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Live webcasted discussion on


with Myroslav Marynovych
Vice Rector, Ukrainian Catholic University

Moderated by Ihor Gawdiak
President of the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council

The Ukrainian Catholic Church was the largest underground church in the world. After it was banned in the Soviet Union, several million faithful had to practice their faith in the forests and other hiding places. Now after independence the Ukrainian Catholic Church and many other religious denominations are flourishing. What important contributions are being made by the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv to help restore ethics and moral values in Ukraine?

Myroslav MarynovychMyroslav Marynovych, Vice Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University Lviv and President of the Institute of Religion and Society. One of the youngest founding members of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group in 1976, he was arrested and imprisoned for  10 years in prison and exile (1977-1987) in Perm and later Kazakhstan. Today, he is an expert on religious issues in Ukraine and a leading moral voice in current political discourse in his homeland.


Ihor Gawdiak is presently the president of the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, as well as one of the vice-presidents of the Ukrainian World Congress.   He is also on the Advisory Board of the US-Ukraine Foundation.  In the past, he has served on the Board of a number of Ukrainian American community organizations, including as the First Vice President of the Ukrainian Fraternal Association, President of the Ukrainian Association of Washington, DC, and Vice President of the Washington Group.  He has also been active in the Patriarchal Society of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the USA and for many years has served on the Board of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church. He is an historian by profession and taught Russian, Soviet and Modern European history at the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Maryland. He retired from the Library of Congress in 2003 after a 25-year career during which he was a Senior Analyst and a supervisor of a group of researchers in the Library's Federal Research Division.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm – 1:30 (EST).
Light lunch will be served at 12:00 pm. Discussion begins at 12:30 pm.

U.S.-Ukraine Foundation
1701 K Street NW  - Suite 903 (Note:  Bldg entrance is on 17th Street, between K & L Streets)
Limited seating. Please RSVP to rsvp@usukraine.org or by phone at (202) 223-2228 by Monday, April 26.

Questions can be asked in advance or during the webcast by emailing to oksana@usukraine.org


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