Metropolitan Borys Gudziak ends his visit to Romania – Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia


Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak toured Romania, representing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as a member of the Church in Central and Eastern Europe subcommittee. The Archbishop was joined by Jennifer Healy, Subcommittee Director, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Subcommittee Grants Specialist, and Sofia Zacharczuk, Chief of Staff for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

The tour began in Bucharest with a visit to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bucharest where the delegation met His Excellency Aurel Perca, Metropolitan Archbishop of Bucharest.

Then, the delegation visited the Romanian Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Blaj where it was welcomed by His Eminence Christian Dumitru Crișan, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Alba Iulia and Făgăraș. The visit included several offices in different parishes of Blaj, including the cathedral, the visit to the seminary, the walk on the Field of Liberty where Pope Francis visited in 2019, the future museum of the archeparchy and the meeting with refugees staying at the mother house. The delegation also traveled to Târgu Mureș where they saw a new church being built, and Bishop Borys participated in a conference on the current situation in Ukraine and met Ukrainian refugees who were welcomed by one of the parish priests of the parish.

After Blaj, the delegation traveled to Cluj where it was welcomed by Bishop Claudiu-Lucian Pop, Eparchy of Cluj-Gherla. While in Cluj, the Archbishop welcomed the students on their first day of school and met with the school principal to discuss aspirations to expand and develop the school. The delegation visited the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (BBU) where it met the Rector of the University, Dr. Daniel David, and met the Dean of the Greek-Catholic School of Theology, as well as members of the patristic center of the University. . The delegation also visited the new cathedral which is still under construction.

Before leaving Romania, Bishop Borys visited the sisters of Sighet who have welcomed more than 1,500 Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of the war and who are still currently sheltering several families. Bishop Borys thanked the Romanians for their warm welcome and hospitality not only to the delegation but to all the Ukrainian refugees.

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