Notre Dame College announced Wednesday that Ukrainian archbishop Borys Gudziak would be the principal speaker and obtain an honorary diploma on the college’s graduation Might 15.
College students, school and employees have “demonstrated persevering with solidarity with Ukraine” over the previous month and can profit from and admire listening to Gudziak on the commencement celebration, Notre Dame’s president, the Reverend John I. Jenkins, stated in an announcement. Gudziak was raised in Syracuse, N.Y., by Ukrainian refugee mother and father who fled from the Communists throughout World Warfare II. In 2019, Jenkins introduced Gudziak with the Notre Dame Award, designated for “women and men whose life and deeds have proven exemplary dedication to the beliefs for which the College stands: religion, inquiry, training, justice, public service, peace and take care of essentially the most susceptible.”
“We now have beforehand honored Archbishop Gudziak for his work as chief of the Ukrainian Catholic College as a middle for cultural thought, for his Christian witness and for the formation of a Ukrainian society primarily based on human dignity,” Father Jenkins’s assertion stated. “We now additional acknowledge him as he speaks forcefully and eloquently in assist of the Ukrainian individuals and in opposition to the Russian invasion of his ancestral homeland.”
Concerning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, Gudziak stated, “Ukraine has received this warfare morally. As we speak the entire world is united round Ukraine. The witness of Ukrainians, their biblical David vs. Goliath wrestle, has impressed and given new objective to a fragmenting Europe.”