Eastern Catholic diocese installs new leader

Associated Press

Borys Gudziak, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia, blesses himself at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA -- An Eastern Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania has installed a new leader.

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia has named the Rev. Borys Gudziak as the metropolitan archbishop, which makes him the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States.

Gudziak is a 58-year-old native of Syracuse, New York. He succeeds Stefan Soroka, who resigned for health reasons last year.

Gudziak will serve as spiritual leader of the national Ukrainian Catholic Church's four regional dioceses, based in Chicago; Parma, Ohio; Stamford; Connecticut; and Philadelphia.

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