NEW METROPOLITAN-ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA BORYS GUDZIAK TO BE ENTHRONED
Wednesday, 29 May 2019
TUESDAY, JUNE 4 DURING HIERARCHIAL DIVINE LITURGY AT THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL IN PHILADELPHIA OVER 50 BISHOPS, WILL PARTICIPATE IN CEREMONIES INSTALLING THE NEW SPIRITUAL LEADER OF UKRAINIAN CATHOLICS IN THE UNITED STATES WITH OVER 2200 LAITY IN ATTENDANCE
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Tuesday, June 4, will be a truly historic day in the life of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States as the Most Reverend Borys Gudziak, 58, a native of Syracuse, New York is enthroned as the seventh Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy (Archdiocese) of Philadelphia. The new spiritual leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States succeeds Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka, whose resignation for health reasons was accepted by Pope Francis on April 16, 2018. Since that time Bishop Andriy Rabiy has been serving as Apostolic Administrator of the Philadelphia Archeparchy.
After the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church met in Ukraine in September, 2018, the Synod made its recommendation to the Holy See for the appointment of the new Metropolitan-Archbishop of Philadelphia. Pope Francis announced the appointment of Bishop Gudziak on February 18, 2019.
The enthronement ceremony and hierarchical Divine Liturgy, when Metropolitan Borys officially takes canonical possession of the Archeparchy, will begin at 11:00 a.m. The liturgical procession will include 50 bishops from the Ukrainian Catholic, Eastern Catholic, Latin Catholic and Ukrainian Orthodox churches, 125 priests, 11 deacons and 70 members of the religious orders.