Pope Francis Appoints Most Rev. Borys Gudziak as new Metropolitan-Archbishop of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

On Monday, February 18th, 2019, the Vatican Information Service announced that the Holy Father has appointed Most Rev. Borys Gudziak as Archbishop of Philadelphia for Ukrainians and Metropolitan for the Ukrainian Catholic Church in USA and thus concurring with the recommendation of the appointment offered by the Synod of Ukrainian Catholic Bishops, which met in September of 2018 in Lviv, Ukraine.

The Archeparchy of Philadelphia was declared by Pope Francis as “sede vacante” following the resignation of Most Rev. Stefan Soroka on April 16, 2018. Most Rev. Andriy Rabiy was named by Pope Francis as the Apostolic Administrator of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia until the appointment of the new Metropolitan-Archbishop.

At the present time Most Rev. Borys Gudziak serves as the eparch of St. Volodymyr the Great Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy, which includes France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and Switzerland. He is the founder and president of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine. In addition, Archbishop Borys is the head of Department of External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Bishop Andriy Rabiy, Apostolic Administrator, Bishop John Bura, Auxiliary Bishop, clergy, monastic orders and faithful of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia wholeheartedly and joyfully welcome the news and invite everyone to the installation of Most Rev. Borys Gudziak as the seventh Metropolitan-Archbishop for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, which will take place on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, PA

Biography of Most Rev. Borys Gudziak, the  new Metropolitan-Archbishop of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

  • Eparch (Bishop) of the Paris Eparchy (Diocese) of St. Volodymyr the Great for France, Switzerland and Benelux (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church), member of the Conference of French Catholic Bishops (La Conférence des évêques de France)
  • Head of the Department of External Church Relations and Member of the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
  • President of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine

Borys Gudziak was born in 1960 in Syracuse, New York, the son of immigrants from Ukraine. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and biology from Syracuse University in 1980 and then studied in Rome, in the circle of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj. He received a STB degree in theology from the Pontifical Urban University in 1983 and then returned to America to pursue a doctorate in Slavic and Byzantine Cultural History at Harvard University, which he successfully defended in 1992. In 1995 he earned a licentiate in Eastern Christian studies from the Pontifical Oriental Institute.  

In 1992, he moved to Lviv where he founded and directed (1992-2002) the Institute of Church History. In 1993, he was appointed Chairman of the Commission for the Renewal of the Lviv Theological Academy. From 1995 until 2000, he served as Vice Rector of the Lviv Theological Academy, then as Rector from 2000 to 2002. In that year, Gudziak became Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University (founded on the basis of the Academy), and in 2013 its President.

Borys Gudziak was ordained as a priest  on November 26, 1998.

In 2012 he was appointed Bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and Switzerland. Bishop Borys also serves as a member of the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and as a head of the Department of External Church Relations. In 2016, with the help of American consultants with experience in church administration as well as business, Bishop Borys launched a program of strategic pastoral planning to create an eparchial vision for its future activity and growth, increased the number of priests and parishes, established a new financial model for the eparchy’s sustainability, and widely engaged the laity.

During the 2013-2014 Maidan movement for human dignity, Bishop Borys was an active supporter and appeared regularly on leading global TV channels and media providing expert commentary.  

Bishop Borys has received numerous awards and distinctions. In 2015 he became a Cavalier of the Order of Legion of Honor (Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur), the highest decoration in France. In 2016 he was awarded the Jan Nowak-Jeziorański Award in Wroclaw, Poland, in recognition for his work in shaping civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2018 he received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Syracuse University, and a literary award from the Ukrainian chapter of PEN International. He travels globally with lectures and talks on theology, history, spirituality, education, society, and current challenges in Ukraine.

He speaks English, Ukrainian, Italian, Polish, French, Russian, and German. Bishop Gudziak is the author of a number of scholarly works, among them a doctoral dissertation on sixteenth-century church history, published as Crisis and Reform: The Kyivan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998), as well as numerous articles in European and North American academic journals. He has also penned articles in popular magazines, newspapers, commentary on political, cultural, and religious affairs, position papers on academic curricula and educational reform, and introductions to scholarly and spiritual publications. Bishop Borys is among the authors of A Pope Francis Lexicon,edited by Cindy Wooden and Joshua J McElwee (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2017) and a collection of essays about the future of Europe. 

He continues to be an active member of the “Plast” Ukrainian Scouting Organization and the head of its supervisory board. Bishop Borys Gudziak is an honorary citizen of Lviv.


On any given Thursday afternoon when most students are on their way home, there is a small group of dedicated students busily working on recently started STREAM related projects. Members of ACS STREAM Club spent the first half of the year completing various activities that encouraged them to think outside of the box. After a slow start to the new year they have once again begun to pick up steam.

Students have come up with their own ideas about contributing positively to the world around them. They are currently either working in a small group or on their own making something they are interested in. Their projects range from making a new kind of slime to a prototype of a suitcase that will make travel much easier.The Club hopes to get their school community involved in a Maker Faire later this year.

Queen of ACS

Today, the 5th grade students presented their long term projects! They had to persuade the Queen of ACS to grant them a charter to create a settlement in the New World. Each group collaborated on making a commercial providing the information needed for the Queen to decide which colony would be the best choice. They created posters with important facts about their colony to aid in the decision to provide them a charter. 
What an excellent project! They researched thoroughly and did through research! The Queen also had a fabulous time!

ACS Performing Arts.

Our ACS Performing Arts Club entertained us with several creative and very humorous skits. They are revving up for their big spring production, Shrek Jr the Musical, on May 21st! We also took this opportunity to present our Student Avid Readers Awards. Our dedicated readers have gone above and beyond their reading challenges and were rewarded with an Applebee’s free sundae and a dress down day – what a treat!

Seventh Grade took an 1800s-style road trip

Seventh Grade took an 1800s-style road trip in Social Studies class as they experienced the life of 19th century pioneers and wrote about how much travel has changed. Playing a game on their chrome books, students were faced with all of the challenges pioneers encountered 200 years ago. From budgeting and finding food, to dealing with disease, and battling the elements, Seventh Grade used their critical thinking skills to navigate across the wild west. Then students began to write about how much travel has changed since the days of pioneers. From the safety of a computer, everyone was impressed with just how dangerous life is in the wilderness.

ACS is so proud of their young artists!

Our wonderful art teacher, Mrs. Stearns selected thirty outstanding pieces of art and asked the teachers to select the top twelve! It was a very difficult task, but we were extremely excited at the beautiful art pieces. Congratulations to the following students:
Grade 8: Olena, photography & pastel art piece
Grade 8: Noah, photography & painting art piece
Grade 8: Diana K, watercolor art piece
Grade 7: Fiorella, watercolor art piece
Grade 7: Shayla, pastel art piece
Grade 7: Caeleb, mixed media art piece
Grade 5: India, mixed piece art piece
Grade 5: Kiera, mixed media art piece
Grade 4: Victoria, mixed media art piece
Grade 3: Raashi, mixed media art piece
Grade 2: Sophia M, mixed media art piece 
They will all be featured at the April 4th K-12 Perth Amboy City Art Show on Reade Street! We are so excited to be a part of this endeavor thank you Mrs. Wintemberg for always thinking of us!

Lenten Service Project.

ACS’s first Lenten Service Project was a success! We participated in the Perth Amboy Vo-Tech Food Collection drive which was coordinated by one of our alumni, Miss Ortega. It was wonderful to see her and help her with her high school’s endeavors. Thank you to the ACS students and families who participated!

Pi Day has become very popular!

It is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 – since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day and ACS just had to celebrate this year! Our own Middle School Math Teacher, Mr. Zagari, gave a mini lesson to the school on what the day signifies and we celebrated with…. you guessed it PIE! We thank our Athletic Director, Sean Daly, for helping to coordinate this event.

Gates of Heaven

How can you know beauty beyond your imagination? Mrs. Lawrence’s second graders tried to bring to reality the Gates of Heaven in a group project spanning the subjects of religion, writing, and art. They covered, glued, and embellished cardboard doors to represent their thoughts on the Gates of Heaven. The Gates are only outshone by the pride of the artists! Well done second graders!