On February 18, 2019, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had chosen a new Archbishop and Metropolitan for the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Borys Gudziak. His appointment was recommended by the Synod of Ukrainian Catholic Bishops. Gudziak will be officially welcomed as the new Metropolitan-Archbishop on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, and all are welcome to join in prayer and congratulations.
Rev. Gudziak is currently the bishop of St. Volodymyr the great Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy in Europe; he is, additionally, the founder and president of the Ukrainian Catholic University, located in Lviv. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Gudziak was born to Ukrainian immigrants and earned degrees from Syracuse University, the Pontifical Urban University, and Harvard University before moving to Lviv, Ukraine to found the Institute of Church History.
Gudziak was ordained as a priest in 1998, and in 2012 he was appointed Bishop. Over the course of his service, Gudziak has received numerous awards and distinctions for his theological work, and he has travelled across the world to give lectures on theology, spirituality, and more. Borys Gudziak has been chosen to replace Most Rev. Stefan Soroka, who retired after many years of esteemed service last April.