UGCC Marks 55th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination of Archbishop Emeritus Lubomyr Husar
On March 30, Supreme Archbishop Emeritus of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Lubomyr Husar marked the 55th anniversary of his priestly ordination.
In his greeting address in the end of the thanksgiving Liturgy, Secretary of the Synod of UGCC Bishop Bohdan Dziurakh said that Lord God “entrusted to the soul and hands of His Beatitude Lubomyr the priceless gift of Christ’s priesthood and has for 55 years poured through his hands blessings and countless gifts upon our Church and people,” reported the Information Department of UGCC.
His Beatitude Lubomyr finished his secondary education at the minor seminary in Stamford, Connecticut. Then he studied philosophy at Saint Basil’s College, where in 1954 he received a bachelor’s degree.
He finished theological studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In 1958 as a student of Saint Josaphat’s Major Seminary he received a licentiate in theology. On March 30 of the same year Bishop Ambrose Senyshyn ordained Lubomyr Husar a priest to serve in the Eparchy of Stamford.
In 1958-1959 he served as teacher and prefect at Saint Basil’s Seminary in Stamford, and also ministered in Kerhonkson, New York, as the pastor of the Soyuzivka resort of the Ukrainian National Association and the camp of the Ukrainian Youth Association of America in Ellenville, New York.
From 1965 he was pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Kerhonkson.
He continued studies at Fordham University in New York, studying philosophy.
In 1967 he received a master's degree.
In 1969 he moved to Rome to continue theological studies, which he completed with a doctorate in theology in 1972.
In 1972 His Beatitude Lubomyr entered the Monastery of Saint Theodore (monks of the Studite Order) in Grottaferrata, Italy.
From 1973 to 1984 His Beatitude taught at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome and carried out various tasks for Patriarch Josyf.
On April 2, 1977, in the monastery of the Studite Order in Castel Gandolfo near Rome he was ordained a bishop by Patriarch Josyf Slipyj. In 1978 Patriarch Josyf appointed Bishop Husar as archimandrite of the Monastery of Saint Theodore and also responsible for the monasteries of the Studite Order outside Ukraine.
From 1984 to 1991 he was protosynkellos (chancellor) in Rome of the Lviv Archeparchy.
In 1993 together with whole community from Grottaferrata he returned to his native land.
In 1993-94 he served as a chaplain at Holy Spirit Seminary in Lviv. In 1995 the community settled in the Monastery of Saint Theodore Studite in the village of Kolodijivka, Ternopil’ Region.
In November 1996 His Beatitude Lubomyr was appointed auxiliary bishop to the Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
On January 26, 2001, at an extraordinary Synod of Bishops he was elected Major Archbishop of the UGCC.
On February 21, 2001, he was appointed by Pope John Paul II a cardinal of the Catholic Church.
On August 21, 2005, the transfer of the seat of the head of the UGCC from Lviv to Kyiv was proclaimed.
In 2001-2011, His Beatitude Lubomyr headed the UGCC.