The spiritual leader of Ukrainian Catholics in South Jersey said that now for his parishioners it is really worrying, as Russia continues to invade Ukraine.

Boris Gudziak, archbishop-metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, “hopes for God’s intervention,” he said in an interview with Hanneth of New Jersey.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the attack on Thursday morning. claiming the purpose of the attack had to protect Russian-speakers in Ukraine.

“(Thursday) was a very sad day for Ukrainian democracy, which was considered an attack by a psychopath who wants to create an empire,” Gudziak said of Putin. “He has power over 11 Russian time zones, but that should not be enough.”

Hudziak has been the archbishop-metropolitan since 2019. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia serves 12,000 parishioners in New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington.

Archbishop-Metropolitan for the Ukrainian Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia Fr.  Boris Gudziak.

It has the churches of South Jersey in Cherry Hill and Millville.

Messages of support for Ukraine appeared on the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Michael in Cherry Hill.

“We believe that in this historic moment the Lord is with us!” – said in a statement. “He who holds in his hands the fate of the whole world and of each person in particular is always on the side of the victims of unjust aggression, suffering and captivity.”

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