Prayer, Celebration, Unity, and Mission Outreach: “From Heart to Heart”​

On the Occasion of the Inauguration of the Ministry of Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak
Philadelphia, PA /Washington, DC June 2 to June 9, 2019


Praying for the Descent of the Holy Spirit to foster our relationship with God and our neighbor— “heart to heart”. To promote and nurture relations within the Archeparchy and Metropolia, with the Archdiocese in Philadelphia, the city’s Ukrainian-Americans and with the local community at large, with our brothers and sisters from other eparchies, countries, rites, and Churches. To engage the youth “heart to heart,” putting young people at the center of the Church’s mission.

Recognizing the rich legacy of our ancestors and handing it on, enhanced, to a new generation. The program of “heart to heart” prayer and community-building events should spiritually inspire participants in an enduring way and be capacity building for the Archeparchy. The considerable efforts and resources of an enthronement should not be expended to produce a short-lasting if impressive “firework.” Each event, gesture, or symbol is guided by the vision —what does not immediately promote it can be postponed. The five priorities and celebration program embodying the vision prepare all participants for Pentecost—the Descent of the Holy Spirit Who renews us and commissions us to go forth and bear the “Good News” to all people of good will.

Five priorities for preparing and living the celebrations:


Do all in the spirit of the Kingdom of God that is in our midst—in peace, humility, and joy, praying for and receiving the gifts and fruits (Gal 5, 22) of the Holy Spirit. The importance of prayer, of a personal “heart to heart” relationship with “Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb 13,8) This celebration is a prayer of God’s people. Let us trust and open our hearts to the Lord and our neighbors.


Foster unity between bishops, clergy and faithful; unity of the Metropolia, the global Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and of the Church Universal, especially the in the US. The celebration recognizes the needs of the poor, infirm, and handicapped, fosters ecumenical relations, and enhances our relationship with the cathedral neighborhood and the city of Philadelphia as well as with national and diplomatic institutions and representatives in Washington. God and the people of God are the focal point of this celebration. The bishop(s) model(s) this priority. The participating bishops represent their local Churches to the people of the Archeparchy. The celebrations have at their core the unity of the people of God gathered around the Word and the Eucharist at the Cathedral.


Youth and children are not only welcome but the focus of the celebrations. We recognize and receive the gifts of our fathers and mothers in the faith and pass them on to a new generation. We articulate the authentic Gospel in an idiom of the twenty-first century. The proclamation flows out of the creative, living tradition of the Church and is understandable to the youth. The celebration manifests that reaching out to the youth is our top priority. Its goal is to help the youth grow in their faith, pray, participate in liturgy, and reach out to the poor, infirm, and handicapped, rejoining in the Lord.


 The week will be a grateful appreciation of God’s graces in the history and tradition of the archeparchy. At the same time, it entails critical analysis of our present spiritual life and contemplation of God’s plans for our future. We move forward in a creative, contemporary way, while being rooted in our Eastern Christian tradition. The week should foster an attitude of theological/spiritual reflection and discernment.


In the midst of wide-spread cultural banality, the celebrations nurture aesthetic subtlety and richness. The week is characterized by attention to evocative symbols, quality liturgical singing and music, and particularly the beauty and art of living well in relationship with God and our neighbor — the “beauty of love”. Our symbolism and style are vital, rooted in tradition and future-oriented.


Head of organizing committee: Bishop Andriy Rabiy, Apostolic Administrator.
All service will be bi-lingual Ukrainian/English

Sunday, June 2, 2019

  • 4:30 pm
    Introductory lecture.
    George Weigel: “Twentieth Century Witness and Twenty-first Century Mission: Eastern Catholics and the Universal Church.” Immaculate Conception Cathedral.”
  • 6:00 pm
    Hierarchical Vespers opening eight days of prayer during the “Heart to Heart” week

Monday, June 3, 2019

  • 8:00 am
    Hierarchial Matins
  • 9:00 am
    Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
    Prayer continues in various forms: the Jesus Prayer, rosary, etc., involving clergy, religious, youth, Mothers in Prayer (Матері молитви), and other groups

Tuesday, June 4, 2019: Enthronement

  • 8:00 am
    Hierarchial Matins
  • 10:15 to 10:45 am
  • 10:45 am
    Procession from Old Rectory to Cathedral
  • 11:00 am
    Hierarchical Divine Liturgy presided by His Beatitude Sviatoslav and Enthronement.
  • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Reception for all at the Cathedral grounds. After the Divine Liturgy, the bishops are invited to spend time with the faithful.
  • 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Artistic/concert program
  • 6:00 pm
    Hierarchial Vespers

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Priests and religious at Cathedral

  • 7:30 am
    Hierarchial Matins
  • 8:30 am
    Hierarchial Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Priests at Cathedral

  • 10:30 am to noon
    His Beatitude Sviatoslav and Metropolitan Borys and other UGCC bishops meet with clergy
  • Option A
    Clergy go to Mother House of OSBM sisters and join soborchyk of the religious
  • 2:30 pm
    Transfer to Fox Chase OSBM
  • Option B
    Our clergy host guest clergy from Europe –a cultural or recreational activity in Philadelphia.
  • 5:15 pm
    Transfer to Fox Chase OSBM

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Religious at Fox Chase OSBM

  • 10:30 am
    Transfer of members of religious orders to Fox Chase OSBM
  • 11:15 am
    The religious gather for a soborchyk at the Mother house of the OSBM, Foxchase
  • 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
    His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Metropolitan Borys and bishops meet with religious (and clergy)
  • 6:15 pm-7:00 pm
    Hierarchial Vespers

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Washington, DC

  • 8:00 pm
    Transfer of conference participants to Washington DC, Saint Josaphat Seminary

Thursday, June 6, 2019   Conference at Catholic University of America

  • 7:15 am
    Divine Liturgy, Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family
  • 8:45 am to 10:50 am
  • 9:00 am to 10:30 am
    Pre-conference professors round table Quo vadis, theologia orientalis americana?
  • 11:00 am to 11:10 am
    Opening, Conference The Future of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in North America
  • 11:10 am to 12:45 pm
    Heart to Heart Panel
  • 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
    Unity Panel
  • 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm
    Youth Discussion
  • 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm
    Hierarchial Vespers, Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family
  • 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm
    Cocktail Reception, Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family
  • 7:15 pm to 10:00 pm
    Banquet: Announcing the creation of an Institute for Eastern Christianity and a Center for Ukrainian Church Studies at The Catholic University of America

Friday, June 7, 2019

  • 9:00 am to 10:15 am
    Divine Liturgy, Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family
  • 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Professors’ Post-conference round table Quo vadis, theologia orientalis americana?

Saturday, June 8, 2019
Archieparchial Youth Day: Heart to heart

Philadelphia, Cathedral neighborhood
Coordinators: Bishop Bohdan Danylo, Fr. Andrew T. Onuferko

  • 9:00 am
    Hierarchial Matins
  • 10:00 am
    Hierarchial Divine Liturgy, Commemorating our ancestors and handing on the legacy to the youth
  • 11:30 am
  • 12:30 to 2.30 pm
    Heart to Heart Programs for four groups in two languages
    Presentations and Interactive activities
  • 2:00 pm
    Spiritual and Physical Healing Service for Adults (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception). For Young Adults, Parents, the Infirm and Disabled
  • 3:00 to 5:00 pm
    Procession in the Cathedral neighborhood, including stops at churches and community centers of the area
  • 5:00 to 6:30pm
    Dinner (Pre-school, Children are free to depart afterwards)
  • 6:30 to 9:00 pm
    Concert and Evangelization program: Building CHURCH, one community at a time.
  • 9:00 to 12:00 pm
    Hierarchical Pentecost Vigil service

Sunday, June 9, 2019
Pentecost Sunday – Unity in the Spirit: Sharing the Gifts

  • 10:00 to 11:30am
    Hierarchical Pentecost Divine Liturgy
  • 11:45 am-12:00 pm
    Panakhyda in Cathedral crypt
  • Morning — Alternative option
    Bishops and priests from Ukraine and Western Europe travel to different parishes throughout the Archeparchy, preside or concelebrate Divine Liturgies and share with local congregation their eparchies’ experience of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Afternoon
    Blessings of graves at St. Mary’s (Fox Chase) and Cathedral cemetery (Langhorne)