“Cardinal Husar was the kobzar-sage of the new millennium for all Ukrainians:” memoirs of the Head of the UGCC
on His Beatitude Lubomyr
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
On February 26, 2019, the UGCC honors the 86th anniversary of the birth of blessed memory His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar. His Beatitude Lubomyr was the Primate of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church from 2001 to 2011.
In a book-interview “The Dialogue Heals Wounds,” His Beatitude Sviatoslav tells the editor of the Polish Catholic News Agency Krzysztof Tomashik a story of his life, reflects on the opportunities that arise through dialogue, and also shares memories about his predecessor.
Below we present the memoirs of the Head of the UGCC on His Beatitude Lubomyr in quotations:
- I was lucky to be his personal secretary. In 2003-2005, he began to form a patriarchal curia to govern the whole Church so that the Head of the Church had the appropriate apparatus that would enable them to serve for the benefit of the whole community.
- I met with Cardinal Husar in the 90’s of the XX century, when he was a seminarian; he was then the clergyman of our seminary. Later I met with him in Rome: I studied at the university, and he was already a bishop.
- After Father Kanavan (head of the Patriarchal Curia) left, he needed someone who would become the administrator of the curia and his secretary. I was then vice-rector of the seminary, professor of the university, head of the theology department, vice-dean of the philosophical and theological faculty, and here again, Cardinal Husar invites me and says that he needed my help in the Curia and the secretariat. Certainly, I could not refuse.
- Fortunately, I had the opportunity to leave the post of vice rector in the seminary. It was also the time of the Orange Revolution. Then I had the opportunity to take a closer look at the Cardinal and better understand him as a spiritual person.