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CUA to Honor Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church


7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4


Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
3900 Harewood Road, N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Catholic University will award an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, to Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, on Thursday, Oct. 4, at a ceremony following dinner at 7 p.m.

Cardinal Husar, who has served as a cardinal and major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church since 2001, is well known for his ecumenical work with the Orthodox Churches and other Christian and non-Christian groups as well as his concern for the world's marginalized people. Born in Lviv on Feb. 26, 1933, Cardinal Husar immigrated to the United States in 1944. He studied philosophy at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic College Seminary in Stamford, Conn., from 1950 to 1954, and he received his license of sacred theology in 1958 from CUA. Following his ordination to the sacred presbyterate on March 30, 1958, he earned a master's in philosophy at Fordham University in 1967 and a doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome in 1972.

Cardinal Husar then entered the Monastery of the Studites in Grottaferrata, Italy, and was named its hieromonk, or superior, in 1974. In 1977, he was consecrated a bishop for the Church in Ukraine. In 1992 Cardinal Husar moved back to Ukraine and in April 1996 Cardinal Myroslav Lubachivsky appointed him exarch of Kyiv-Vyshhorod. In 1996, he was appointed auxiliary bishop to Cardinal Lubachivsky with delegated faculties of major archbishop. After Cardinal Lubachivsky's death in December 2000, the Synod of Bishops elected Cardinal Husar the next major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church on Jan. 25, 2001. Cardinal Husar worked with civil authorities to facilitate Pope John Paul II's visit to Ukraine in July 2001. Since the transfer of the See of Lviv to Kyiv on Aug. 21, 2005, he has served as the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic major archbishop of Kyiv and Halych.

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