of Ivan Franko International Award 2016,

His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop Emeritus


Born February 26, 1933, in Lviv. Here graduated from the public school and finished the gymnasium first grade.

The future Bishop received secondary education in the Minor Seminary in Stamford (Connecticut, USA).

In 1954, earned a B.S. in the College of St. Basil, where he studied philosophy.

Theological studies were attended in the Washington Catholic University in America.

In 1958, as a pupil of the Great Seminary of Saint Josaphat, he received a licentiate in theology. On March 30, the same year, Bishop Ambrose Senyshyn had ordained Lubomyr Husar to serve as a priest in the Diocese of Stamford.

During 1958-1959, he was working as a teacher and prefect in the Stamford Seminary of St. Basil (USA).

Since 1965, he was a parish priest in the Holy Trinity Parish in Kerhonkson.

In 1967, he received a master’s degree in the New York Fordham University.

In 1969, he moved to Rome for further theological studies that were completed with Doctor of Theology Degree in 1972.

In 1972, he joined the Monastery of Saint Theodore (Studite Order monks) in Grottaferrata (Italy).

During 1973-1984 he was lecturing in the Pontifical Missionary University “Urbaniana” in Rome.

On April 2, 1977, in the Monastery of Studite Order in Castel Gandolfo near Rome, he was ordained by Patriarch Joseph to serve as aBishop.

In 1978, Patriarch Joseph appointed Bishop Husar as Archimandrite of the Monastery of St. Theodore.

During 1984-1991, he was serving as Protosyncellus of Lviv Archdiocese in Rome.

In 1993, together with the entire community of Grottaferrata, he returned to Ukraine.

In 1993-1994, he was serving as Spiritual Director in the Lviv Theological Seminary of the Holy Spirit.

In November 1996, Bishop Lubomyr was appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of the Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

On January 26, 2001, at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, he was elected as the Major Archbishop of the UGCC.

On February 21, he was appointed by Pope John Paul II, as the Cardinal of the Catholic Church.

On February 10, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the renunciation of His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar from the administration of the Major Archbishop of UGCC.

The Monograph of Blessed Lubomyr Huzar, Archbishop-Emeritus and of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Cardinal of the Catholic Church under the title “Andrey Sheptytsky Galician Metropolitan (1901-1944), a forerunner of ecumenism” was recognized as the best on nomination  “for significant personal contribution to the development of social and humanitarian sciences”.


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