Thursdays at Sheptytsky: "Lubomyr: Being Human"

Thursdays at Sheptytsky: "Lubomyr: Being Human"

Thursdays at Sheptytsky: "Lubomyr: Being Human"



Thursdays at Sheptytsky: "Lubomyr: Being Human"

Date: Feb 15 Time: 7:30 pm - 9 pm

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On Thursdays February 15, the Sheptytsky Institute invites you to another event in the series "Thursdays at Sheptytsky." This evening the Sheptytsky Institute presents an intimate look into the life and times of the Ukrainian Catholic patriarch, His Beatitude Lubomyr Cardinal Husar (1933-2017): the film "Lubomyr: Being Human.” The documentary (with English voice-over) will be presented by his niece and God-Daughter, Maria Rypan. For 18 years a secret bishop unacknowledged by the Vatican, Lubomyr Husar rose to lead the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church and was named a Cardinal. He soon became the most trusted person in Ukraine. When asked what his greatest desire was, he would answer: “to become a human being.”

Thursdays at Sheptytsky are free events and open to the public. This evening will take place in Windle House (5 Elmsley Place) at the University of St. Michael's College.


Lubomyr – Being Human

This 6-part documentary is full of archival films and narratives by Lubomyr Cardinal Husar that illustrate his life story starting in 1933 in peaceful Lviv to Ukraine's ugly occupations, journey through war-torn Europe, immigration to USA, education and ordination, becoming a monk, two decades in Rome, return to Ukraine after 46 formative years, his role in assisting the UGCC hierarchy, rise of seminaries in independent Ukraine, his own leadership from 2001 to 2011, and continued participation as the moral authority and soul of Ukraine.

From 2001 to Feb 10, 2011 His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar headed the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church worldwide and was revered as the Church's patriarch. Though he had resigned due to ill health, he remained active in the ecclesial and social life of Ukraine. (RISU, Jun 2, 2017). Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, major archbishop emeritus of the UGCC, died on May 31, 2017 following a serious illness.

We’ll explore two parts of the series in each of our meetings:

Feb 15 - Parts 1 & 2 - Ukrainian childhood, war-torn years & immigration / Pastoral ministry

Mar 15 - Parts 3 & 4 - The monk years in Rome / Underground Church in Ukraine

Apr 12 - Parts 5 & 6 - Independent Ukraine / Rise of seminaries to own leadership and beyond

Lubomyr – Being Human” DVD back cover:

An epic collection: His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar's memories and impressions of his youth during turbulent times, his profound observations about human values and society's ideals throughout this era, incorporating the history of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic church which survived both in the underground and in exile.

His Beatitude Lubomyr's life story mirrors many segments of the life of many Ukrainians.

“I’ve pointed to his intelligence, his deep understanding arising from his Eastern background of the proper ecclesiological relationship between unity and diversity, his humanity, and his spirituality.” — John Allen Jr. 

1 – Introduction – from Maidan back to childhood in Lviv – a heroic human, Metropolitan Andrey  Sheptytsky – WW II bombing begins – through 1944

2 – Fleeing Ukraine – as a youth in Austria – PLAST scouting – displaced persons camps – immigration to USA – Stamford seminary – Washington – ordination – Soyuzivka – first parish in Kerhonkson, NY – through 1969

3 – Rome – Doctoral studies – becoming a monk – Metten, Bavaria – Cold War – underground church  – Patriarch Josyf Slіpyj – Studites – through 1975

4 – Secret ordination as bishop – leading the Studite monks – UGCC in exile – St. Sophia Religious Assoc. – return to Ukraine (Slavsk) – freedom for Ukraine – through 1991

5 – Return to Ukraine – Lviv Theological Seminary – rebirth of the UGCC – Exarch of Kyiv-Vyshhorod in 1996 – assistant to Patriarch Myroslav Lubachivsky – elected Major Archbishop – appointed a Cardinal – Pope John Paul II in Ukraine – through 2001

6 – Moving the UGCC seat to Kyiv – building the Resurrection of Christ cathedral – interfaith and international diplomacy – retired in 2011 – His Beatitude Svyatoslav as successor to the spiritual Father of the UGCC



Event Details

Date: Feb 15

Time: 7:30 pm - 9 pm

Event Category: Sheptytsky Institute, Theology