Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop to Hold Media Briefing on Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

Metropolitan Borys Gudziak, leader of the Ukrainian Catholics in the United States, Head of the Department of the External Church Relations for the global Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, will hold a press briefing on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine caused by the Russian invasion. Archbishop Borys recently returned from Ukraine. He will share the newest information from the ground, based on daily conversations with bishops and clergy, political leaders, business leaders, and students from Kharkiv, Kyiv, Mariupol, Lviv, and other parts of Ukraine.

Thursday, March 10

4 p.m. ET

at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family

4250 Harewood Rd. NE Washington, DC 20017

Russian missiles are targeting civilian infrastructure — hospitals, schools, residential areas — killing thousands of people. Yesterday we saw hideous photos of the bombing of a maternity ward in Mariupol. This city, founded by Greek settlers as the “City of Mary” and home to 400,000 Ukrainian citizens of different ethnic backgrounds, has been transformed into a graveyard for thousands of people with scenes of mass graves. In today’s address to the world, the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk said Ukraine has not seen such mass burials in common graves, without honor, without Christian prayer, since the time of Nazism and Stalin’s repressions.

To honor these innocent victims of the war in Ukraine with prayer, Archbishop Borys will preside at a Memorial Service tonight at 7 pm at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family.

Metropolitan Borys Gudziak, (born 1960 in Syracuse, NY, PhD Harvard University 1992) is Archbishop of Philadelphia for the Ukrainian Catholics in the United States of America. He has been Head of the Department of External Church Relations of the UGCC since 2014. He also serves as a President (chair of the board of directors) of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.