Kathy Corcoran | July 2, 2019
LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Borys Gudziak received the 2019 Notre Dame Award on Saturday (June 29) for his work for religious and academic freedom, and for his courageous and visionary leadership of the first Catholic university established in the territory of the former Soviet Union.
University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., presented the award, saying Archbishop Gudziak has shown that “the aspiration of Catholic education is not simply the imparting of knowledge and skills, but the transformation of lives and ultimately the healing of a broken world.”
Archbishop Gudziak is widely known in the Catholic Church and the Eastern European region for rebuilding the faithful in an independent Ukraine after the Ukrainian Catholic Church was banned under the Soviet Union and its clergy were jailed or murdered. He also built the Ukrainian Catholic University into one of the country’s most reputable institutions, and established a campus center in the L’Arche community model for integrating the disabled into university life.
“In the face of innumerable challenges, in a society traumatized by war, genocide and political oppression, he and his colleagues have made the Ukrainian Catholic University a center for cultural thought, Christian witness and the education of a generation who can bring to Ukraine healing and hope,” Father Jenkins said in his remarks.
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