Ukrainian Catholic Church in US installs new leader

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Newley installed Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia Borys Gudziak blesses himself during a ceremony enthroning

Newley installed Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia Borys Gudziak blesses himself during a ceremony enthroning

Clergy proceed into the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia for a ceremony enthroning Borys Gudziak as the new M

Clergy proceed into the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia for a ceremony enthroning Borys Gudziak as the new M

Incoming Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia Borys Gudziak, displays a document from Pope Francis during a cerem

Incoming Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia Borys Gudziak, displays a document from Pope Francis during a cerem

Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia Borys Gudziak kisses a staff as he is enthroned into his new position at the

Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia Borys Gudziak kisses a staff as he is enthroned into his new position at the

Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia Borys Gudziak is enthroned into his new position at the Ukrainian Catholic C

Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia Borys Gudziak is enthroned into his new position at the Ukrainian Catholic C

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An Eastern Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania has installed a new leader.

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia has named the Rev. Borys Gudziak as the metropolitan archbishop, which makes him the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States.

Gudziak is a 58-year-old native of Syracuse, New York. He succeeds Stefan Soroka, who resigned for health reasons last year.

Gudziak will serve as spiritual leader of the national Ukrainian Catholic Church's four regional dioceses, based in Chicago; Parma, Ohio; Stamford; Connecticut; and Philadelphia.

In 1992, following the reemergence of the Ukrainian Catholic Church from decades of Soviet oppression, Gudziak founded an academy in Lviv, Ukraine, to chronicle that era.

He also helped revive the theological training that disappeared when the faith was forced underground in the mid-1940s.