March 3, 2022

Most Reverend Borys Gudziak,

Archbishop Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia

810 North Franklin Street

Philadelphia PA 19123

Dear Archbishop Gudziak:

In solidarity, we express our prayers and support to the victims of the odium and hostility that have fallen on Ukraine, including the families that have been separated, those fleeing for safer ground, especially children and the elderly. In a special way, we extend our prayerful support to the Ukrainian Catholic community in the United States, who ache with helplessness for their brothers and sisters in peril.

Through the intercession of Mary, Our Blessed Mother and Queen of Peace, we ask that the Lord guide the world’s leaders to work toward a swift and diplomatic resolution to end this war, one that ensures a minimal loss of life and the complete preservation of Ukraine’s independence.

To use the words of Pope Francis, “war destroys, kills, impoverishes. Lord, give us your peace!”


Fraternally yours,

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. Archbishop, Archdiocese of Newark

Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M. Bishop, Diocese of Trenton

Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan Bishop, Diocese of Camden

Most Rev. Kevin J. Sweeney Bishop, Diocese of Paterson

Most Reverend James F. Checchio Bishop, Diocese of Metuchen

Most Reverend Kurt Burnette, Bishop, Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic

Most Reverend Yousif B. Habash Bishop, Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese