Ukraine: An Epicenter of Global Change, 02/28

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy welcomes


Archbishop Borys Gudziak 

Metropolitan Archbishop of Philadelphia of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church


Tuesday, February 28
4:00 p.m.

Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)
John F. Scarpa Hall
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy welcomes Archbishop Borys Gudziak, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) and President of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

The highest-ranking Ukrainian Catholic prelate in the United States, Archbishop Gudziak will speak about the current state of affairs in Ukraine and how the Church has responded to the war crisis. The son of Ukrainian immigrants, Archbishop Gudziak was born in Syracuse, NY and earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and biology from Syracuse University. In addition to studying theology in Rome at the Holy Sofia College and Pontifical Urban University, he earned a doctorate in Slavic and Byzantine Cultural History from Harvard University.

Archbishop Gudziak founded the Institute of Church History in Lviv, Ukraine in 1992 and subsequently served as vice rector and then rector of the Lviv Theological Academy. This organization formed the basis for the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine, where Archbishop Gudziak now serves as president.

Prior to his appointment as archbishop of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia in 2019, Archbishop Gudziak served as bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and Switzerland. He is also a member of the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Archbishop Gudziak is the author of numerous articles and scholarly works, especially on church history, including the book  Crisis and Reform: The Kyivan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest (Harvard University Press, 1998). He speaks English, Ukrainian, Italian, Polish, French, Russian, and German.

Archbishop Gudziak has been recognized with various awards and distinctions internationally. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Notre Dame, the Catholic University of America, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and his alma mater, Syracuse University. In 2021, Pope Francis named him a member of the Dicastery for Communication and in 2022 he started a term as chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Recently, he received the Catholic Faith Network Award of Excellence.  

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved this event for 1 substantive CLE credit. Please note registration is required.