of the Church, theological training and on different topics of cultural relevance.


On 21 July 2012 it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Michel Hrynchyshyn from the pastoral Apostolic Exarchate for Ukrainians of the Byzantine rite in France,[6] and appointed Borys Gudziak apostolic exarch for the Ukrainian faithful of the Byzantine rite in France, at the same time appointing him Titular Bishop of Carcabia. He was ordained a bishop on 26 August 2012 and installed in a Divine Liturgy on 2 December 2012.

On January 19, 2013, Benedict XVI elevated the Apostolic Exarchate of France, Benelux and Switzerland for the Ukrainians to the status of a full apostolic eparchy (the equivalent of a diocese), and named it after Saint Vladimir. Gudziak, though already an ordained bishop, is now an eparch (the ordinary, or head, of a fully established Eastern diocese), instead of exarch. He ceased to be a titular bishop since he is now a full eparch.[7]

Gudziak is the 49th member of the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Besides France, the eparchy also includes Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, and Switzerland.[8]

In May 2018, Gudziak received an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree during the 164th commencement of Syracuse University.[9][10]

On June 4, 2019, Metropolitan Archbishop Gudziak was enthroned as the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, PA.

Pope Francis named him a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches on August 6, 2019.[11]

Scientific, editorial, teaching and administrative activities[edit]

Author and editor of books and articles on church-historical, spiritual, theological topics in different languages, as well as texts on modern church life, development and reform of higher education, spirituality of architecture and other relevant issues of public, social, cultural and political life.[12]The greatest work is "The Kyiv Metropolis, the Constantinople Patriarchate and the Genesis of the Brest Union."

Co-founder and co-editor of the collection of articles on church history "The Ark" (1993). Member of the Editorial Board of the magazine «Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies» Ottawa, Canada (1994). Member of the Scientific Council of the journal «Oecumanica Civitas Rivista del Centro di documentazione del Movimento Ecumenico Italiano" in Livorno, Italia (2001). Scientific editor of the translation of John Paul II's book "Memory and Identity" (2005).

In 1995-2001 - coordinator of the Ukrainian group of the international project "Aufbruck": a comparative study of the consequences of totalitarianism for the Catholic Church in ten countries of Central and Eastern Europe.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Philadelphia Ukrainian Catholics welcome new metropolitan archbishop".
  2. ^ "Pope Francis Names Bishop Boris Gudziak as Archbishop of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Pope Francis Appoints Most Rev. Borys Gudziak as new Metropolitan-Archbishop of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-08-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Gudziak, B.A. (1992). Crisis and Reform: The Kievan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest. Harvard University. ISBN 9780916458928. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  6. ^ "RINUNCE E NOMINE". Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  7. ^ " - Translator". Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  8. ^ "Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University nominated Apostolic exarch for Ukrainians in France | Ukrainian Catholic University". Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  9. ^ "All the Details on Commencement 2018". SU News. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  10. ^ "Three to Receive Honorary Degrees at 2018 Commencement". SU News. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  11. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 06.07.2019" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "Владика Борис (Ґудзяк)". УКУ (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2021-04-16.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Archeparch of Philadelphia
4 June 2019–present
Preceded by Eparch of Saint Vladimir the Great of Paris
21 July 2012–4 June 2019
Succeeded by