STAMFORD, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Stamford’s Lubomyr Husar!
Lubomyr Husar, who studied in Stamford, turns 81 on Wednesday. The archbishop emeritus was born February 26, 1933, in Lwów, Poland.
He was ordained a priest on 30 March 1958 for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford.
From 1958 to 1969, he taught at St. Basil College Seminary and was pastor at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kerhonkson, New York between 1966 and 1969.
He was consecrated a bishop in 1977 in the Castel Gandolfo chapel by Major Archbishop Josyf Slipyj and named Archimandrite (Archabbot) of the Studite Monks in Europe and America in 1978.
He organized a new Studite monastery in Ternopil, Ukraine, in 1994, and was elected by the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Church as exarch of the archiepiscopal exarchy of Kiev and Vyshhorod in 1995, confirmed by the Pope the following year.
He was one of the three Eastern Catholics to participate in the papal conclave, 2005 and was the first Major-Archbishop from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church ever to participate in a papal conclave as cardinal-elector.
In October 2007, he received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of America.
He was honoured with the highest state award “for his outstanding personal contribution in spiritual revival of the Ukrainian nation and longstanding church work.