Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 6, 2019 / 12:22 pm
Bishop Borys Gudziak was enthroned Tuesday as Archbishop of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia, which heralded the arrival of the "new spiritual leader of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States."
"I've come here very freely, no plan, no agenda. Just to open my heart to the Holy Spirit," Archbishop Gudziak said June 4 in a homily delivered in both Ukrainian and English.
Christ "goes to those on the margins. And that's where we need to go as bishops, as priests, as Christians, not just me, friends. Not just these priests, these bishops, the sisters, but all of us. And that's where we're going to go."
Gudziak, 58, a native of Syracuse, New York, succeeds Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka,who resigned for health reasons in April 2018. Pope Francis announced Gudziak's appointment in February.