Chair of Ukrainian Church Studies established at Catholic University of America – Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
On Wednesday, September 28, the inauguration of the Chair of Ukrainian Church Studies and Endowed Professor Bishop Basil H. Losten took place at the Catholic University of America (CUA).
The invocation at the start of the ceremony was led by Metropolitan Borys Gudziak, Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia. After opening remarks by the Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, Reverend Mark Morozowich, the newly created Center and Chair were accepted by CUA President Peter Kilpatrick and Provost Aaron Dominguez. Before Reverend Peter Galadza, the holder of the newly created chair, was introduced, Bishop Basil H. Losten, the patron of the Center for Ukrainian Church Studies, shared his memories of being a student at the University Catholic with the teachers and guests gathered at the ceremony. .
Subsequently, the Chair of Ukrainian Church Studies proposed the center’s three main areas of study: continuing the work of the Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox Study Group of the Kyivan Church; the role of presbytery(a priest’s wife) in the Underground Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC); and the UGCC’s “Christ our Passover” catechism, especially its moral theology.
The Center for Ukrainian Church Studies is part of the Institute for the Study of Eastern Christianity at the Catholic University of America’s School of Theology and Religious Studies.
The Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox Study Group of the Church of Kyiv was a group of Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox theologians of the Ecumenical Patriarchate active in the early 1990s, whose main work was to study the possibility of the communion of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Church with the Patriarch of Constantinople without interrupting communion with Rome.