Visitors to AUGB Central Office with Fr. Borys second from the left

AUGB Central Office today welcomed the rector and post-graduate students of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU). 

Fr Borys Gudziak PhD, who is a leading intellectual and historian in post-Soviet Ukraine, held lengthy discussions with the AUGB's CEO, Fedir Kurlak, before joining UCU students on a tour of the Shevchenko Library and Archive.

Later in the day, Fr Gudziak lunched with the Papal Nuncio (representative) and then met with members of the Religious Society of St Sofia followed by a reception held at the Ukrainian Embassy.

Rev Gudziak completed his undergraduate studies in biology and philosophy at Syracuse University in 1980, received a degree in theology from Rome's Urbaniana University in 1983 and then earned a doctorate in Slavic and Byzantine Cultural History from Harvard University in 1992. Three years later he received a licentiate degree in Eastern theology from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.

In 1992 he founded Lviv's Institute of Church History and a year later became head of the Commission for the Revival of the Lviv Theological Academy. In 1994 the Academy was reestablished as a corner stone of the Ukrainian Catholic University, with Borys Gudziak serving as vice-rector for academic affairs 1995-2000.

In 1998 he was ordained to the priesthood and in 2000 became the second rector of the revived Lviv Theological Academy.  In 2002 this Academy became the Ukrainian Catholic University (in Lviv) and Rev Gudziak has been its rector since then. In 2008 he was honoured as a Knight of Academic Palms by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of France.

He has taught at universities in the U.S., Canada, Ukraine, Italy and Poland and has published over thirty scholarly works.

Fr Gudziak has reported that in spite of the global economic crisis, the needs of the Church - clergy, religious and lay - must continue to be met.  The UCU aims to increase the number of students and degree programmes whilst simultaneously looking at building desperately needed student housing.  In recognition of its extremely high standards and the fact that the work of the University (from a financial point of view) is completely transparent, independent Ukrainian businesses have approached the University to open up a business faculty.
Many major sources in North America have already actively financially supported the UCU since its inception.  In Europe, Aid to the Church in Need has largely contributed to the UCU's $2 million annual budget.  Today, the University (which has no funding from the Ukrainian state but has over 300 students) needs the support of Ukrainians throughout the world, including the UK. 

This is an extremely worthy cause - please do not simply look away now!

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There are several ways in which you can make a much needed tax-free donation.   You can send a cheque to the "British Friends of UCU, c/o Religious Society of Saint Sofia, 79 Holland Park, London w11 3SW or alternatively make a contribution (of £100 or more) by contacting or by telephoning Lynne Hendley on 01732 520332.

As the first generation of Ukrainians that arrived in this country during and post-World War II often said:  "thread by thread - a shirt for the poor one".  Let us all contribute our individual thread!!!



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