March 2, 2022

Ash Wednesday


Most Reverend Borys Gudziak

Archbishop of Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia

810 N. Franklin Street

Philadelphia, PA 19123-2005


Your Excellency,

As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I write to express my own prayerful support and that of my Diocese for you, the clergy and faithful of your Archeparchy and Ukraine.  We are honoring the request of the Holy Father that we devote our prayers and fasting today as we begin the holy season of Lent for the cause of peace in Ukraine.  I will offer noon Mass in the Cathedral here for that special intention.

I remember with great fondness my visit to Ukraine during my tenure as president of The Catholic University of America and my tour of the Catholic University you served so well there.  I remain grateful to you for that cherished memory which has created a special bond in my heart with Ukraine and its people in these difficult days.

May God protect and save Ukraine and its brave people.  My prayers for you shall continue as you serve your beloved flock. Blessed Lent!

Fraternally yours in the Lord,


Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., J.C.D.

Bishop of Trenton