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Bishop Gudziak to head Ukrainian Catholic archeparchy

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Borys Gudziak of the Paris-based Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Volodymyr the Great to be the seventh metropolitan-archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

Bishop Andriy Rabiy, an auxiliary bishop of the archeparchy, has been apostolic administrator since April 16, 2018. The pope named him to the post following the resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka, now 67, for medical reasons.

Archbishop Gudziak, 58, is a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and was ordained a bishop in France Aug. 26, 2012.

His appointment was announced Feb. 18 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Archbishop Gudziak's installation will take place June 4 at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia.

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia includes the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and parts of eastern Pennsylvania. It has a total Catholic population of about 15,000.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Manassas is part of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Father Petro Zvarych is the pastor.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019