On February 12, 2021, Archbishop Borys Gudziak held a meeting with the Ukrainian activists of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. The purpose of the meeting, which was attended by up to 30 representatives of Ukrainian organizations, was to share information about the challenges and plans for the future of the Archeparchy and exchange thoughts on the possibilities for future cooperation.
Metropolitan Borys shared with the participants of the meeting the future development plan of the Philadelphia Archeparchy. Namely, this year the arrival of seven priests with their families from Ukraine is expected. The group was formed last year and, while in Ukraine, receives online training to understand the service in the United States better. The Metropolitan’s priorities in the ministry of a priest are close cooperation with the community, fostering a culture of transparency and openness, serving in English and Ukrainian, supporting organizations, community development, and inclusion and adaptation in the American society.
« Our goal is communities of profound relations that are ready to work together with a smile and humor. Cooperation of NGOs with the Church is important. I believe that this is God’s Church; that God wants to address people. I believe that the Gospel, the Sacrament, the Church, the Community, and our collaboration are the best that a person can have. It gives peace, joy, strengthens the family, the community, reinforces the state. We need to offer it creatively, and in five years we will see great changes » – points out bishop Borys.