The Supreme Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych Lubomyr Guzar headed the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for 10 years
His Beatitude Lubomir passed away on the 85th year of his life, after a serious illness. About the funeral ceremony will be reported later.
Guzar was appointed Supreme Archbishop of the UGCC at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops of the UGCC on January 26, 2001 and headed the church for 10 years. In 2011, Blessed Lubomyr reported that Pope Benedict XVI accepted his abdication from the office of the Supreme Archbishop of the UGCC. He submitted a corresponding request if he turned 75 years old.
In recent years, Guzar was engaged in active public activities and was one of the participants in the initiative group “Pershaya pisces.”
Guzar was born on February 26, 1933 in Orel, where he graduated from the folk school and the first grade of the gymnasium.
In 1944, the family was forced to leave Ukraine. First we stopped in Austria, where Salzburg Guzar studied at the Ukrainian gymnasium.
In 1949, the family moved to the United States. Guzar received his secondary education at the Small Theological Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut. Then he studied philosophy at the College of St. Basil, where in 1954 he received a bachelor’s degree.
He received his theological education at the Washington Catholic University in America.
In 1958, as a pupil of the Great Theological Seminary of St. Josaphat, he received a licentiate of theology. On March 30, 1658, Bishop Ambrose Senishin ordained Lubomyr Guzar to a priest to serve in the Stemford diocese.
In 1958-1959 he worked as a teacher and prefect in the Stemtorial theological seminary of St. Basil, and also served in Kergonkson (New York) as the pastor of Soyuzovka of the Ukrainian People’s Union and the educational home of the Union of Ukrainian Youth of America in Ellenville (New York) .
Since 1965 – rector of the parish of the Blessed Trinity in Kergonkson.
At Fordham University of New York continued his studies, studying philosophy. In 1967 he received a master’s degree.
In 1969, he moved to Rome for the extension of theological studios, which he completed as a doctor of theology in 1972. In 1972 he entered the monastery of Saint Theodore (monks of the Student Charter) in Grottaferrata (Italy).
In 1973-1984 he taught at the Papal Missionary University “Urbanian” in Rome, carried out various assignments of Patriarch Joseph (the Blind). On April 2, 1977, in the monastery of the Student Charter in Castel Gandolfo near Rome, he was ordained Patriarch Joseph to the bishop.
In 1978, Patriarch Joseph appointed bishop Guzar archimandrite of St. Theodore’s monastery, as well as responsible for the monasteries of the Student Statute outside of Ukraine.
From 1984 to 1991 he was Protosinkel of the Lviv Archdiocese in Rome. In 1993, together with the entire community from Grottaferrata returned to his native land. In 1993-1994 he served as a confessor in the Lviv Theological Seminary of the Holy Spirit.
In 1995, the community settled in his monastery of St. Theodore Studite in the village. Kolodeevka in the Ternopil region.
In November 1996, Vladyka Lubomir was appointed Bishop-Assistant to the Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.
January 26, 2001 at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops of the UGCC was elected the Supreme Archbishop of the UGCC. On February 21, Pope John Paul II was appointed Cardinal of the Catholic Church.
On August 21, 2005, the transfer of the residence of the Head of the UGCC from Lviv to Kiev was proclaimed.
In 2011, His Beatitude Lubomir reported that Pope Benedict XVI accepted his abdication from the office of the Supreme Archbishop of the UGCC.