- Ukrainian Catholic University
name = Ukrainian Catholic University
native_name = Український Католицький Університет
motto = "Nosce te ipsum" (
mottoeng = Know Thyself
6 October 1929, Re-established September 1994
type = private,
faculty = 105
rector = Rev. Dr. Borys Gudziak
Lubomyr Cardinal Husar
website = [http://www.ucu.edu.ua/eng/ Official website]
The Ukrainian Catholic University ( _ua. Український Католицький Університет, "Ukrains'kyy Katolyts'kyy Universytet") is a Catholic university in
Lviv, Ukraine, affiliated with the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The ceremonial inaugurationhonoring its founding took place on June 29 2002. The Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) is the first to open on the territory of the former Soviet Union and also the first university opened by one of the Eastern Catholic Churches. en icon "History of the Ukrainian Catholic University." Ukrainian Catholic University official website. URL accessed [http://www.ucu.edu.ua/eng/about/history/ 5 November 2006] ]
The Ukrainian Catholic University was created as the successor to the "Greek Catholic Theological Academy" created during 1928-1929 by Metropolitan
Andrey Sheptytskyin Lviv, at the time part of Poland. Josyf Slipyjbecame the academy's first rector. After its closure in 1944, the Ukrainian Catholic University in Rome, founded in 1963, continued the academy's functions under the leadership of Metropolitan Slipyj. In 1994, the original school was recreated under the name of "Lviv Theological Academy", and in 1998, it became internationally recognized by the Congregation for Catholic Education. Then on June 28, 2002, the Ukrainian Catholic University was founded on the basis of the Academy. uk icon "History of the Ukrainian Catholic University." Ukrainian Catholic University official website. URL accessed [http://www.ucu.edu.ua/ukr/about/history/ 5 November 2006] ]
Beginning and turmoil
October 6 1929, the Greek Catholic Theological Academy was founded in Lviv. Under the guidance of rector Joseph Slipyj, the Academy became the center for theological and philosophic studies almost overnight.
By the time when largely Ukrainian populated Eastern Galicia was under the control of interwar Poland, the
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Churchattained a strong Ukrainian national character; and since the Polish authorities did not allow the creation of secular Ukrainian university, as that would have impeded their Polonizationpolicies, the Academy became the sole Ukrainian institution of higher education on the territory of the Second Polish Republic. For the next ten years, the Academy continued to grow and expand: opening new department, enlarging its library, and increasing its publishing capacity.
In September 1939, as a result of the Eastern Galicia , the Theological Academy was closed and its students arrested or deported. On
September 15 1941, shortly after the onset of the German invasion of the USSR the Academy's Church of the Holy Spirit and the library were ruined by the German bombings. Limited studies resumed under German occupation during the Second World War. Out of 500 students who studied at the Academy between 1941–1944, only 60 received diplomas. After the Red Army offensive recovered Lviv to the Soviets in the spring of 1945, the Theological Academy was closed, this time for decades, while many of its graduates and professors ended up in the Gulagsystem of prison camps. Soon afterwards at the Lviv Synod held in March 1946 under the pressure of the Soviet authorities the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Churchwas forcibly "united" with the recently recreated Ukrainian Exarchateof the Russian Orthodox Churchand the theological education under the UGCC, which formally "ceased to exist" in the USSR (but in reality was banned), was restricted to the underground as well as the entire UGCC as a whole. This period is known as the "Church of the Catacombs" in UGCC history.
A new chapter in the UCU history began after Ukraine attained its independence in the wake of the 1991
Soviet collapse. In September 1994, the Lviv Theological Academy (LTA) was opened. In 1998, the LTA was recognized by the Congregation for Catholic Education. ["Congregation for Catholic Education." Vatican official website. URL accessed on [http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/ccatheduc/documents/rc_con_ccatheduc_20051996_profile_en.html 5 November, 2006] ]
First graduation took place in the summer of 1999. Twenty-eight graduates received their degrees during the commencement ceremonies. This marked a significant milestone for the school as well as for the theological education in Ukraine in general. For the first time:
laityreceived a Bachelor of Artsdegree from a Ukrainian theological school at a post-secondary level.
* women in Ukraine received a degree in theology
* a degree granted by a Ukrainian theological institution had an international recognition.
Ukrainian Catholic University
The UCU came to existence on the foundation prepared for it by the Lviv Theological Academy. On his visit to Ukraine on
June 26 2001, Pope John Paul IIblessed the future university's cornerstone.
The Ukrainian Catholic University was founded on
June 29 2002. The founding is seen by the university community as a culmination of efforts by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church(UGCC) and Ukrainian academics to create an educational institution, which would grow on the foundation of "Christian spirituality, culture and worldview".
"I consider this project one of the most successful in the field of Ukrainian education", said Vyacheslav Bryukhovetskyy, President of the
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, after the establishment of the Lviv Theological Academy and its subsequent transformation into the Ukrainian Catholic University.
In cooperation with the Institute of Religion and Society of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Catholic University established and runs the Religious Information Service of Ukraine with multilanguage Web Portal. [ [http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/about_us/ About RISU] ]
* [http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/religion.and.society/digest/article;18064/ Ukrainian University Considered Key for Church, on RISU portal]
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