Most Rev. Borys Gudziak, Archbishop-Metropolitan for Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. The Ukrainian Catholic Church has parishes and missions on six continents. In the USA, there are four eparchies. This parish, Saint Michael the Archangel, is part of the Eparchy of Philadelphia.
The Patriarch was born on 24th of November 1960 in Syracuse, NY. Ordained priest on 26 November, 1998 in Lviv, Ukraine and Consecrated a bishop 26 August 2012 in Lviv, Ukraine. Installation as Archbishop-Metropolitan on 4th of June 2019.
Rev. Vasyl Sivinskyi is our Parish Priest and Pastor with his wife, Hayla, as the “Panyi Matka” of our parish. They are the parents of three children and six grandchildren. Fr. Vasyl Sivinskyi was born 8th of January 1952 and was ordained on the 22nd November, 1992.
The Byzantine Tradition of the Church we have conserved the tradition of married priests. This sacred tradition is found in the New Testament (Titus 1:6ff). “Panyi Matka” is one of the terms used to both address and refer to the priest’s wife. The term means roughly “Reverend Mother.” Other names used in Byzantine Churches for the priest’s wife are: Panyi (also Ukrainian), Presbytera (Greek), Matyushka (Rusyn) – indicating that the priest’s wife in a very real sense shares in the priesthood of her husband and in good works. In 2012, St. Michael the Archangel Church, a community of faith of the Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church, celebrated 100 years of foundation. The community gathered first in houses, a neighboring Polish church, blessed to build a church on Wolfe Street and now on Eastern Ave. For 100 years St. Michael the Archangel has been standing guard for us here in Baltimore, Maryland. For years the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached. For 100 years graces have been given to us through the Holy Mysteries (the sacraments). For 100 years the people have been listening, believing in God and putting the Gospel into action. The angels are well known in sacred Scripture, in Catholic theology, in our lives; they inform, protect, and guide us as we make the path of living our Catholic faith. The angels provoke us to deeper faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.