The Pope has appointed as metropolitan archbishop of Philadelphia of the Ukrainians, United States of America, H.E. Msgr. Borys Gudziak, transferring him from the Eparchy of Saint Vladimir-Le-Grand de Paris of the Ukrainians, France.
H.E. Msgr. Borys Gudziak
H.E. Msgr. Borys Gudziak was born in Syracuse, New York, United States of America, on November 24, 1960. After completing his studies at the Christian Brothers Academy, he graduated in philosophy and biology. He entered the Santa Sofia College in Rome, as a pupil of the archieparchy of Lviv, attended the Pontifical Urban University, and in 1983 he completed his studies in theology.
In 1992, he moved to Lviv where he founded the Institute of Church History, later becoming its dean. Cardinal Lubachivsky, archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians, appointed him in 1993 as chairman of the commission for the renewal of the Lviv Theological Academy. Since 2000 he has been rector of the same and later rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University of Lviv.
He was ordained a priest on 26 November 1998 in the church of St. George and incardinated in the archieparchy of Lviv of the Ukrainians.
On July 21, 2012, he was appointed as apostolic exarch for Ukrainian faithful of the Byzantine rite resident in France and received episcopal ordination on 26 August 2012. On 19 January 2013, the Holy Father Benedict XVI elevated the apostolic exarchate to the rank of eparchia, assigning the title of “Saint-Vladimir-le-Grand de Paris des Ukrainiens Byzantins” to the new circumscription, and appointed him as first eparchial bishop by transferring him from the head office of Carcabia.