Metropolitan Borys spoke at the international conference in Germany about the priestly identity

Together with Prof. Dr. Klara Antonia Csiszar from Romania and Prof. Dr. András Máté-Tóth from Hungary, Metropolitan Borys reflected upon Way of Life and Identity of the Priest during conference at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Archbishop Borys was invited particularly to present the situation with priests in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. 

He shared with the audience his own way to priesthood, involvement in academia in Ukraine, and experience of episcopal service in Western Europe and the United States.

  “Way of life and identity of priest in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has changed dramatically and many times over the last 100 years. It is in a radical flux and has been so for a century,” he stressed.

Archbishop divided the 100 years into 5 periods, roughly 20 years each. 

  • In the first period, from 1920 to the outbreak of the World War II, the priesthood was quite traditional. In the Austrian period the clergy became the elite of the Western Ukrainian society. They were educators, creators of schools, advisors in secular, political and economic affairs.
  • In 1939 this tradition was brutally attacked by Soviets and for another 20 years the persecution was devastating and unmittened. All of the bishops were arrested and the priests who remained loyal to the Catholic Church were almost all deported to Siberia. That was a period of martyrdom.
  • By the beginning of 1960s certain changes occurred. The Church remained a subject of great persecution. To the mid 80s the conviction of the Soviet authorities was that the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church was a disappearing phenomenon. Statistically it was a case. Priests of that period were witnesses, confessors. 
  • From 1985 to 2000 we had emerging freedom and a period of transition. Priests have become rebuilders. In a matter of few years a number of priests was restored. It was an exuberant time of building many churches — up to two thousand churches and chapels. The emphasis was precisely there. 
  • From the year 2000 we have condition when the shock of globalization and technologically fostered communication is strongly shaking all of society and the priesthood as well.           

“Now there is a question how to go forward. In these years, the Church is beginning to recognize the nostalgic re-creation and rebuilding of the churches is profoundly insufficient to meet the needs of new generation. Before the priesthood as a modern phenomenon — positivistic and hierarchical. As this paradigm disappears, there is a vacuum and many young priests are looking to rediscover ancient models. There is a desire to have direct and intimate contact within a community”.

Metropolitan Borys also sketched problems for the priests in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in a world of changing reality.




Our Lenten Journey. Archeparchy of Philadelphia co-hosted online liturgical seminar

On Sunday, February 28th, there was an online presentation entitled “Our Lenten Journey: Liturgical Exploration.”  The hosts were: Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London, and Eparchie Saint Volodymyr le Grand de Paris. The speakers were: Rev. Deacon Daniel Galadza, S.E.O.D. in Byzantine Liturgy, University of Regensburg, Germany, v. Rev. Mark Morozowich, S.E.O.D., Dean of the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and Most Rev. Bohdan Danylo, Eparch of St. Josaphat Eparchy in Parma, Ohio.

Bishop Hlib Lonchyna of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy in Paris, France welcomed the participants and opened with a prayer that the event be a “spiritually enriching experience.”

Deacon Daniel presented a “roadmap” of the Lenten services in Our Ukrainian Catholic Church.  He explained that the Great Fast, Lent, is not something negative.  “It’s not giving up something, but rather it’s something positive.  It’s a spiritual journey to Pascha, the Resurrection of Our Lord.  It is a new Passover, a spiritual renewal, a new life”, he stresses.

  • We as an Eastern Catholic Church “ease into” the rhythm and pace of the Great Fast. Five Sundays before the start of Great Fast, we are preparing ourselves to enter the liturgical season of the Great Fast. The Gospels on each of these Sundays gives us a specific message, easing us into the Lenten spirit: On the Sunday of Zaccheus, the message is Don’t let Christ just pass by, seek to encounter Him.  On the Sunday of Publican and Pharisee, “humility” is the virtue we all are to seek and possess.  On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, the message is repentance, mercy, and forgiveness.  On Meat-fare Sunday, we are told what God expects from us – be sensitive to the needs of others and help them.  On Cheese-fare Sunday, we are to ask forgiveness from God and from one another.

  • During the Great Fast, we are given “intense nourishment” by the Word of God.  During the prayer service of the Sixth Hour on the weekdays of Lent, we read and reflect upon the Prophecy of Isaiah.  At Matins, morning prayer service, much of the readings for the Epistle is from the epistle to the Hebrews.  And for the Gospel, it is from the Evangelist, St. Mark.

  • In the prayer services, we cry out for God’s mercy and forgiveness.  The Christian life, as we all know and experience, is a “struggle” between the powers of good and evil.  So too is it in this Lenten season.  From the time of our Baptism, our senses (forehead, eyes, lips, chest, hands, and feet) have been anointed with holy oil and later sealed with holy chrism to equip us in our daily struggle with evil and discerning with what is good and have the resolve to ultimately do the good.

  • As we sojourn to the joyous celebration of Pascha, our Church calls upon all the faithful to practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Deacon Galadza noted that “true fasting” is to put aside all evil.  The Great Fast is a call to develop a deeper personal relationship with Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The Lenten season is “a promise of healing” and leads us to “the beauty of holiness.”

Rev. Dr. Mark Morozowych shared his knowledge and insight into the beauty, the treasure of our Liturgical Tradition, in particular, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.  Just as in Michelangelo’s “Creation Scene”, where God is extending His hand in the creation of man, so too the Lord God extends His “healing hand” to mankind. Following in the tradition of his mentor (Fr. Robert Taft), Father Mark’s approach is “Christocentric.”

  • Christ is the center of our daily lives. Our Church gives us the Great Fast in order to help us develop a closer, personal relationship with our Lord God. We all are called to become like Christ Himself, to become “another Christ.” That is, we are called to make Christ present to our world, to those we come into daily contact.  The Divine Liturgy is the “summit” of Christian life.
  • The Liturgy is the “expression of Christian unity.”  Besides the joyful celebration of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, we have the penitential celebration of the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.  In the Liturgy the priest says that it is Jesus Christ  ‘WHO OFFERS AND IS OFFERED.”  Jesus is really present and is so in various ways, but most of all in His Word and Sacrament (Eucharist).   We celebrate the Presanctified Liturgy in order to provide us with spiritual nourishment.  Christ’s Body and Blood is spiritual food for the soul that may not grow weary during the time of the Great Fast.
  • The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts consists of five elements or parts:  (1)prayers of Vespers; (2) the Liturgy of the Word; (3) the Transfer of the Gifts; (4) Communion – Distribution of the Eucharist; and (5) the Dismissal prayer.
  • In the celebration of Presanctified, there are four key or main prayers: (1) Incensation of the Altar – The prayer “Let my prayer rise like incense before You”.  The third versicle is key, for it calls upon us to put a guard around our tongue.  For the tongue is like the rudder of a ship, steering the ship in the right direction.  The Great Fast is a time of “Metanoia”, repentance and conversion. What is needed is “a change of heart”, a purification.  (2) the Great Entrance Hymn – Let us approach “with faith and love”, so as to become worthy partakers of eternal life.  (3) the Prayer before the “Our Father” – We are to become living temples of the Holy Spirit so that we may obtain the blessings God promised to us along with all the Saints who have pleased Him throughout the ages.  (4) the Ambo Prayer – The Lord God brough us to “these salutary days” for the purification of soul and body and to become “victorious over sin.”

Father Mark spoke of the various effects of the Presanctified Liturgy

-salutary days

-preserve Faith inviolable

-purification of soul and body

-crush the heads of invisible serpents

-be victorious over sin

-blamelessly attain and worship the Holy Resurrection.

  • In a word, it is Christ Who brings us to perfection.  The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts provides us with spiritual nourishment along the way.  It is the “manifestation” of our unity and our love for God and for our neighbor.

Bishop Bohdan Danylo spoke about the prayers of Holy Week, which lead us to the final destination of our Lenten spiritual journey, namely, the joyous celebration of Pascha.  Bishop Bohdan refers to the Great Fast as a “Lenten pilgrimage”.

  • Our Faith is to be vibrant – to transform “remembrance” into “reality.”  He calls our final destination ‘the eschatological paradise.”   By the distribution of blessed palms, pussy willows, we enter into that joyous event of acclaiming Jesus as Our Lord and Savior.
  • Our celebration of the Holy Week services come from three main sources:  Constantinople (Byzantium), Jerusalem and Palestine monasticism.  Due to covid-19 regulations last year, our services were modified to meet the regulations.  However, the celebration of Holy Week services according to our tradition can be found online at https://stjosaphateparchy.com.
  • We enter into the passion and death of Christ.  There is a somber remembrance of how Jesus offered Himself to the Heavenly Father in expiation of sin.  The Totally Sinless One takes upon Himself the sin of the world.  Christ is our Savior freeing us from the bonds of the devil – overcoming the powers of sin, death and the devil.
  • Just as was the entry into the holy season of the Great Fast gradual, so too the joyous celebration of Pascha – the Resurrection of Our Lord.  Already in the Jerusalem Matins service, there is not only the lament over the death and burial of Jesus but also there is also present the joy of victory announced to those faithful ones waiting in Hades for this day of victory.   The Prokimen “Arise, O Lord” is joyous and changes the tone from a somber one to that of jubilation.  Already on Holy Saturday we have the gradual liturgical movement from sadness to joy.

Bishop Hlib Lonchyna ended the online spiritual Lenten presentation with a prayer to the Mother of God.

Fr. George Worschak

 

 




Rev. John Wysochansky has fallen asleep in the Lord

With sorrow and great hope in the Resurrection we share with you the news that Rev. John Wysochansky, retired priest of Archeparchy of Philadelphia, was called to the Lord on Friday, February 26, 2021 at age 92. We extend condolences to Fr. Walter and to all members of the Wysochansky Family, beloved by God.
The funeral arrangements are as follows:
  • The Priestly Parastas will be celebrated on Sunday, March 7th at 7:00pm at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church in Olyphant, PA.
  • The Funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Monday, March 8th at 11:00am at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church in Olyphant, PA, followed by the interment.
May his memory be eternal!
Vichnaya pamyat!



Clergy encounter with former Acting Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Borys Lushniak,

The Clergy of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, along with the members of the Chancery staff were invited to participate in a zoom meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd, entitled “Metropolitan Conference with Rear Admiral Dr. Boris Lushniak.”  The zoom conference included such topics as:  (1) Are the vaccines safe?,  (2) Are there long-term side effects from the vaccines?, and (3) Is the life expectancy declining in the U.S.?

There have been more than 500,000 deaths reported in the United States since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.  What makes this pandemic so difficult to contain is that it is highly contagious. It quickly passes from person to person. There was a significant spike, increase in cases during the months of December and January. Nonetheless, Dr. Borys Lushniak tells us: “There is a ray of HOPE.”  For the number of cases is presently decreasing. The numbers are coming down, but waiting to see if they continue that trend.  Dr. Lushniak has a cautious optimism or hope.

People are reminded to do more of the same: wash hands, wear masks, practice social distancing, limit the capacity of attendance. Many have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  Certain places lacked an adequate number of hospital beds. At first, the advice was given: “Stay at home.’  This led to people working at home, if possible. But often, limited work hours meant less income.  Stimulus checks were sent out by the government, which helped, but still left many wanting.  In recent days, it was reported that unemployment has drastically risen.

Not only have the elderly been affected, but also young, healthy persons. Some have even died.  As of this day, there is no magic wand or medicine to receive that would take it away quickly or at once.  And it seems that this pandemic is not going to simply go away on its own.  Those in the medical profession have been working on a “vaccine.” According to the former Acting Surgeon General, globally 100 vaccines have been developed. Some have gotten approval; some have been rejected and not approved at this time.

In the United States, there are presently two vaccines that have been approved and are in use – vaccinating people.  They are Pfizer and Moderna. Both are two doses and both have an efficiency of 94%. Other countries developing vaccines are India, Russia, and China.

Vaccines should be viewed as something positive and useful in bringing the coronavirus pandemic under control.  Vaccines in the past have worked. Two examples are the vaccine for polio and the vaccine for measles.  Time will reveal how effective they will be.  Add to this situation, that two new strains of the coronavirus are reported:  that from the United Kingdom and that from South Africa.  It has not yet been determined whether the developed and approved vaccines will remedy these two new strains.

Nonetheless, Dr. Boris Lushniak ‘s advice is to get vaccinated. President Biden plans to have 300 million doses of the vaccine available by July of this year. Israel thus far has been pro-active in dispensing the vaccines to its citizens. (70% or more of the populace). In the United States, it’s already about 14%.  But, Ukraine, as is much of Europe, is in “serious want” of the vaccine.  Although some who have already received the vaccine may have experienced some “side effects,” they are “mild” and of “short duration.”

Archbishop Borys noted that at times we have experienced a “spike” in the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S.  The Archbishop questioned what may have the cause for these “spikes.”  Did Americans not take the coronavirus illness seriously enough.  Dr. Lushniak believes that it’s been at times “misinformation” and “hubris (human pride)”.

Bishop Paul Chomintsky of the Stamford Eparchy asked the question:  “How often do we need to be vaccinated?  Dr. Lushniak believes that it may be annual, but more likely occasional – the possibility of an occasional “booster shot.”

As to would we return to normalcy, when and to what degree?  We just do not know for certain.  Even with vaccinations, we may still be required to keep the suggested guidelines of washing hands, wearing face masks, practicing social distancing, and a limited capacity of attendance.  It may be a gradual return to a type of “normalcy.”

There was also a question about “handshaking.”  Handshaking has long been a normal gesture in greeting or welcoming another person.  The former Surgeon General believes “the handshake” may return, but with some caution.  The handshake may be extended to some, but necessary to all.

Bishop Bohdan Danylo of the St. Josaphat Eparchy in Parma, Ohio posed a question about the rescheduling of the Clergy Conference of the Metropolia, which would take place in Chicago.  Dr. Lushniak advised that t would be better to reschedule in October than in July.  The Doctor is optimistic about seeing a gradual improvement continue.  Significant signs of improvement may be recognized in July and continue throughout the rest of the year.

Archbishop Borys ended the zoom conference with the prayer “Our Father” and called upon Mary, the Mother of God to guard and protect us, Her spiritual children.

We all are grateful to Dr. Lushniak for sharing his knowledge, wisdom, and advice.  In particular, we wholeheartedly thank him for reminding, including the clergy, to make one’s health a top priority.  In so doing, we shall be enabling ourselves to better serve the Lord God and to possibly do so for many years to come.

Father George Worschak




March 20, Requiem Divine Liturgy for the souls of the COVID-19 victims

REQUIEM PRAYER SERVICE FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

AKATHIST SATURDAY,  MARCH 20, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

Glory to Jesus Christ!

A year has passed and we continue to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic. Each and every one of us knows Covid-19 victims, their families, the sick, health care workers, volunteers, and all those on the front line during this perilous time.

During the Great Fast, we ask all of our Ukrainian Catholic parish communities in the United States of America to gather in liturgical prayer for the victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.  We ask our priests to celebrate with the participation of our beloved faithful, the Requiem Divine Liturgy for the souls of the victims followed by the Panakhyda Service on Akathistos Saturday, March 20, 2021. Let us pray to the Lord our    Savior that He may place the souls of the Coronavirus pandemic victims:  “in a place of light, a place of verdure, and a place of tranquility, from which pain, sorrow, and mourning have fled” (Panakhyda service).

Let us remember in our prayers, the bereaved families and all those who are still suffering from the virus.  Let us continue to remember, pray and be thankful to all those who devote themselves to those in need. We support them with our words, and above all, with our prayers.

May the memory of the Covid-19 victims be eternal!

Вічная Пам’ять!

+Borys Gudziak

Archbishop of Philadelphia

Metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States

+Paul Chomnycky, OSBM

Eparch of Stamford

+Benedict Aleksiychuk

Eparch of St. Nicholas in Chicago

+Bohdan J. Danylo

Eparch of St. Josaphat in Parma

+Andriy Rabiy

Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia




Lenten Zoom Stay-At-Home Spiritual Retreat For The Clergy Of Our Archeparchy

The retreat master for the Zoom Spiritual Retreat that was held last week was Monsignor John Esseff, a Roman Catholic priest who is presently serving in the Diocese of Scranton, Pa. He had served as a retreat director and confessor to Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He is 88 years old and has been a priest for 63 years.

Msgr. Esseff was baptized into the Maronite Church. From an early age, John had wanted to become a priest. As a student, he was awakened to Christ living in the world today through “me,” the human person.

Throughout the retreat, Msgr. Esseff’s approach was Christocentric, focusing on Christ and how we can, as did St. Paul, say: “It is no longer I who live, but rather Christ who lives within me.” (Galatians 2:20) We are called to wholeheartedly give ourselves over, surrender to the Holy Will of God.

Some theses

  • From the time of our Baptism, we have “put on Christ” and Christ lives within us. Christian service is one of JOY. If we wish to serve the Lord God and to love our neighbor, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to God and to others. We are called to open our hearts in a JOY that presses us onward, forward, and which fears nothing. The Christian
    life is a CALL to build up the Kingdom of Love already here on earth.
  • The Lord God is today in the world. God can be found in the “ordinary,” in the simplest of our daily activities. The Holy Will of God is the way to attain peace and virtue. We are called to discern good from evil.
  • For evil too exists and the devil tempts us trying to lead one astray. But God is omnipotent, all-powerful, and gives us the grace to withstand the temptations of the devil. With God’s help, we are able to discern what is “of God” and what is not.
  • Paul in his epistle to the Galatians (5:22-23) tells us what are the fruits of life under grace, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control. A life not lived in Christ, lived not under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, would have the opposite result. Christ is the Light of the world and so too we are “lights,’ who let our “light shine before men so that they may see the goodness of (our) deeds and give glory to our Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Fr. George Worschak




Today 129 ago Patriarch Josyf Slipyj was born


Before my eyes is uncovered another neighbour daughter Church, in the land which greets immigrants with a monument, the symbol of liberty, and the home of the city of “Brotherly Love”. There also was born the first daughter of the Ukrainian Mother Church – beyond the ocean. I call upon you with the Lord’s voice: Christ gave you “the key of the House of David”, A symbol of strength and authority (cf. Is. xxii, 22, Rev. iii, 7), “The keys of death and of the hell.” (Rev. i, 18) I know your works, and all know that I have loved you. If you maintain my words “I will also keep thee from the hour of the temptation, which shall come upon the whole world.” (Rev. iii, 10) Do not be tempted therefore, but be the defender of the imprisoned and suffering members of your Mother Church! Be a living example of Brotherly love!    

Spiritual Testament of His Beatitude Patriarch Josyf

(translated by Rev. Myroslaw Tataryn)



Metropolitan Borys held a meeting with the representatives of the Ukrainian organisations in Philadelphia

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.



GREAT LENT PASTORAL OF THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC HIERARCHY OF THE USA

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

A year ago, at the beginning of Great Lent, the world was hit by an unprecedented pandemic. Unprecedented not so much in ferocity or scope but in global consciousness: we became aware that we are in this together. In a stroke, the world was humbled. Our sense of control, modern technological hubris, and the frivolous pursuit of pleasure had to take a back seat to the reality and mystery of life and death. In our Metropolia we experienced considerable losses. Three weeks into the lockdown, during Holy Week, Metropolitan-emeritus Stephen Sulyk succumbed to COVID. As the year progressed, the virus took from us priests, religious and many parishioners—our grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, children, relatives and friends. We have been humbled. We are subdued. Some of us still remain confused, lonely, and depressed.  However, St. Paul encourages us, telling us to “not grieve as others do who have no hope.” (1 Th 4:13).

Indeed, many of us were able to recognize authentic blessings, we experienced a renewed awareness of family, a peace that comes with authentic humility, a peace that comes with wakefulness to God’s presence and guidance in the face of hardship. This past year we have seen some of the best of humanity: heroic acts of authentic solidarity, examples of inspiring mutual service, medical care in dangerous circumstances, chaplaincy work in hospitals, the service of first responders. We adapted in order to make sure that community worship could be safe for the faithful and clergy. We found new ways to teach and educate, to visit the sick and housebound, to provide food and donations in kind for the poor, to support those with crisis pregnancies, and more. There is much to make us ponder and wonder, be thankful for and give praise.

In a certain sense, last year’s Lent had an old-time quality. It is said that in pre-modern centuries in Ukraine and other Christian countries there was a “social hush” during Great Lent. Everything quieted down. Individuals and families focused inward, judging themselves in the light of the Gospel, rather than judging others. Towns and villages as communities, and nations as cultures entered together into a spirit of penance: a recognition of and remorse for transgressions, violence and greed, deceit and betrayal, individual and social sin. Indeed, last year we had a Great Lent without parties and galivanting. We stayed home. And while we were unable to receive each other into our homes, we were able to welcome the Lord into our lives, and remind ourselves that each and every household is called to be a domestic church, a place of growth in faith, prayer, and caring for others.

In the end, our home is much more than a physical place. It is a spiritual and moral reality. Our home is with the Lord, who invites us to “come and see” and be with Him (see Jn 1:35-39). It is where we work and serve, where we become a blessing to others, where we are free to be ourselves, have a sense of being where we belong, are not full of ourselves. We are at home when we fulfill our calling, follow God’s will. We are at home when we are pure in thought, action and word, long-suffering, kind, and gentle, as God is with us.

This Great Lent let us build on the lessons learned this past year. Our journey home is well on its way. This precious, yet fragile gift of life we share, is one of pilgrimage, of repentance, of living up to the faith that God has in each one of us, in deep humility. Let us be guided by the ancient Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem:

O Lord and Master of my life, drive from me the spirit of indifference, despair, lust for power, and idle chatter. 

Instead, bestow on me, Your servant, the spirit of integrity, humility, patience, and love.

Yes, O Lord and King, let me see my own sins, and not judge my brothers and sisters, for You are blessed, now and forever and ever. Amen.

St. Ephraim’s prayer encapsulates the striving of the season, one that leads us to the triumph of Pascha, the victory of the Savior over our shame, fear, and death itself. Let it be our personal and community prayer as we fall down before the Lord of mercy, confident of His love and hospitality. On our Lenten journey let us remember how the disciples followed Jesus. For them home was not a place, but a Person—the same One who calls out to us today: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt 4:17).

We will be praying with you and for you!

Christ is in our midst! He is and always will be!

+Borys Gudziak, Archbishop of Philadelphia,

Metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States

+Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, Eparch of Stamford

+Benedict Aleksiychuk, Eparch of St. Nicholas in Chicago

+Bohdan J. Danylo, Eparch of St. Josaphat in Parma

+Andriy Rabiy, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia




Bishop-emeritus John Bura celebrates 50th anniversary of his priesthood today.

“You always need time to pray, to reflect. You have to constantly evaluate yourself, what you are doing. Otherwise you fail, you do not progress. Our Church, our Liturgical cycle, provides all the necessary opportunities to do this. You just have to take advantage of them. No exuses.” – bishop John Bura
Bishop-emeritus John Bura celebrates 50th anniversary of his priesthood today.
John Bura was born on June 12, 1944 in Wegeleben, Germany, in the family of Gregory and Mary Bura. After emigration to the United State the family became parishioners of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul in Jersey City. In 1959 after graduating from middle school John Bura entered Saint Basil Minor Seminary in Stamford, CT. In 1965-1970 he entered St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary and studied theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he received his theological bachelor degree.
On December 6, 1970 Rev. Mr. John Bura was ordained deacon by Archbishop Ambrose Senyshyn.
On February 14, 1971 in the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia Metropolitan Ambrose Senyshyn ordained John
Bura a priest.
On January 3, 2006 the Congregation for the Eastern Churches announced that the Holy Father Benedict XVI blessed the decision of the Synod of the Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and appointed Monsignor John Bura the Auxiliary bishop for the Metropolitan of Philadelphia for Ukrainians. Episcopal Ordination of Most Reverend John Bura took place on February 21, 2006 in the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, PA. The principal consecrator was His Beatitude Lubomyr Cardinal Husar, co-consecrators – Most Reverend Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan of Philadelphia and Most Reverend Michael Kuchmiak, CSs.R.
On July 29, 2009, the Holy Father nominated Bishop John as the Apostolic Administrator, sede vacante, of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma. and he served in that capacity until 2014.
Pope Francis accepted Bishop John Bura’s resignation on November 15, 2019.
Axios!
Mnohaya Lita!
Thank you for the years of service!