Around the Archeparchy


In 1919, the Ukrainian Republic Capella, the national choir of the newly independent Ukrainian National Republic, embarked on a cultural diplomacy mission to spread awareness of a newly independent Ukrainian nation around the world. Under the auspices of the head of the republic, Symon Petliura, and his Ministries for Education and Foreign Affairs, the choir toured Europe and North America. Directed by renowned composer and conductor Oleksandr Koshyts, the Ukrainian Republic Capella shared Ukraine’s unique choral tradition by way of promoting the country’s sovereignty and distinctiveness from "the Russian world.” On October 5, 1922, the choir performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and North American audiences heard for the first time Mykola Leontovych’s “Shchedryk”, a New Year’s song that would become the beloved Christmas classic, “Carol of the Bells. Metropolitan Gudziak at the Mass for Migrants and Refugees in Washington: Ukrainians will defend their God-given dignity. 


On September 25, Archbishop Borys Gudziak joined Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, Chairman of the Committee on Migration for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, in a celebration of the gifts of migrants and refugees at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington, D.C.This event marked the conclusion of National Migration Week celebrated worldwide. Archbishop Borys was invited to address the gathering in St. Matthew’s Cathedral at the end of Mass.

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia’s Inaugural Report and Benefit Luncheon took place on Sunday, October 9, in Jenkintown. More than 220 people attended and contributed more than $100,000 to support the Archeparchy! Proceeds will help the Archeparchy serve its faithful in America and aid humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. A portion will be offered to His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk. This was the first iteration of what will become an annual event for the Philadelphia area.

Father Mark Fesniak, Dean of the South Anthracite Deanery, Father Mykola Ivanov, former dean of the same deanery, Father Roman Oliynyk, Msgr. Myron Grabowsky, Father Michael Hutsko (absent), Father Petro Zvarych (absent), and Father Deacon Paul Spotts presented a check for over $45,000 to Archbishop Borys Gudziak for support of St. Josaphat's seminary in Washington DC. This donation was funded by profits from Seminary Day held at St. Nicholas Hall (Minersville) on July 31, 2022. The event was organized and supported by all the parishes of the deanery. 

Father Yurij Markewicz, 85, passed away recently. He was priest in the Reading, PA parish. Vichnaya Pumyat!

On Sunday, May 8th, newly ordained priest of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Rev. Volodymyr Radko, celebrated his First Mass of thanksgiving in Roman Catholic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Ordained almost three months ago in Ukraine, Fr. Volodymyr is a graduate of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, which is the diocesan seminary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Liturgy in the Byzantine-Ukrainian rite in Roman Catholic basilica was also an occasion to pray for peace in Ukraine. 


Watch Archbishop Borys Gudziak CNN interview. April 23, 2022.  Click Here:


Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak, the highest-ranking Ukrainian Catholic prelate in the United States and organizer and president of Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), will be the principal speaker and receive an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s 177th University Commencement Ceremony on May 15, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced today.


In response to the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine, Pope Francis had invited bishops throughout the world to join him on Friday, March 25th, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, in the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In prayerful solidarity with the Holy Father, Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the principal celebrant at a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Most Reverend Borys Gudziak, Metropolitan Archbishop for Ukrainian Catholics in the United States, will preach the homily.