18.04.2007, [15:38] // UGCC //www.risu.org.ua

Fr. Borys Gudziak, Ph.D.

Lviv — The inauguration of Fr. Borys Gudziak, Ph.D., for his second five-year term as rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in western Ukrainian Lviv was held on 16 April 2007. Among those participating in the festivities were Patriarch Lubomyr (Husar), head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), Archbishop Ihor Vozniak of Lviv (seen in photo), and Bishop Hlib Lonchyna, assistant to the head of the UGCC, and representatives of other educational institutions and the government.

“This is a person open to new initiatives, to dialogue, to the reconciling of various traditions. For him, attention to the person is the priority.” So said Bishop Lonchyna, chair of the UCU Senate, explaining the decision to re-elect Fr. Gudziak.

Among plans for the future that Fr. Gudziak mentioned in his inaugural address are increasing the number of students over the next five years (from approximately 1200 to 2000), a new specialization in medieval studies, and the creation of a Social Sciences Faculty, to study psychology, sociology, and journalism.

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 ESV)


Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Saints and Martyrs

Adorned with the blood of Your Martyrs throughout the world, * as with purple and fine linen, * Your Church cries out to You through them: * "Send down Your compassions upon Your people. * Grant peace to Your commonwealth and great mercy to our souls." (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

As the first-fruits of nature to the Planter of Creation, * the whole world offers to You, O Lord, the God-bearing martyrs. * Through their prayers and the intercession of the Mother of God * preserve Your commonwealth, the Church, in profound peace, O Most Merciful One. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11,12 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We honor the relics of the martyrs, that we may adore Him whose martyrs they are. We honor the servants that their honor may be reflected upon their Lord who Himself says: "He that receives you receives me."

St. Jerome, Epistle 109:1, NPNF II, 6:212