Bishop Borys Gudziak, Metropolitan of Philadelphia, made a proposal and one request to the priests of the Philadelphia Archeparchy. He said this during his meeting with the clergy of the archeparchy, held on June 5 in the Parish Hall of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia. The participants of this meeting were His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Father and the Head of the UGCC, and the bishops of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC.
First of all, the Metropolitan said that he would try to encourage priests of the archeparchy to develop their skills. “I would like to have a whole program for the development of spiritual life and the improvement of qualifications of priests with scholarships, with various opportunities to go somewhere, to have some kind of pilgrimage, to see something,” said Bishop Borys.
According to the Metropolitan, we today, as a global Church, can not live in our hiding places. We should contact each other. “I would like all priests of the Philadelphia Archeparchy to have friendly relations with the parishes of other dioceses,” he added.
The Bishop expressed his readiness to help the priests travel to UGCC parishes in Kazakhstan, Donbas or any other territory of Ukraine, the countries of the European Union so that they could see the life of Greek Catholics in different circumstances.
“When we meet people in need, our faith grows. According to such a principle, we will grow in the faith,” added the Bishop.
And the request of Bishop Borys: that every priest should have a spiritual cleric, a spiritual leader, who will help to bear all the difficulties of pastoral ministry.
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